About April 19

April 19, 2021 is the 109th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 256 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 288 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 19

  • 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.
  • 1770
    Captain James Cook sights the eastern coast of what is now Australia.
  • 1810
    Venezuela achieves home rule: Vicente Emparan, Governor of the Captaincy General is removed by the people of Caracas and a junta is installed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Guatemala are established.
  • 1951
    General Douglas MacArthur retires from the military.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in success for the defenders.
  • 1971
    Launch of Salyut 1, the first space station.
  • 1971
    Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in Washington, D.C.
  • 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
  • 1993
    The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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