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Births for January 19


  • 570 Mohammed, Islamic prophet (Koran)
  • 1544 Francis II, king of France (1559-60)
  • 1639 No‰l Alexandre, French theologian/historian
  • 1736 James Watt, Scotland, inventor (steam engine)
  • 1737 Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Fr writer (Paul et Virgin)
  • 1749 Isaiah Thomas, US, printer/editor/publisher/historian
  • 1798 Auguste Comte, philosopher/founder (sociology & positivism)
  • 1807 Robert Edward Lee, Stratford Va, General-in-Chief (Confederacy)
  • 1809 Edgar Allan Poe, Boston, author (Pit & the Pendulum)
  • 1813 Sir Henry Bessemer, engineer/inventor (Bessemer engine)
  • 1816 Henry Gray, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1892
  • 1820 John Haskell King, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1888
  • 1827 Carlos Guido y Spano, Argentina, conductor (R fagas)
  • 1830 George Blake Cosby, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1909
  • 1837 William Williams Keen, surgeon (brain)
  • 1839 Paul C‚zanne, France, impressionist painter (Bathers)
  • 1851 David Starr Jordan, NY, biologist/university pres (Leland Stanford)
  • 1851 Johannes C Kapteyn, astronomer
  • 1859 Alice Eastwood, Toronto, botanist (Handbook of Trees of Calif)
  • 1877 Charles Coburn, Savannah Ga, actor (Devil & Miss Jones)
  • 1883 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor
  • 1887 Alexander Woollcott, NJ, short story writer (Man Who Came to Dinner)
  • 1892 Olafur Thors, Icelandic PM (6 times, 1942-63)
  • 1897 Ren‚ Victor, Flemish lawyer/knight (Rechtskundig Weekblad)
  • 1903 Erwin Nyiregyh zi, Budapest Hungary, pianist
  • 1906 Ish Kabbible, (Merwyn Bogue), Penns, comedian (Kay Kyser's Kollege)
  • 1906 Lanny Ross, Seattle, radio singer (Show Boat, The Swift Show)
  • 1907 Lilian Harvey, British actress
  • 1910 Willi Schmidt, Germany, director
  • 1912 Leonid V Kantorovich, St Petersburg Russia, economist (Nobel)
  • 1915 Alvy West, Bkln NY, orch leader (Andy Williams Show)
  • 1918 John H Johnson, US, publisher (Negro Digest, Ebony, Jet)
  • 1919 Anthony Dexter, (Walter Fleischmann), NB Canada, actor
  • 1919 Dharam Singh, India, field hockey player (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1920 Javie P‚rez de Cu‚llar, Lima Per£, 5th sec-gen of UN (1982- )
  • 1921 Patricia Highsmith, US, detective writer (L'amateur d'escargot)
  • 1922 Guy Madison, Bakersfield Calif, actor (Adv of Wild Bill Hickok)
  • 1922 Ken Hughes, Liverpool England, director (Casino Royale)
  • 1923 Jean Stapleton, NYC, actress (Damn Yankees, Klute, All in the Family)
  • 1924 Nicholas Colasanto, Providence RI, actor (Coach Ernie-Cheers)
  • 1926 Fritz Weaver, Pitts Pa, actor (Josef-Holocaust, Day of the Dolphin)
  • 1929 Ulu Grosbard, Belgium, actor(?)
  • 1931 Robert MacNeil, