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 105,060 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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About April 19

April 19, 2024 is the 110th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 256 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Aries is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 285 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 19

  • 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.
  • 1810
    Venezuela achieves home rule: Vicente Emparan, Governor of the Captaincy General is removed by the people of Caracas and a junta is installed.
  • 1961
    The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in success for the defenders.
  • 1971
    Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in Washington, D.C.
  • 1985
    FBI siege on the compound of The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSAL) in Arkansas
  • 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.
  • 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.

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