This Day in History — July 19

Friday, July 19, 2019

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Today is the 200th day of 2019. There are 165 days left in the year.


1980: Summer Olympics in Moscow begin, minus dozens of nations boycotting the games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.


1333: The Scots are routed in battle of Halidon Hill, a significant setback in their fight for independence from England.

1848: The first women's rights convention is held in Seneca Falls, New York, where Elizabeth Cady Stanton declares that “Man cannot fulfil his destiny alone.”

1907: Emperor of Korea abdicates in favour of his son under Japan's pressure.

1918: German armies begin retreat across Marne River after being defeated in their last great offensive in France.

1939: American physician Roy P Scholz of St Louis, Missouri, becomes first surgeon to use fibreglass sutures.

1943: Allied air force stages first raid on Rome in World War II.

1956: United States and Britain inform Egypt they cannot participate in financing Aswan Dam project.

1960: Soviet Union protests to United States over plan to equip West Germany with Polaris missile.

1966: Frank Sinatra, 50, marries 20-year old actress Mia Farrow.

1969: Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins, travel into orbit around the moon.

1975: US and Soviet astronauts and cosmonauts end their two-day link-up in space.

1979: Nicaragua's leftist Sandinistas claim revolutionary victory, two days after President Anastasio Somoza flees the country.

1984: Geraldine Ferraro becomes first American woman to run for vice-president.

1991: Kurds protesting Iraqi rule fight government soldiers in first major clashes since withdrawal of allied forces.

1992: A car bomb kills Paolo Borsellino, Sicily's top mafia prosecutor.

1993: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns and dissolves Parliament, under pressure from foes who accuse his Government of corruption and electoral fraud.

1993: The United States and North Korea reach an interim agreement to ease confrontation over North Korea's refusal to permit inspection of suspected nuclear sites.

2002: An inquiry into the murders committed by British doctor Harold Shipman concludes that he killed 215 of his patients, mainly elderly women, between 1975 and 1998. He was convicted in 2000 for murder of 15 of his patients.

2003: An Egyptian appeals court acquits 11 men of debauchery for allegedly engaging in homosexual activity. President Hosni Mubarak ordered a retrial in May 2002, after their initial sentences in November 2001 had sparked international condemnation.

2006: A cruise liner carrying more than 1,000 Americans sails out of Beirut's port in the first mass US evacuation from Lebanon since Israeli airstrikes started more than a week before.

2008: Pope Benedict XVI apologises for the sexual abuse of children by Australia's Roman Catholic clergy at a mass in Sydney.

2011: A scientific autopsy confirms that Chilean President Salvador Allende committed suicide during the 1973 coup that toppled his socialist government.


Al-Bukhari, Islamic theologist (810-870); Samuel Colt, US inventor (1814-1862); Gottfried Keller, German author (1819-1890); Edgar Degas, French artist (1834-1917); Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian poet (1893-1930); Brian May, British guitarist w/rock group Queen (1947- ); Ilie Nastase, Romanian tennis player (1946- ); Anthony Edwards, US actor, (1962- )

— AP

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