What happened on April 19? There are more than 280 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About April 19

April 19 In HistoryApril 19 is the 109th day of the year 2021. There are 256 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 16th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Chesapeake, Virginia 23326 sunrise will occur at 06:24 AM and sunset will occur at 07:43 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aries. The modern birthstone for this month is Diamond while the mystical birthstone is Opal.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 288 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For April 19

  • 65
    The freedman Milichus betrayed Piso’s plot to kill the Emperor Nero and all the conspirators were arrested.
  • 1012
    Martyrdom of Ælfheah in Greenwich, London.
  • 1529
    The Second Diet of Speyer bans Lutheranism; a group of rulers (German: Fürst) and independent cities (German: Reichsstadt) protests the reinstatement of the Edict of Worms, beginning the Protestant Reformation.
  • 1587
    Francis Drake’s expedition sinks the Spanish fleet in Cádiz harbor.
  • 1713
    With no living male heirs, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 to ensure that Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would be inherited by his daughter, Maria Theresa of Austria (not actually born until 1717).
  • 1770
    Captain James Cook sights the eastern coast of what is now Australia.
  • 1770
    Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI in a proxy wedding.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The war begins with an American victory in Concord during the battles of Lexington and Concord.
  • 1782
    John Adams secures the Dutch Republic’s recognition of the United States as an independent government. The house which he had purchased in The Hague, Netherlands becomes the first American embassy.
  • 1809
    An Austrian corps is defeated by the forces of the Duchy of Warsaw in the Battle of Raszyn, part of the struggles of the Fifth Coalition. On the same day the Austrian main army is defeated by a First French Empire Corps led by Louis-Nicolas Davout at the Battle of Teugen-Hausen in Bavaria, part of a four day campaign that ended in a French victory.
  • 1810
    Venezuela achieves home rule: Vicente Emparan, Governor of the Captaincy General is removed by the people of Caracas and a junta is installed.
  • 1839
    The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom.
  • 1855
    Visit of Napoleon III to Guildhall, London
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Baltimore riot of 1861: a pro-Secession mob in Baltimore, Maryland, attacks United States Army troops marching through the city.
  • 1892
    Charles Duryea claims to have driven the first automobile in the United States, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
  • 1919
    Leslie Irvin of the United States makes the first successful voluntary free-fall parachute jump using a new kind of self-contained parachute.
  • 1927
    Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.
  • 1928
    The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
  • 1942
    World War II: In Poland, the Majdan-Tatarski ghetto is established, situated between the Lublin Ghetto and a Majdanek subcamp.
  • 1943
    Bicycle Day – Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann deliberately takes LSD for the first time.
  • 1943
    World War II: In Poland, German troops enter the Warsaw ghetto to round up the remaining Jews, beginning the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
  • 1945
    Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Guatemala are established.
  • 1948
    Burma (now Myanmar) joins the United Nations.
  • 1950
    Argentina becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1951
    General Douglas MacArthur retires from the military.
  • 1954
    The Constituent Assembly of Pakistan recognises Urdu and Bengali as the national languages of Pakistan.
  • 1955
    The German automaker Volkswagen, after six years of selling cars in the United States, founds Volkswagen of America in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to standardize its dealer and service network.
  • 1956
    Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco.
  • 1960
    Students in South Korea hold a nationwide pro-democracy protest against president Syngman Rhee, eventually forcing him to resign.
  • 1961
    The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in success for the defenders.
  • 1971
    Charles Manson is sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit the Tate/LaBianca murders.
  • 1971
    Launch of Salyut 1, the first space station.
  • 1971
    Sierra Leone becomes a republic, and Siaka Stevens the president.
  • 1971
    Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in Washington, D.C.
  • 1975
    India’s first satellite Aryabhata is launched.
  • 1984
    Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia’s national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
  • 1985
    FBI siege on the compound of The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSAL) in Arkansas
  • 1985
    U.S.S.R performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalatinsk.
  • 1987
    The Simpsons premieres as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show
  • 1989
    A gun turret explodes on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.
