Date History - On this day in history

Historical events for this day in history

Events on this day - September 19th

2003 - Musician Elliott Smith plays his final concert at Redfest in Salt Lake City, Utah, only weeks before his suicide.

2001 - Commencement of combatant activities in Afghanistan (the date designated by U.S. President George W. Bush in Executive Order 13239 of December 12, 2001).

1997 - Guelb El-Kebir massacre in Algeria; 53 killed.

1995 - The Washington Post and The New York Times publish the Unabomber's manifesto.

1994 - The pilot episode of the hit medical drama ER airs in the United States, on NBC.

1991 - ÷tzi the Iceman is discovered by a couple of German tourists.

1989 - Hurricane Hugo makes landfall in the U.S. state of South Carolina.

1989 - A terrorist bomb explodes UTA Flight 772 in mid-air above the Týnýrý Desert, Niger, killing 171.

1985 - Tipper Gore and other political wives form the Parents Music Resource Center.

1985 - Frank Zappa and other musicians testify at Congressional hearings on obscenity in rock music.

1985 - A strong earthquake hits Mexico City and other parts of Mexico, killing thousands and demolishing about 400 buildings.

1983 - Saint Kitts and Nevis gains its independence.

1982 - Scott Fahlman posts the first recorded instance of the emoticon :-) to an online bulletin board.

1981 - Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunite for a free concert in New York's Central Park.

1978 - Newspaper boy Carl Bridgewater is shot dead after disturbing burglars at a farm, leading to famous murder trial.

1976 - A Turkish Boeing 727 hits a mountain in southern Turkey killing 155.

1973 - King Carl XVI Gustaf accedes to the throne of Sweden.

1972 - A parcel bomb sent to Israeli Embassy in London kills one diplomat.

1970 - Grateful Dead at Fillmore East.

1959 - Nikita Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland.

1957 - First U.S. underground nuclear bomb test.

1957 - Dalida is the first artist to be awarded a gold record in France for 300 000 sales of "Bambino".

1952 - The US bars Charlie Chaplin from reentering the country after a trip to England.

1946 - The Council of Europe is founded following a speech given by Winston Churchill at the University of Zurich.

1945 - Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) sentenced to death in London.

1944 - Armistice between Finland and Soviet Union signed. (End of the Continuation War).

1934 - Bruno Hauptmann is arrested for the murder of Charles Lindbergh Junior.

1900 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid commit their first robbery together.

1893 - Women's suffrage: In New Zealand, the Electoral Act of 1893 is consented to by the governor giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote, beginning with the 1893 New Zealand general election.

1863 - American Civil War: Battle of Chickamauga.

1862 - American Civil War: Battle of Iuka - Union troops under General William Rosecrans defeat a Confederate force commanded by General Sterling Price at Iuka, Mississippi.

1796 - George Washington makes his farewell address.

1778 - The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the United States.

1777 - First Battle of Saratoga/Battle of Freeman's Farm/Battle of Bemis Heights.

1692 - Giles Corey is pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem witch trials.

1356 - In the Battle of Poitiers, the English defeat the French.

Top of page