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October 19: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 19

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

We’ve made it to the 293rd day of the year! There are 73 days remaining in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about October 19th in history!

Events

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

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 Marburg virus, a virus similar to Ebola.

2015

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

OTD in 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 discovery means life may have started on Earth soon after it was formed.

2008

NASA launched its IBEX satellite from the Stargazer mother ship launch pad above the Marshall Islands.

The primary purpose of the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) was to use energetic neutral atoms to take photos of the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space. It was launched using a Pegasus XL launch vehicle, a special type of rocket launched from the air, as opposed to a launchpad on the ground, hence why the Stargazer mother ship was required.

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 was directed by and starred 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 in New Jersey, US, isolated Streptomycin, which became the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis (TB).

1900

Max Planck proposed Planck’s Law, a new law of physics for black-body radiation.

1813

Napoleon was forced to retreat from Germany after the Battle of Leipzig.

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, under General Charles Cornwallis, the British forces 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.

Famous Births

Is today your birthday? If so, did you know that Rebecca Ferguson was also born on this day? Here are more famous people born on this day.

1940

Michael Gambon

Irish-English

Actor

Michael Gambon

Died On:

Sep 28, 2023 (Age 82)

Born In:

Dublin, Ireland

1966

Jon Favreau

American

Actor

Jon Favreau

Age:

57 years old

Born In:

New York, USA

1983

Rebecca Ferguson

Swedish

Actress

Rebecca Ferguson

Age:

40 years old

Born In:

Stockholm, Sweden

1982

Gillian Jacobs

American

Actress

Gillian Jacobs

Age:

41 years old

Born In:

Pennsylvania, USA

1945

John Lithgow

American

Actor

John Lithgow

Age:

78 years old

Born In:

New York, USA

Quotes

Every day brings a new quote – here are the most renowned quotes spoken on this day in history.

2008

Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Brazilian Lyricist

Special Holidays

Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, here’s a few! These unique holidays are sure to bring some enjoyment to your day.

October 19: National Evaluate Your Life Day
International

National Evaluate Your Life Day

When was the last time you checked in with yourself to see if you’re still on the right track? It’s remarkable how fast time can fly by without doing so. So spend today taking a long, hard look at where you are in life, and think about the changes you can make to be a better you!

October 19: International Gin and Tonic Day
International

International Gin and Tonic Day

While everything should always be in moderation, International Gin and Tonic Day only falls on one day of the year. So with that in mind, make the most of today by heading to your favorite gin bar with your friends and sipping on a gin and tonic or two.

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

Greenland sharks have an estimated lifespan of up to six hundred years.

Birthday & Zodiac

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

Libras love socializing and are often the center of attention amongst their peers. They’re incredibly diplomatic and are excellent at diffusing conflict with reasonable, thought-out solutions.

For all of you born in October, your allocated birthstone is the Pink Tourmaline. The pink tourmaline provides both compassion and wisdom. On the compassionate side, pink tourmaline helps create loyal, long-lasting friendships and love. The warmth of this stone opens the hearts to the wisdom of those born this month.

If you were born today, you would likely have been conceived on or around January 26 of the same year.

The due date for a baby conceived on October 19, 2024, is around July 12, 2025.

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