  • 1993
    South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crashes in Iowa.
  • 1993
    The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die.
  • 1995
    Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168. That same day convicted murderer Richard Wayne Snell, who had ties to one of the bombers, Timothy McVeigh, is executed in Arkansas.
  • 1997
    The Red River Flood of 1997 overwhelms the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Fire breaks out and spreads in downtown Grand Forks, but high water levels hamper efforts to reach the fire, leading to the destruction of 11 buildings.
  • 1999
    The German Bundestag returns to Berlin, the first German parliamentary body to meet there since the Reichstag was dissolved in 1945.
  • 2005
    His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger is elected the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church following the death of Pope John Paul II. The new Pope takes on the regnal name Benedict XVI.
  • 2011
    Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba’s central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

Who Were Born On April 19?

  • 1603
    Michel le Tellier, French statesman (d. 1685)
  • 1658
    Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (d. 1716)
  • 1665
    Jacques Lelong, French bibliographer (d. 1721)
  • 1686
    Vasily Tatishchev, Russian statesman (d. 1750)
  • 1721
    Roger Sherman, American statesman and signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence (d. 1793)
  • 1772
    David Ricardo, English political economist (d. 1823)
  • 1785
    Alexandre Pierre François Boëly, French composer (d. 1858)
  • 1787
    Deaf Smith, American frontiersman and revolutionary (d. 1837)
  • 1793
    Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria (d. 1875)
  • 1814
    Louis Amédée Achard, French novelist (d. 1875)
  • 1832
    José Echegaray y Eizaguirre, Spanish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1916)
  • 1874
    Ernst Rüdin, Swiss psychiatrist, geneticist, eugenicist (d. 1952)
  • 1877
    Ole Evinrude, Norwegian-American inventor (d. 1934)
  • 1882
    Getúlio Vargas, President of Brazil (d. 1954)
  • 1883
    Richard von Mises, Austrian-born mathematician (d. 1953)
  • 1889
    Otto Georg Thierack, German jurist and politician (d. 1946)
  • 1892
    Germaine Tailleferre, French composer (d. 1983)
  • 1894
    Elizabeth Dilling, American author and activist (d. 1966)
  • 1897
    Constance Talmadge, American actress (d. 1973)
  • 1897
    Jiroemon Kimura, Japanese supercentenarian and oldest living person in Japan.
  • 1897
    Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman and philanthropist (d. 1970)
  • 1899
    George O'Brien, American actor (d. 1985)
  • 1900
    Richard Hughes, English novelist (d. 1976)
  • 1900
    Roland Michener, Canadian politician, Governor General (1967-1974) (d. 1991)
  • 1903
    Eliot Ness, American lawman (d. 1957)
  • 1907
    Alan Wheatley, English actor (d. 1991)
  • 1912
    Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
  • 1920
    Gene Leis, American jazz guitarist and educator (d. 1993)
  • 1921
    Anna Lee Aldred, American first licenced female jockey (d. 2006)
  • 1922
    Erich Hartmann, German fighter pilot (d. 1993)
  • 1925
    Hugh O'Brian, American actor
  • 1925
    John Kraaijkamp, Sr., Dutch actor and comedian (d. 2011)
  • 1926
    Rawya Ateya, Egyptian politician and first female parliamentarian in the Arab world (d. 1997)
  • 1928
