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November 19: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on November 19

November 19th is a special day, as it’s the day we celebrate Play Monopoly Day and Have A Bad Day Day.

Welcome to day 323 of 365! We’re only 42 days away from celebrating the new year… but it’s probably too early to be thinking about that yet.

Everyone who was born on November 19 shares the star sign of Scorpio.

Today was a day of inventions, discoveries, disasters and some of the most famous people in the world were born and died on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Rico on his second voyage? He named the island San Juan Bautista in honor of St John the baptist.

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

What Happened On November 19 In History?

2010

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”, based on J.K. Rowling’s 2007 fantasy novel, was released worldwide on this day.

2006

The Nintendo Wii was released in the US.

The Wii was Nintendo's fifth major home game console, following the GameCube.
1980

Television broadcasting company CBS banned a Calvin Klein Jeans advertisement.

The advertisement featured 15-year-old Brooke Shields, and broadcasters thought it was too suggestive. In the ad, Shields says, "You know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing," and this was seen as inappropriate for a 15-year-old to be speaking in a slightly seductive way.
Source NYmag
1916

Goldwyn Pictures film studio was founded by Samuel Goldwyn, Edgar Selwyn, and Archibald Selwyn.

The film studio is most famed for its roaring lion logo.
1895

Inventor, Frederick E. Blaisdell patented the pencil in the US.

He called it "sheathing with paper sheaths".
1863

One of the greatest speeches of all American history, The Gettysburg Address, was given by Abraham Lincoln.

OTD in 1863: One of the greatest speeches of all American history
1850

The British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson became Britain’s Poet Laureate.

He succeeded William Wordsworth and was succeeded by Alfred Austin. Some of his most celebrated poems include "Claribel" and "Mariana."
1824

The Great Flood of St Petersburg killed 10,000 people and affected almost half a million more.

OTD in 1824: The Great Flood of St Petersburg killed 10
The Neva River was blocked by an ice jam that stopped the river flow. When that ice melted, the entire city became flooded.
1816

The University of Warsaw, Poland, was founded as a Royal University following the Partitions of Poland.

Alexander I permitted the university to be formed with five faculties, following the partitions of the country, which meant that the prestigious University of Kraków was no longer accessible for all of Poland.
1493

Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Rico on his second voyage.

461

Pope Hilarius became the Bishop of Rome.

He continued his position until his death on February 29, 468.

Did you know that on this day, November 19th 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Rico on his second voyage?