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January 19: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 19

January 19th is officially Tin Can Day and Popcorn Day.

We’re on day nineteen of the year, and we have 346 days left of the year.

People who were born on January 19 all share the Capricorn star sign.

This day saw major advances in sports, science, transportation and technology throughout the years, and we can’t wait to share them all with you.

Did you know that on this day in 1785, Richard Crosbie became the first Irish man to fly a hot air balloon in Ireland? He was the brother of United Irishman, Sir Edward Crosbie.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 19th in history!

What Happened On January 19 In History?

2013

Earth-like calcium-rich deposits were found on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover.

OTD in 2013: Earth-like calcium-rich deposits were found on Mars by NASA's Curiosity Rover.
Source NASA
2013

7-time winner of Tour de France, Lance Armstrong, admitted doping during all wins on Oprah Winfrey.

1993

Production of the Pixar film Toy Story began.

The film was Pixar Animation Studios' first full-length feature film as well as the first Pixar-Disney collaboration.
1983

Apple released the first computer with a graphical user interface (GUI) called the Lisa.

1977

Miami, Florida, US received snow for the first and last time ever.

The temperature dipped below 30°F on this day. A temperature rarely seen by the area.
1971

The Beatles song “Helter Skelter” was played in court as evidence for Charles Manson’s trial.

1966

Indira Gandhi was elected as India’s 4th Prime Minister.

1955

Popular board game Scrabble went on sale in the UK.

OTD in 1955: Popular board game Scrabble went on sale in the UK.
The word-finding board game was created 17 years prior and initially only for sale in the US.
1883

Built by Thomas Edison, the first overhead electric lighting system began service in Roselle, New Jersey.

The system was part of an experiment to prove that an entire community could be lit up by electricity from a central generating station.
Source Wired
1785

Richard Crosbie became the first Irish man to fly a hot air balloon in Ireland.

1607

The construction for the San Agustin Church in Manila was officially completed.

It is the oldest stone church still standing in the Philippines.

Did you know that on this day, January 19th 1785, Richard Crosbie became the first Irish man to fly a hot air balloon in Ireland?