    Alexis Korner, English musician (d. 1984)
  • 1930
    Dick Sargent, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1931
    Garfield Morgan, English actor (d. 2009)
  • 1931
    Walter Stewart, Canadian journalist (d. 2004)
  • 1932
    Fernando Botero, Colombian artist
  • 1933
    Dickie Bird, English cricket umpire
  • 1933
    Jayne Mansfield, American actress (d. 1967)
  • 1934
    Dickie Goodman, American producer of novelty songs (d. 1989)
  • 1935
    Dudley Moore, English actor, comedian and composer (d. 2002)
  • 1935
    Justin Rigali, American Roman Catholic cardinal
  • 1936
    Wilfried Martens, Belgian politician, Prime Minister (1979-1992)
  • 1937
    Elinor Donahue, American actress
  • 1937
    Joseph Estrada, Philippine actor and politician, 13th President (1998-2001)
  • 1938
    Stanley Fish, American literary theorist and legal scholar
  • 1940
    Dougal Haston, Scottish mountaineer (d. 1977)
  • 1940
    Genya Ravan, American vocalist (Goldie & the Gingerbreads, Ten Wheel Drive)
  • 1941
    Bobby Russell, American songwriter (d. 1992)
  • 1941
    Roberto Carlos, Brazilian singer
  • 1942
    Alan Price, English musician (The Animals, The Alan Price Set)
  • 1942
    Bas Jan Ader, Dutch artist (disappeared 1975)
  • 1942
    Jack Roush, American racing entrepreneur
  • 1943
    Eve Graham, Scottish singer (The New Seekers)
  • 1944
    Bernie Worrell, American keyboardist (P Funk)
  • 1944
    James Heckman, American economist, Bank of Sweden Prize
  • 1944
    Keith Erickson, American basketball player
  • 1946
    Mary Jo Slater, American casting director
  • 1946
    Tim Curry, British actor
  • 1947
    Mark Volman, American musician (The Turtles, The Mothers Of Invention)
  • 1947
    Murray Perahia, American pianist
  • 1948
    Rick Miller, American baseball player
  • 1948
    Stuart McLean, Canadian radio host
  • 1949
    Larry Walters, American “lawn chair” pilot (d. 1993)
  • 1949
    Paloma Picasso daughter of artist Pablo Picasso
  • 1951
    Barry Brown, American actor and writer (d. 1978)
  • 1951
    Jóannes Eidesgaard, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
  • 1952
    Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (d. 2009)
  • 1953
    Rod Morgenstein, American musician (Winger)
  • 1953
    Ruby Wax, American comedian
  • 1954
    Bob Rock, Canadian record producer & musician (The Payolas)
  • 1954
    Trevor Francis, English footballer
  • 1956
    Sue Barker, British sports presenter, former tennis player
  • 1957
    Mukesh Ambani, Indian businessman
  • 1957
    Tony Martin, English musician
  • 1958
    Steve Antin, American actor and director
  • 1959
    Donald Markwell, Australian educator, Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford
  • 1960
    Ara Gevorgyan, Armenian musician, composer and musical producer
  • 1960
    Frank Viola, American baseball player
  • 1960
    John Schweitz, American basketball player and coach
  • 1960
    Roger Merrett, Australian footballer
  • 1961
    Spike Owen, American baseball player
  • 1962
    Al Unser, Jr., American race car driver
  • 1963
    Valerie Plame, American C.I.A. agent and author
  • 1964
    Gordon Marshall, Scottish footballer
  • 1965
    Natalie Dessay, French soprano
  • 1965
    Suge Knight, American record producer
  • 1966
    Brett Gladman, Canadian astronomer
  • 1966
    David La Haye, Canadian actor
  • 1966
    Julia Neigel, German singer, songwriter, producer, author and entertainer
  • 1966
