A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on July 19th. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On July 19, 64 AD, the Roman night was interrupted by the beginning of what became known as The Great Fire of Rome.
On July 19, 1588, during the Anglo-Spanish War’s Battle of Gravelines, the ultimately doomed Spanish Armada was sighted in the English Channel.
On July 19, 1814, Samuel Colt was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and although he lived only to the age of 47 became rich and famous as the man that made the repeating firearm a practical reality.
On July 19, 1848, somewhat earlier than you may have imagined, the modern Women’s Rights movement began with a 2 day convention held in Seneca Falls, New York.
On July 19, 1919, England celebrated Peace Day in honor of winning World War I.
On July 19, 1963, Joe Walker flew a North American X-15 rocket plane to a record altitude of 106 kilometers, qualifying him as an astronaut.
On July 19th, 1966, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow wed.
On July 19, 1977, the first ever Global Positioning System, GPS, signal was received in Cedar Rapids, Iowa courtesy of Navigation Technology Satellite 2, ushering in an era that prevents fumbling around with intricately folded maps while trying to drive a car.
On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, science fiction action fans had their chance to be among the first in Cleveland to see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets before it opened in theaters at 7:30pm at Tower City Cinemas in Cleveland, Ohio.
On July 19, 2019, as our nation celebrates National Daiquiri Day, that wonderful concoction with Rum and fruit juices, usually served over ice or as a “frozen” drink, we reflected on those other liquid refreshments that are also named after a place.
Classical music fans in Northeast Ohio had their chance to “win” one of two family four packs of tickets for The Kent Blossom Music Festival’s third concert on Wednesday, July 19th, 2023 at the Ludwig Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.
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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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