August 19: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 19



August 19th is the day we officially celebrate Photography Day and Aviation Day.

This day marks the 232nd day of 2024, and there are only 134 days remaining in 2024.

Today has been an interesting on over the years, and here we’re going to take a look at what events happened on this day throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1504, the Battle of Knockdoe occurred in County Galway, Ireland? The exact number of casualties is unknown, but contemporary sources indicate the battle was extensive.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about August 19th in history!


What memorable events happened on August 19 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Russia’s Luna 25 lunar lander mission crash-landed on the Moon.

The mission was Roscosmos’ (Russia’s space agency) first attempt to send a spacecraft to the moon. The last Russian attempts occurred in the 70s under the Soviet space program.


Apple became the first US company to be valued at $2 trillion.

OTD in 2020: Apple became the first US company to be valued at $2 trillion.

Apple was also the first to be valued at $1 trillion on August 2, 2018, meaning the company doubled in valuation in just over two years.


The first photos to reveal that the Aral Sea was shrinking were taken by NASA.

The Aral Sea is located between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. These particular photos became extremely valuable to scientists as they were the first to show that the eastern basin of the Aral Sea had completely dried up.


Russia and China began their first-ever joint military exercise.

Peace Mission 2005 consisted of land, sea, and air elements with 8,000 Chinese and 2,000 Russian troops. The exercise took place on the Shandong Peninsula in eastern China.


The Soviets shot down the plane of an American CIA agent, and the pilot was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Francis Gary Powers flew east of Moscow when his plane was shot down after being suspected of being an American spy. On February 10, 1962, Powers was freed in exchange for the return of Soviet spy Rudolph Abdel.


The musical “Yip! Yip! Yaphank!” by Irving Berlin premiered at the Century Theatre in New York City.


Adolphe Célestin Pégoud became Europe’s first man to use a parachute.

OTD in 1913: Adolphe Célestin Pégoud became Europe's first man to use a parachute.


The London Electric Cab began operating on London streets.

The creator Walter Charles Bersey said he aimed to mimic how the horse-drawn taxis looked.


The first eclipse observation from a hot air balloon took place at 11,500 feet altitude by Dmitri Mendeleev in Russia.


A battle at sea between USS Constitution and British HMS Guerriere occurred 400 miles off Nova Scotia.

OTD in 1812: A battle at sea between USS Constitution and British HMS Guerriere occurred 400 miles off Nova Scotia.

Britain was defeated during the battle. Stories tell how a crew member aboard Guerriere called out, “Huzzah! Her sides are made of iron!”


African American almanac author Benjamin Banneker wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson asking for justice for African Americans.


One woman and four men were hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, bringing the total to 20 during the witch trials.


The Battle of Knockdoe occurred in County Galway, Ireland.

The battle happened because of a dispute between Maelsechlainn mac Tadhg Ó Cellaigh, King of Ui Maine, and Clanricarde. There were roughly 2,500 casualties.


The coronation of King Edward I occurred at the Westminster Abbey in England.


All local Jews had to submit their books through King James I to be investigated.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Matthew Perry? See what other famous people were born on this day.


John Stamos



John Stamos


60 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Matthew Perry



Matthew Perry

Died On:

Oct 28, 2023 (Age 54)

Born In:

Massachusetts, USA


Bill Clinton



Bill Clinton


77 years old

Born In:

Arkansas, USA


Fat Joe



Fat Joe


53 years old

Born In:

New York, USA


Below you’ll find the most popular things people have said on this day throughout history.


How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

American Naturalist

Special Holidays

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

August 19: World Photography Day
United States

World Photography Day

One of humankind’s greatest inventions has to be the camera. The ability to capture a moment of time in a picture you can look back on forever after is truly mesmerizing! It’s easy to get involved in World Photography Day, simply look at some photos, or take some yourself!

August 19: National Aviation Day
United States

National Aviation Day

President Franklin D. Roosevelt founded National Aviation Day to honor the pioneers of human aviation. Appropriately set on Orville Wright’s birthday, today is all about raising interest in human flight. Participation is easy – just read up on aviation history, or watch some planes!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

Saint Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman. It was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French.

Birthday & Zodiac

For those of you who were born on this day, your star sign is Leo.

Leos tend to have a way with words. They’re well-spoken and find it easy to talk about most topics, no matter how knowledgeable they are about the subject.

For all of you born in August, your allocated birthstone is the Peridot. The peridot is usually a light green color, although the shade can vary depending on how much iron it contains. The peridot stands out from the other birthstones as it’s one of the only gemstones that doesn’t change color depending on light, heat, or other factors.

If you were born on this day, it’s likely that you were conceived on November 26 in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on August 19, 2024, will likely be due next year around May 12.

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