A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on April 19th. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On April 19, 1861, an angry mob with pro-secessionist intentions attacked US Army troops on the streets of Baltimore, an event known as The Baltimore Riot of 1861, or alternately as The Pratt Street Riot or even the more dramatic Pratt Street Massacre.
On April 19, 1927, vaudevillian and stage actress Mae West was sentenced to 10 days in jail for “corrupting the morals of youth!”
On April 19, 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman became the first known person to ever dose himself with the hallucinogenic drug LSD, after previously having discovered the psychedelic properties of the substance only 3 days earlier.
On April 19, 1956, the fairy tale came true for American actress Grace Kelly when she married Prince Rainier and became Princess Grace!
On April 19, 1985, around 200 Federal law enforcement officers began a siege of “The Farm,” a compound of the Covenant, Sword and the Arm of the Lord (CSA), a right wing white supremacist paramilitary survivalist organization.
On April 19, 1989, one of those naval oops moments we keep writing about occurred, and this particular one had catastrophic consequences for the history of the battleship.
On April 19, 2016, the Ohio legislature was considering House Bill 48, a measure meant to eliminate areas that criminals can reasonably expect to find defenseless victims.
On April 19, 2016, the 2016 New York Republican presidential primary was held in the U.S. state of New York as one of the Republican Party’s primaries ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
On April 19, 2019, horror movie fans got another installment in the Annabelle/Conjuring movie universe, this time called The Curse of La Llorona.
On Wednesday, April 19, 2023, romantic heist action comedy-drama fans had their chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Polite Society at 7:00PM at Atlas Cinemas Eastgate 10, 1345 SOM Center Road, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124!
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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