Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,062 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

Let us begin with what happened today in history. You may also enter a specific day using the form on the right sidebar. It is optional to input the year. If you do give a complete date with month, day and year then only events that happened on that specific date will be shown.

About January 19

January 19, 2017 is the 19th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 346 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 9 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 19

  • 1419
    Hundred Years’ War: Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy.
  • 1661
    Thomas Venner is hanged, drawn and quartered in London.
  • 1839
    The British East India Company captures Aden.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Mill Springs – The Confederacy suffers its first significant defeat in the conflict.
  • 1883
    The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
  • 1949
    Cuba recognizes Israel.
  • 1960
    Japan and the United States sign the US-Japan Mutual Security Treaty
  • 1975
    An earthquake strikes Himachal Pradesh, India
  • 1981
    Iran Hostage Crisis: United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.
  • 1983
    The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.

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