Date History - On this day in history

Historical events for this day in history

Events on this day - July 19th

711 - Muslim forces under Tariq ibn Ziyad defeat the Visigoths led by their king Roderic.

2005 - Death Valley, California registers a temperature of 53.9C (129F). A total of 12 days of 50C (122F) or higher was reported. Overnight temperatures of 37.8C (100F) or higher were also observed.

2001 - UK politician and novelist Jeffrey Archer, Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare, is sentenced to four years in prison for perjury and perverting the course of justice.

1989 - A Douglas DC-10 carrying United Airlines flight 232 crashes in Sioux City, Iowa killing 112 but due to extraordinary efforts by the pilot and his crew, 184 on board survive.

1985 - US Vice President George H. W. Bush announces that New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe will become the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the Space Shuttle (see Space Shuttle Challenger).

1985 - 268 people are killed after a dam collapse in Val di Stava, Italy.

1979 - The Sandinista rebels overthrow the US-backed government of the Somoza family in Nicaragua.

1976 - Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal is created.

1967 - A Piedmont Airlines Boeing 727 and a Cessna 310 collided in mid-air over Hendersonville, North Carolina killing 82

1964 - Vietnam War: At a rally in Saigon, South Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Khanh calls for expanding the war into North Vietnam.

1947 - Burmese nationalist Aung San and 6 of his cabinet members were assassinated.

1945 - Montgomery Ward is seized by United States Army troops at the direction of Attorney General Francis Biddle because of its refusal to obey National War Labor Board orders. Montgomery Ward chairman Seward Avery is carried out of his office by tr

1943 - World War II: Rome is bombed by the Allies for the first time in the war.

1942 - World War II: Battle of the Atlantic - German Grand Admiral Karl Dnitz orders the last U-boats to withdraw from their United States Atlantic coast positions in response to the an effective American convoy system.

1940 - World War II: Battle of Cape Spada between the Royal Navy and the Regia Marina; the Italian light cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni sinks, with 121 casualities.

1940 - World War II: Army order 112 comes into effect forming the Intelligence Corps of the British Army.

1912 - A meteorite with an estimated mass of 190 kg exploded over the town of Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona causing approximately 16,000 pieces of debris to rain down on the town.

1879 - Doc Holliday kills for the first time after a man shoots up Holliday's New Mexico saloon.

1873 - William Gosse becomes the first European to discover Ayers Rock (Uluru) and names it in honour of South Australian Premier Sir Henry Ayers.

1870 - Franco-Prussian War: France declares war on Prussia.

1862 - American Civil War: Morgan's Raid - At Buffington Island in Ohio, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan's raid into the north is mostly thwarted when a large group of his men are captured while trying to escape across the Ohio River.

1848 - Women's rights: The two day Women's Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, New York and the "Bloomers" are introduced at the feminist convention.

1553 - Lady Jane Grey is replaced by Mary I of England as Queen of England after having that title for just nine days.

1544 - The Siege of Boulogne began.

1333 - Battle of Halidon Hill: the final battle of the Wars of Scottish Independence.

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