A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on August 19th. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On August 19, 1612, three women from Samlesbury in Lancashire, England were put on trial for witchcraft.
A letter written on August 19, 1665 or 1666 was found inside the cover of The Voynich manuscript, an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system.
On August 19, 1839, the government of France announced that the “Daguerreotype process,” an invention of Louis Daguerre as an early form of photography, would be available for free to the entire world.
On August 19, 1940, the B-25 Mitchell was flown for the first time.
On August 19, 1940, the B-25 Mitchell was flown for the first time. (NOTE: The link in the date for this entry leads to a different article than the other mention to this same event above.)
On August 19, 1953, United States and British covert spy agencies CIA and MI-6 overthrew the government of Iran led by democratically elected Mohammad Mossaddegh and reinstated the Shah (King), Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
On August 19, 1991, leader of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev was placed under arrest while on vacation in Foros, Ukraine.
On August 19, 2002, the Russian military suffered the worst fatal helicopter incident and crash in the history of aviation when a missile fired by Chechen Islamic Separatists struck a Russian Mi-26 helicopter, bringing the huge helicopter down in a minefield and killing a total of 127 Russian soldiers.
On August 19, 2019, as the Summer season nears it end, so too ended one of the most popular months for camping.
On August 19, 2019, Stipe Miocic, a heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter fighting in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) promotion, was recuperating from his hard fought regaining of the UFC Heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier, another UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight fighting legend
On August 19, 2020, we got the opportunity to screen The Stranger, a nifty movie cobbled together from a series of short segments that originally appeared on Quibi, a short form streaming service.
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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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