    Osamu Matsuda, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1966
    Véronique Gens, French soprano
  • 1967
    Dar Williams, American musician and songwriter
  • 1967
    Steven H Silver, American science fiction editor
  • 1968
    Arshad Warsi, Indian actor
  • 1968
    Ashley Judd, American actress
  • 1968
    Mswati III, King of Swaziland
  • 1968
    Pascal Kleiman, Spanish DJ, producer, musician
  • 1969
    Andrew Carnie, Linguistics professor at the University of Arizona
  • 1969
    Jesse James, American television personality and motorcycle builder
  • 1969
    Susan Polgar, Hungarian-born American chess player
  • 1970
    Kelly Holmes, English athlete
  • 1970
    Luis Miguel, Mexican pop singer
  • 1972
    Jeff Wilkins, American football player
  • 1972
    Rivaldo, Brazilian footballer
  • 1973
    Alessio Scarpi, Italian footballer
  • 1974
    Akara Amarttayakul, Thai actor
  • 1975
    Jason Gillespie, Australian cricketer
  • 1975
    Jussi Jääskeläinen, Finnish footballer
  • 1976
    Ruud Jolie, Dutch guitarist (Within Temptation)
  • 1976
    Scott Padgett, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Dennys Reyes, Mexican baseball player
  • 1977
    Joe Beimel, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Lucien Mettomo, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1978
    Amanda Sage, American born visionary artist
  • 1978
    Gabriel Heinze, Argentinian footballer
  • 1978
    James Franco, American actor
  • 1979
    Kate Hudson, American actress
  • 1979
    Matthew Pace, American entrepreneur
  • 1979
    Zhao Junzhe, Chinese footballer
  • 1980
    Alexis Thorpe, American actress
  • 1981
    Catalina Sandino Moreno, Colombian actress
  • 1981
    Hayden Christensen, Canadian actor
  • 1981
    James Hibberd, British cricketer
  • 1981
    Martin Havlat, Czech hockey player
  • 1981
    Napakpapha Nakprasitte, Thai film actress
  • 1981
    Ryuta Hara, Japanese footballer
  • 1981
    Troy Polamalu, American football player
  • 1982
    Rocco Sabato, Italian footballer
  • 1982
    Sitiveni Sivivatu, New Zealand All Black rugby player
  • 1983
    Alberto Callaspo, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1983
    Curtis Thigpen, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Joe Mauer, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Patrick Platins, German footballer
  • 1983
    Zack Duke, American baseball player
  • 1984
    Christopher Pearce, British cricketer
  • 1984
    Lee Da Hae, South Korean actress
  • 1985
    Jan Zimmermann, German goalkeeper
  • 1985
    Valon Behrami, Swiss footballer
  • 1986
    Candace Parker, American basketball player
  • 1986
    Gabe Pruitt, American basketball player
  • 1986
    Karlee Pérez, American professional wrestler and manager
  • 1986
    Pascal Angan, Beninese footballer
  • 1986
    Will Thursfield, British footballer
  • 1987
    Courtland Mead, American actor
  • 1987
    Daniel Schuhmacher, German singer
  • 1987
    Joe Hart, English footballer
  • 1987
    Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player
  • 1987
    Oksana Akinshina, Russian actress
  • 1988
    Enrique Esqueda Mexican footballer
  • 1989
    Daisuke Watabe, Japanese footballer
  • 1989
    Dominik Mader, German footballer
  • 1989
    Fiona MacGillivray, Canadian vocalist (The Cottars)
  • 1990
    Damien Le Tallec, French footballer
  • 1990
    Kim Chiu, Filipino actress
  • 1991
    Steve Cook, British footballer
  • 1992
    Paul-Jose M'Poku, Belgian footballer

Who Died On April 19?

