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

  • 1511
    Mirandola surrenders to the French.
  • 1661
    Thomas Venner is hanged, drawn and quartered in London.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Georgia joins South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama in seceding from the United States.
  • 1917
    Silvertown explosion: 73 are killed and 400 injured in an explosion in a munitions plant in London.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japanese forces invade Burma
  • 1945
    World War II: Soviet forces liberate the Łódź ghetto. Out more than 200,000 inhabitants in 1940, less than 900 had survived the Nazi occupation.
  • 1960
    Japan and the United States sign the US-Japan Mutual Security Treaty
  • 1991
    Gulf War: Iraq fires a second Scud missile into Israel, causing 15 injuries.
  • 1996
    The barge North Cape oil spill occurs as an engine fire forces the tugboat Scandia ashore on Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
  • 1999
    British Aerospace agrees to acquire the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc, forming BAE Systems in November 1999.

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