October

October 19: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 19

October 19th is known as International Gin and Tonic Day & Evaluate Your Life Day.

We’ve made it to the 292nd day of the year! There are 73 days left until we reach the new year.

Those of you who were born on October 19th share the Libra star sign.

Today we’re going to learn about what made October 19th such a special day. We’ll look at what historic events have happened on this day, as well as some notable celebrity birthdays, and much more!

Did you know that on this day in 2005, Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, was tried for his crimes against humanity? He was found guilty and executed by hanging a year later.

Keep reading for more facts about October 19th in history!

What Happened On October 19 In History?

2018

A remake of the American horror slasher movie “Halloween” was released starring Jamie Curtis.

2017

Uganda Ministry of Health announced they were under an outbreak of a virus called Marburg, a virus similar to Ebola.

2015

University of California scientists found evidence that life on Earth probably began 4.1 billion years ago.

Previous estimations were 300 million years earlier than this. This new discovery means life may have started on Earth soon after it was formed.
2005

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was tried for his crimes against humanity.

1998

Cher’s “Believe” was released and became the Billboard 1999 Song of the Year.

The album featured some of her most famous singles such as "Believe" and "Strong Enough."
1990

The 1991 Best Picture, “Dances With Wolves”, premiered in Washington D.C.

It starred and directed by Kevin Costner and co-starred Mary McDonnell.
1983

A bill to recognize Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday as a national holiday passed the US Senate.

OTD in 1983: A bill to recognize Martin Luther King Jr's birthday as a national holiday passed the US Senate.
Martin Luther King Jr. was known for his civil rights movement between 1955 and 1968 before he was assassinated.
1943

Researchers at Rutgers University, New Jersey, US isolated Streptomycin which became the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis (TB).

1781

The American Revolutionary War hostiles ended after the British conceded at Yorktown.

OTD in 1781: The American Revolutionary War hostiles ended after the British conceded at Yorktown.
At 2:00 pm the British forces, under General Charles Cornwallis, signed the terms of surrender to George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau.
1512

German professor Martin Luther became a doctor when he was awarded his Doctor of Theology from the University of Wittenberg, Germany.

1386

Germany’s oldest university, and one of the world’s oldest surviving universities, The Universität Heidelberg, held a lecture for the first time.

Did you know that on this day, October 19th 2005, Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, was tried for his crimes against humanity?