  • 1012
    Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 954)
  • 1054
    Pope Leo IX (b. 1002)
  • 1321
    Gerasimus I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (b. unknown)
  • 1390
    King Robert II of Scotland (b. 1316)
  • 1560
    Philipp Melanchthon, German humanist and reformer (b. 1497)
  • 1567
    Michael Stifel, German mathematician (b. 1487)
  • 1578
    Uesugi Kenshin, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1530)
  • 1588
    Paolo Veronese, Italian painter (b. 1528)
  • 1608
    Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset, English statesman and poet (b. 1536)
  • 1618
    Thomas Bastard, clergyman and epigrammatist
  • 1627
    John Beaumont, English poet (b. 1583)
  • 1629
    Sigismondo d'India, Italian composer
  • 1684
    Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist (b. 1603)
  • 1686
    Antonio de Solís y Ribadeneyra, Spanish writer (b. 1610)
  • 1689
    Queen Christina of Sweden (b. 1626)
  • 1733
    Elizabeth Villiers, mistress of William III of England (b. 1655)
  • 1739
    Nicholas Saunderson, English mathematician (b. 1682)
  • 1751
    Peter Lacy, Irish-born Russian field marshal (b. 1678)
  • 1768
    Canaletto, Italian artist (b. 1697)
  • 1791
    Richard Price, Welsh philosopher (b. 1723)
  • 1813
    Benjamin Rush, physician, activist (b. 1745)
  • 1824
    George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, English poet (b. 1788)
  • 1831
    Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger, German mathematician (b. 1765)
  • 1833
    James Gambier, 1st Baron Gambier, Royal Navy admiral of the fleet (b. 1756)
  • 1840
    Jean-Jacques Lartigue, Roman Catholic bishop of Montreal (b. 1777)
  • 1854
    Robert Jameson, Scottish naturalist (b. 1774)
  • 1881
    Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1804)
  • 1882
    Charles Darwin, English biologist (b. 1809)
  • 1892
    T. Pelham Dale SSC, Anglican clergyman prosecuted for Ritualist practices in the 1870s (b. 1821)
  • 1901
    Alfred Horatio Belo, American newswriter and businessman (b. 1839)
  • 1906
    Pierre Curie, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1859)
  • 1906
    Spencer Gore, British tennis player and cricketer (b. 1850)
  • 1914
    Charles Sanders Peirce, American philosopher and mathematician (b. 1839)
  • 1916
    Ephraim Shay, American inventor (b. 1839)
  • 1926
    Alexander Alexandrovich Chuprov, Russian statistician (b. 1874)
  • 1930
    Georges-Casimir Dessaulles, Canadian senator (b. 1827)
  • 1937
    William Martin Conway, British art critic and mountaineer (b. 1856)
  • 1941
    Johanna Müller-Hermann, Austrian composer and pedagogue (b. 1878)
  • 1949
    Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)
  • 1950
    Ernst Robert Curtius, Alsatian philologist (b. 1886)
  • 1955
    Jim Corbett, British-Indian conservationist, author and hunter (b. 1875)
  • 1960
    Beardsley Ruml, American economist and tax plan author (b. 1894)
  • 1966
    Javier Solis, Mexican singer (b. 1931)
  • 1967
    Konrad Adenauer, German statesman (b. 1876)
  • 1975
    Percy Lavon Julian, American scientist (b.1899)
  • 1988
    Kwon Ki-ok, first Korean female pilot (b. 1901)
  • 1989
    Dame Daphne du Maurier, British novelist (b. 1907)
  • 1991
    Stanley Hawes, British-born Australian film producer, director and administrator (b. 1905)
  • 1993
    David Koresh, leader of Branch Davidians (b. 1959)
  • 1993
    George S. Mickelson, American politician (b. 1941)
  • 1993
    Timos Perlegas, Greek actor (b. 1938)
  • 1997
    El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (b. 1958)
  • 1998
    Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • 1999
    David Sanes, US Navy employee (b. 1954)
  • 1999
    Hermine Braunsteiner, Nazi war criminal (b. 1919)
  • 2000
    Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor and composer (b. 1918)
  • 2003
    Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IV, Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and fourth successor to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    John Maynard Smith, English biologist (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)
  • 2005
    Clement Meadmore, Australian sculptor (b. 1929)
  • 2005
    George Pan Cosmatos, Greek film director (b. 1941)
  • 2005
    Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • 2005
    Ruth Hussey, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 2006
    Albert Scott Crossfield, American pilot, first man to fly at Mach 2 (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Helen Walton, widow of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton (b. 1919)
  • 2007
    Jean-Pierre Cassel, French actor (b. 1932)
  • 2008
    Alfonso López Trujillo, Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church (b. 1935)
  • 2008
    Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)
  • 2008
    John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • 2009
    J.G. Ballard, British novelist (b. 1930)
  • 2010
    Burkhard Ziese, German football manager (b. 1944)
  • 2010
    Carl Williams, Australian criminal (b. 1970)
  • 2010
    Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (b. 1981)
  • 2010
    Keith “Guru” Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)
  • 2011
    Elisabeth Sladen, British actress (b. 1946)

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