About August 19

August 19, 2021 is the 231st day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 134 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 166 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 19

  • 1561
    An 18-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, returns to Scotland after spending 13 years in France.
  • 1666
    Second Anglo-Dutch War: Rear Admiral Robert Holmes leads a raid on the Dutch island of Terschelling, destroying 150 merchant ships, an act later known as “Holmes’s Bonfire”.
  • 1692
    Salem witch trials: in Salem, Massachusetts, Province of Massachusetts Bay five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft.
  • 1812
    War of 1812: American frigate USS Constitution defeats the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada earning her nickname “Old Ironsides”.
  • 1813
    Gervasio Antonio de Posadas joins Argentina’s Second Triumvirate.
  • 1861
    First ascent of Weisshorn, fifth highest summit in the Alps.
  • 1895
    American frontier murderer and outlaw, John Wesley Hardin, is killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.
  • 1909
    First automobile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway takes place.
  • 1919
    Afghanistan gains full independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1927
    Metropolitan Sergius proclaims the declaration of loyalty of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Soviet Union.
  • 1944
    World War II: Liberation of Paris – Paris rises against German occupation with the help of Allied troops.
  • 1953
    Cold War: The CIA and MI6 help to overthrow the government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran and reinstate the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • 1981
    Gulf of Sidra Incident: United States fighters intercept and shoot down two Libyan Sukhoi Su-22 fighter jets over the Gulf of Sidra.
  • 1987
    Hungerford Massacre: in the United Kingdom, Michael Ryan kills sixteen people with an assault rifle and then commits suicide.
  • 1989
    Polish president Wojciech Jaruzelski nominates Solidarity activist Tadeusz Mazowiecki to be the first non-communist Prime Minister in 42 years.
  • 1989
    Several hundred East Germans cross the frontier between Hungary and Austria during the Pan-European Picnic, part of the events which began the process of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • 1999
    In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milošević.
  • 2002
    A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a Chechen missile outside of Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.
  • 2003
    A Hamas planned suicide attack on a bus in Jerusalem kills 23 Israelis, 7 of them children in the Jerusalem bus 2 massacre.
  • 2005
    The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins.

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