AUGUST 19 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1768 – Saint Isaac’s Cathedral was founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia on the 19th August 1768..

1839 – The French government announced that Louis Daguerre‘s photographic process was a gift “free to the world” on the 19th August 1839.

1848 – California Gold Rush: the New York Herald announced the news to the East Coast of the United States of the gold rush in California on the 19th August 1848, which actually started in January.

1861 – First ascent of Weisshorn the 5th highest summit in the Alps was on the 19th August 1861.

1871 – Orville Wright the American aviation pioneer was born on the 19th August 1871 (died 1948).

1883 – Coco Chanel the French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel Company was born on the 19th August 1883 (died 1971).

1909 – The 1st automobile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway took place on the 19th August 1909.

1919 – Afghanistan gained full independence from the United Kingdom on the 19th August 1919.

1934 – The 1st All-American Soap Box Derby was held on the 19th August 1934, in Dayton, Ohio .

1934 – The creation of the position Führer was approved by the German electorate on the 19th August 1934, with 89.9% of the popular vote.

1940 – Johnny Nash the American singer-songwriter and actor was born on the 19th August 1940.

1940 – 1st flight of the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber was on the 19th August 1940.

1946 – Bill Clinton the 42nd President of the United States was born on the 19th August 1946.

1951 – John Deacon the English bass player and songwriter from Queen was born on the 19th August 1951.

1963 – Joey Tempest the Swedish singer-songwriter from the band Europe was born on the 19th August 1963.

1965Darryn Lyons the Australian paparazzo, media personality and entrepreneur was born on the 19th August 1965.

1965 – Kyra Sedgwick the American actress was born on the 19th August 1965.

1977 – Groucho Marx the American comedian and actor died on the 19th August 1977, aged 86 (born 1890).

1983 – Missy Higgins the Australian singer-songwriter and actress was born on the 19th August 1983.

1989 – Radio Caroline the offshore pirate station in the North Sea was raided by British and Dutch governments on the 19th August 1989.

1983 – Reeva Steenkamp the South African model was born on the 19th August 1983. Reeva Steenkamp died on Valentine’s Day on the 14th February 2013, aged 29, when she was shot dead by Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, whom she had been dating since November 2012.

1983Tammin Sursok the Australian Actress and Singer-Songwriter was born on the 19th August 1983. Tammin is best known for her roles as Dani Sutherland on Home and Away and Jenna Marshall on Pretty Little Liars. Tammin released her only album Whatever Will Be in 2005. See the video of Rebecca Cartwright waxing Tammin Sursok’s legs on an episode of Home & Away: 

Today in History for August 19th ~ video presented by the Associated Press… 

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