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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 231st day of 2021, and there’s only 134 days left of the year.

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

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 facts about August 19th in history!

What Happened On August 19 In History?

2014

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

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.
1960

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 just 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.
Source BBC
1918

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

1913

Adolphe Célestin Pégoud became the first man in Europe to ever use a parachute.

OTD in 1913: Adolphe Célestin Pégoud became the first man in Europe to ever use a parachute.
1897

The London Electric Cab first operating on London streets.

The creator Walter Charles Bersey said his aim was to mimic how the horse drawn taxis looked.
1887

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

1812

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!"
1791

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

1692

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

1504

The Battle of Knockdoe occurred in County Galway, Ireland.

The battle was happened because of a dispute between Maelsechlainn mac Tadhg Ó Cellaigh, King of Ui Maine and Clanricarde. There were roughly 2,500 casualties.
1274

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

1263

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