1788 – The 2nd group of ships of the First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay on the 19th January 1788.
1809 – Edgar Allan Poe the American author and poet was born on the 19th January 1809 (died 1849).
1813 – Henry Bessemer the English engineer and businessman was born on the 19th January 1813 (died 1898).
1839 – Paul Cézanne the French painter was born on the 19th January 1839 (died 1906).
1883 – The 1st electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, began service at Roselle, New Jersey on the 19th January 1883.
1915 – Georges Claude patented the neon discharge tube for use in advertising on the 19th January 1915.
1920 – The United States Senate voted against joining the League of Nations on the 19th January 1920.
1935 – Coopers Inc. sold the world’s first briefs on the 19th January 1935.
1935 ~ Johnny O’Keefe the Australian singer-songwriter was born on the 19th January 1935 (died 6 October 1978 aged 43).
1937 – Howard Hughes set a new air record on the 19th January 1937, by flying from Los Angeles, California to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds.
1939 – Phil Everly the American singer-songwriter and guitarist from The Everly Brothers was born on the 19th January 1939.
1942 – Michael Crawford the English actor and singer was born on the 19th January 1942.
1943 – Janis Joplin the American singer-songwriter was born on the 19th January 1943 (died 1970).
1943 – Princess Margriet of the Netherlands was born on the 19th January 1943.
1946 – Dolly Parton the American singer-songwriter and actress was born on the 19th January 1946.
1949 – Robert Palmer the English singer-songwriter and guitarist from the Power Station was born on the 19th January 1949 (died 2003).
1953 – 71.7% of all television sets in the United States were tuned in to I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth on the 19th January 1953.
1958 – Thomas Kinkade the American painter was born on the 19th January 1958 (died 2012).
1968 – Whitfield Crane the American singer-songwriter from Ugly Kid Joe was born on the 19th January 1968.
1969 – Luc Longley, Australian basketball player
1977 – Snow fell in Miami, Florida on the 19th January 1977, making it the only time in the history of the city that snow had fallen. Snow also fell in the Bahamas on the same day.
1978 – The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany left VW’s plant in Emden on the 19th January 1978. Beetle production continued in Latin America until 2003.
1980 – Jenson Button the English race car driver was born on the 19th January 1980.
1982 – Jodie Sweetin the American actress was born on the 19th January 1982.
1983 – The Apple Lisa, the 1st commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, was announced on the 19th January 1983.
1986 – The first IBM PC computer virus was released into the wild on the 19th January 1986. A boot sector virus dubbed (c)Brain was created by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to deter piracy of the software they had written.
2006 – The New Horizons probe was launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto on the 19th January 2006.
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