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

  • 43 BC
    Octavian, later known as Augustus, compels the Roman Senate to elect him Consul.
  • 1759
    Battle of Lagos Naval battle during the Seven Year’s War between Britain and France.
  • 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.
  • 1821
    Greek rebels massacre all the population of Navarino.
  • 1839
    The French government announces that Louis Daguerre’s photographic process is a gift “free to the world”.
  • 1848
    California Gold Rush: the New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States of the gold rush in California (although the rush started in January).
  • 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.
  • 1945
    Vietnam War: Viet Minh led by Ho Chi Minh take power in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • 1953
    Cold War: The CIA and MI6 help to overthrow the government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran and reinstate the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • 1955
    In the Northeast United States, severe flooding caused by Hurricane Diane, claims 200 lives.
  • 1960
    Sputnik program: Sputnik 5 – the Soviet Union launches the satellite with the dogs Belka and Strelka, 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants.
  • 1965
    Japanese prime minister Eisaku Sato becomes the first post-World War II sitting prime minister to visit Okinawa.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milošević.
  • 2003
    A car-bomb attack on United Nations headquarters in Iraq kills the agency’s top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 other employees.
  • 2005
    A series of strong storms lashes Southern Ontario spawning several tornadoes as well as creating extreme flash flooding within the city of Toronto and its surrounding communities. In Toronto, it is also dubbed as the Toronto Supercell.

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