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19 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?


19 November: In a year, the 19th of November is the 323rd day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 324th day of the year.

What special day is today? This day has its distinctiveness and importance in history.

Let’s explore people who have carved a niche for themselves on 19th November. We may also need to scan through the events that happened today.

19 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 19 November

Art & Artists

    • 1954Launch of Télé Monte Carlo TV channel by Prince Rainier III. It is the oldest private TV channel in Europe.
    • 1975 Release of “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” across theatres in America. The dramatic movie clinched five Academy Awards (best picture, director, lead actor, lead actress, and screenplay).

Science & Technology

    • 1999 Launch of China’s first Shenzhou spacecraft (Shenzhou 1).
    • 2007 The selling of the Kindle was started by Amazon.com.

Leaders & Politics

    • 1863 Deliverance of a short speech (known as Gettysburg Address) by Abraham Lincoln, the president of the U.S. He gave this address on the occasion of the dedication of the very famous National Cemetery located in Pennsylvania. The National Cemetery was constructed during the Civil War in the USA.
    • 1946Sweden, Iceland, and Afghanistan became members of the UN.

People & Society

    • 1703 The death of an unidentified prisoner of the state (in France) who was known as “The man in the iron mask”. He died at Bastille situated in Paris. a political prisoner whose identity remained a mystery was a legendary criminal in French history.
    • 1999 John Carpenter becomes the first person to win the top-most prize in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the very famous TV quiz game show.
    • 2017 Death of the notorious criminal Charles Manson whose associates brought about numerous brutal murders in the 1960s. He was a cult leader in the American criminal world.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

    • 2002 Prestige”, the Greek oil tanker plunged into the coast of Galicia, Spain. It released over 76,000 cubic meters of oil causing a big environmental disaster.
    • 2013 The double suicide bombing incident that occurred in the embassy of Iran killed 23 people and injured 160.

Discoveries & Explorations

    • 1493Christopher Columbus got onto the land of Borinquen, an island. He christened its name San Juan Bautista which later got the name, Puerto Rico.
    • 1969 Astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean became the 3rd and 4th humans to walk on the Moon. The spacecraft Apollo 12 landed at Oceanus Procellarum (which means “Ocean of Storms”) region of the Moon.

Leisure & Sports

    • 1953The ruling came from the US Supreme Court that “baseball is a sport, not a business”.
    • 19691,000th career goal was shoot by Pele, the legendary Brazilian footballer.

Birth Anniversaries (19 November)

    • 1835 Lakshmi Bai (Queen of Jhansi)
    • 1917 Indira Gandhi (Indian Prime Minister)
    • 1954 Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Egyptian President)
    • 1962 Jodie Foster (American actress-director)

Death Anniversaries (19 November)

    • 1887 Emma Lazarus (American poet)
    • 1992 Bobby Russell (American songwriter and singer)
    • 2003 Ian Geoghegan (Race car driver from Australia)
    • 2004 John Vane (English academic, pharmacologist, and Nobel laureate)
    • 2015 Ron Hynes (Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter)

What Special Day is Today: (19 November)

    • International Men’s Day
    • Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
    • World Toilet Day
    • Day of Discovery of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)
    • Liberation Day (Mali)
    • Flag Day (Brazil)


The factual story of the day (19 November) covers the entire globe and a lot of well-known personalities. The day has remained a silent observer of what happened on this day in history.

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