April 19


1764 – The English Parliament banned the American colonies from printing paper money.

1775 – The American Revolution began as fighting broke out at Lexington, MA.

1861 – Thaddeus S. C. Lowe sailed 900 miles in nine hours in a hot air balloon from Cincinnati, OH, to Unionville, SC.

1892 – The Duryea gasoline buggy was introduced in the U.S. by Charles and Frank Duryea.

1897 – The first annual Boston Marathon was held. It was the first of its type in the U.S. It was won by New Yorker John J. McDermott in a time of 2:55:10.

1911 – Some 4,000 workers waked off their jobs at 35 Grand Rapids, MI furniture shops and stayed out 19 weeks in a strike for better pay and improved working conditions.

1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation that removed the U.S. from the gold standard.

1939 – Connecticut approved the Bill of Rights for the U.S. Constitution after 148 years.

1951 – General Douglas MacArthur gave his “Old Soldiers” speech before Congress after being relieved by President Harry Truman. In the address General MacArthur said that “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”

1956 – Actress Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The civil ceremony took place on April 18.

1960 – Baseball uniforms began displaying player’s names on their backs.

1967 – Surveyor 3 landed on the moon and began sending photos back to the U.S.

1971 – Russia launched the Salyut into orbit around Earth. It was the first space station.

1971 – Charles Manson was sentenced to death (later commuted life imprisonment) for conspiracy to commit the Tate/LaBianca murders.

1977 – Alex Haley received a special Pulitzer Prize for his book “Roots.”

1982 – NASA named Sally Ride to be first woman astronaut. Guion S. Bluford Jr. was named as the first African-American astronaut.

1982 – The U.S. announced a ban on U.S. tourist and business travel to Cuba.

1987 – In Phoenix, AZ, skydiver Gregory Robertson went into a 200-mph free-fall to save an unconscious colleague 3,500 feet from the ground.

1987 – The last California condor known to be in the wild was captured and placed in a breeding program at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.

1987 – “The Simpsons” premiered as a short cartoon on television’s “The Tracy Ullman Show”.

1988 – Sonny Bono was inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs, CA.

1989 – A giant asteroid passes within 500,000 miles of Earth.

1989 – A gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa. 47 sailors were killed.

1991 – Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 rounds for the heavyweight boxing crown.

1993 – The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the cult and U.S. federal agents. 86 people were killed including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire.

1994 – A Los Angeles, CA jury awarded Rodney King $3.8 million for the police violation of his civil rights.

1995 – The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was destroyed by a bomb. It was the worst bombing on U.S. territory. 168 people were killed including 19 children, and 500 were injured. Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997.

2000 – The Oklahoma City National Memorial was dedicated on the fifth anniversary of the bombing in Oklahoma that killed 168 people.

2000 – Oprah Winfrey debuted “O” magazine.

2002 – The USS Cole was relaunched. In Yemen, 17 sailors were killed when the ship was attacked by terrorists on October 12, 2000. The attack was blamed on Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network.

2013 – Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police. His brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured while hiding in a boat inside a backyard in Watertown, MA.



Elinor Donahue 1937 – Actress (TV’s “Father Knows Best”, “The Andy Griffith Show”, movie “Pretty Woman”)

Alan Price 1942 – Musician (The Animals)

Tim Curry 1946 – Actor (“Stephen King’s It”, “Amadeus”, “The Hunt for Red October”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”)

Tony Plana 1952 – Actor (TV’s “Ugly Betty”)

Bob Rock 1954 – Record producer (Metallica, Bryan Adams, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi and many others)

Paul Day 1956 – Musician (Iron Maiden)

Al Unser, Jr. 1962 – Race car driver

Suge Knight 1966 – Record company executive

Bekka Bramlett 1968 – Singer (Fleetwood Mac)

Ashley Judd 1968 – Actress (“DeLovely”, “Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood”, “High Crimes”, “Eye of the Beholder”, “Double Jeopardy”, “Kiss the Girls”)

James Franco 1978 – Actor (“Milk”, “Spider-Man”)

Kate Hudson 1979 – Actress (“Almost Famous”, “Raising Helen”, “Bride Wars”, “You Me and Dupree”, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, “The Skeleton Key”)

Hayden Christensen 1981 – Actor (“Life as a House,” “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”, “Shattered Glass”)

Catalina Sandino Moreno 1981 – Actress (“Maria Full of Grace”)

Courtland Mead 1987 – Actor (“Dragonworld”, “The Little Rascals”, “Tom and Huck”, “Corrina, Corrina”, TV’s “Kirk”, “Courtland”, “Stephen King’s The Shining”, “The Young and the Restless”)

Maria Sharapova 1987 – Tennis player



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1 Comment

  1. Wendy K. Huizinga
    April 19, 2017 - 12:58 pm

    Thank you so much for this information, Scott! How very thoughtful of you!! Lots of bad things happened on this day, including my younger brother dying of Hepetitis C in 2003, but every year is still a blessing because of family, friends and people like YOU! God bless you….Keep the Faith!!


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