What Happened on August 19


Historical Events

1939 – 37.6 cm rainfall at Tuckerton, NJ (state record)
1957 – NY Giants board of directors vote 8-1 to move their baseball franchise to San Francisco in 1958
1958 – NAACP Youth Council begin sit-in at “whites-only” lunch counter at Katz Drug Store in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1962 – Homer Blancos plays finest round in golf, shooting a 55
1998 – South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld of Sweden
2015 – US Food and Drug administration approves Female Viagra libido pill Addyi

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Famous Birthdays

1557 – Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg, born in Montbéliard, France (d. 1608)
1558 – Paulus Merula, Dutch lawyer and historian (Historia Belgica), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1607)
1686 – Eustace Budgell, English writer (The Spectator, writing 37 numbers signed X), born in Saint Thomas, Exeter, England (d. 1737)
1904 – June Collyer, American actress (Before Midnight, Charley’s Aunt), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
1967 – Tabitha Soren, American MTV reporter (This Week in Rock), born in San Antonio, Texas
1975 – Chynna Clugston Flores, American comic book creator (Blue Monday), born in Fresno, California

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Famous Deaths

1186 – Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1158)
1931 – Aristides Agramonte y Simoni, Cuban-American Physician, Pathologist and Bacteriologist (yellow fever), dies at 63
1950 – Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist and electrical engineer (Giorgi system of measurement), dies at 78
1975 – Jim Londos, Greek-American wrestler, dies at 81
2003 – Carlos Roberto Reina, President of Honduras (b. 1926)
2017 – Bea Wain, American pop singer (“Deep Purple” (the song, not the group); “Heart and Soul”), and radio host, dies at 100

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