19 March: Are you curious to find out what happened on this day in history?
Today has been a remarkable day in history. There have been revolutionary actions and art contributions.
Let’s unwrap and see what special day is today.
What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 19 March
Government, War and Peace
- 1452 – Frederick III became the last Holy Roman emperor to be crowned by the pope, Nicholas V.
- 1916 – The first use of air combat by the US when Eight Curtiss “Jenny” planes of the First Aero Squadron were used in support for the 7,000 U.S. troops who invaded Mexico to capture Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.
- 1931 – The Nevada state legislature voted to legalize gambling hoping to bring much needed money to the state in the worst of the depression years.
- 1945 – Japan USS Carrier Franklin: Japanese aircraft attacked the USS carrier Franklin, killing about 724 of the crew. The ship did not sink and managed to limp back to Pearl Harbor for repairs.
- 1970 – Germany Leaders Met for the First Time: The leaders of East Germany and West Germany met for the first time since the country was divided in 1949 following the end of the second world war.
- 2003 – U.S. Invasion of Iraq: President George W. Bush addressed the nation via live television and announced that Operation Iraqi Freedom had begun to rid Iraq of tyrannical dictator Saddam Hussein and eliminate Iraq’s ability to develop weapons of mass destruction.
- 1932 – The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the fourth-longest spanning-arch bridge in the world across Sydney Harbour, officially opened. The bridge was designed to carry road traffic, railway traffic and a footpath on each side.
- 1971 – Peru Earthquake: An earthquake set off a landslide, flood and avalanche that resulting in the destruction of the town of Chungar, Peru, and the death of most of the town’s people.
- 1996 – One of the worst fires in the history of the Philippines swept through a Manila discotheque, killing 159 of the 400 people in the nightclub, which was intended to hold no more than 35.
- 2010 – The Pope sent a special pastoral letter to Irish Catholics on the issue of child sex abuse within the Church. In the Vatican document, Pope Benedict had issued a heartfelt apology to the people of Ireland and to thousands of victims of sexual abuse in past decades by the country’s Roman Catholic priests.
Birth Anniversaries (19 March)
- 1629 – Alexis, Tsar of Russia from 1645 to 1676.
- 1873 – Max Reger, German composer and teacher noted for his organ works, which use Baroque forms; he was one of the last composers to infuse life into 19th-century musical traditions.
- 1906 – Adolf Eichmann, German military official.
Death Anniversaries (19 March)
- 1687 – René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, French explorer in North America.
- 1721 – Clement XI, Pope.
- 1916 – Vasily Ivanovich Surikov, Russian Realist history painter.
- 1987 – Louis de Broglie, French physicist best known for his research on quantum theory and for predicting the wave nature of electrons. He was awarded the 1929 Nobel Prize for Physics.
- 1997 – Willem de Kooning, Dutch-born American abstract expressionist artist.
What Special Day is Today: 19 March
- International Client’s Day
- International Sports Car Racing Day – March 19, 2022 (Third Saturday in March)
- Let’s Laugh Day – USA
- Saint Joseph’s Day – International
- Save the Panther Day – March 19, 2022 (Third Saturday in March)
- Worldwide Quilting Day
We hope this article was interesting and you found out what special day is today. This day has been a potpourri of interesting events that make you wonder.
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