On This Day

On This Day in History for March 19 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1987 Hassanali inaugurated as president of Trinidad & Tobago

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 American televangelist Jim Bakker resigns amid rape accusation by his secretary, Jessica Hahn

Televangelist Jim Bakker
Jim Bakker
  • 1988 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1989 Boeing V-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
  • 1989 Ice Pairs World Championship at Paris won by Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov (USSR)
  • 1989 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Midori Ito (Japan)
  • 1991 Gorbachev says the Soviet Union will cut its oil exports by nearly half
  • 1992 Britain's Prince Andrew & Sarah, Duchess of York, announce separation
  • 1993 Ice Pairs Championship in Prague won by I Brasseur & L Eisler (CAN)
  • 1993 US Supreme Court Justice Byron R White announced plans to retire
  • 1994 2,500 kilograms of cocaine intercepted in Zeewolde, Netherlands
  • 1994 Lara scores 167 for WI v England at Georgetown
  • 1994 Largest omelette (1,383sq ft) made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1995 Arizona outside of Phoenix begins using new telephone area code 520
  • 1995 Finnish Social Democratic Party wins parliamentary election
  • 1995 Neil Marshall skates world record 3 km (3:54.08)

  • 1997 Ice Pairs won by Mandy Woetzel & Ingo Steuer (GER)
  • 1997 US Supreme Court hears Internet indecency arguments
  • 2001 The Bank of Japan issued a monetary policy known as quantitative easing, which stimulated the Japanese economy after the burst of the dot-com bubble.
  • 2002 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda ends (started on March 2) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities

IraqInvasion of Iraq

2003 Airstrikes by an American and British-led coalition signal the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion

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US troops in a sandstorm during the invasion of Iraq in 2003
US troops in a sandstorm during the invasion of Iraq in 2003
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  • 2004 A truck and a bus crash head-on in Äänekoski, Finland. 24 people are killed and 13 injured.
  • 2004 A Swedish DC-3 shot down by a Russian MiG-15 in the 1950s is finally recovered after years of work. The remains of the crew are left in place, pending further investigations.
  • 2004 Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian is shot just before the country's presidential election on March 20.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 On the weekend of his 84th birthday, Fred Shuttlesworth gives his final sermon in front of 300 people at the Greater New Light Baptist Church

Civil Rights Activist Fred Shuttlesworth
Civil Rights Activist
Fred Shuttlesworth
  • 2008 GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed
  • 2012 Wendy's overtakes Burger King to become the second best-selling hamburger chain
  • 2013 27 people are killed and 14 are injured in a bus crash in Maharashtra, India
  • 2013 16 people are killed by mudslides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2013 NASA's Mars rover Curiosity discovers further evidence of water-bearing minerals
  • 2014 Russia captures the Ukrainian naval base in Sevastopol
  • 2014 Israel sends airforce against Syrian military units involved in an attack yesterday on an Israeli patrol in the Golan Heights
  • 2018 Mississippi signs into law the US's strictest abortion laws, no termination after 15 weeks
  • 2018 World's last male northern white rhino, 45 year old Sudan, dies in Kenya
  • 2019 Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announces his resignation after nearly 30 years in office, the last soviet-era head of state
  • 2019 American Karen Uhlenbeck becomes the 1st woman to win mathematics Abel Prize
  • 2019 Image of Australian rules footballer Tayla Harris attacked by internet trolls and controversially removed before being reinstated
  • 2019 "Superbloom" of poppies in Walker Canyon, southern California visible from space, after high rainfall
  • 2020 Italian death toll from COVID-19 at 3,405 surpasses China's official total (3,245) making it then the worst-affected country in the world
  • 2020 State of California with 910 cases of COVID-19 locks down and orders people to "stay at home"
  • 2020 Professional football in England is further postponed until 'no earlier than 30 April' due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2021 Icelandic volcano Fagradalsfjall erupts for the first time in 800 years and after more than 50,000 earthquakes

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