Today in History, January 19th

By | January 19, 2014

A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 19th!

1523 In Switzerland, Ulrich Zwingli publishes his 67 Articles, the first manifesto of the Zurich Reformation which attacks the authority of the Pope.
1736 James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, was born in Scotland.
1783 William Pitt becomes the youngest Prime Minister of England at age 24.


William Pitt


1807 Robert E. Lee, the commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies, was born in Stratford, Va.
1809 Author Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston.
1847 New Mexico Governor Charles Bent is slain by Pueblo Indians in Taos.
1861 Georgia secedes from the Union.
1902 The magazine “L’Auto” announces the new Tour de France.
1915 The first German air raids on Great Britain inflict minor casualties.
1923 The French announce the invention of a new gun that has a firing range of 56 miles.
1931 The Wickersham Committee issues a report asking for revisions in the dry law, but no repeal.
1937 Howard Hughes flies from Los Angeles to New York in seven hours and 22 minutes.


Howard Hughes (1936)

1937 In the Soviet Union, the People’s Commissars Council is formed under Molotov.
1943 Rock singer Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas.
1944 The federal government relinquished control of the nation’s railroads after settling a wage dispute.
1945 The Red Army captures Lodz, Krakow, and Tarnow.
1947 The French open a drive on Hue, Indochina.
1949 The Chiang Government moves the capital of China to Canton.
1950 Communist Chinese leader Mao recognizes the Republic of Vietnam.
1955 A presidential news conference was filmed for TV for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. President-Dwight-Eisenhower-television
1968 Cambodia charges that the United States and South Vietnam have crossed the border and killed three Cambodians.
1979 Former Attorney General John Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months in federal prison for Watergate-related crimes.
1981 The United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.
1983 The New Catholic code expands women’s rights in the Church.
2001 In a deal sparing himself possible indictment, President Bill Clinton acknowledged for the first time making false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky; he also surrendered his law license for five years.
2006 An unmanned NASA spacecraft blasted off on a 3 billion-mile journey to Pluto.
2010 In a major upset, Republican Scott Brown captured the U.S. Senate seat held by liberal champion Edward Kennedy for nearly half a century as he defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election.


Republican Scott Brown (2010)

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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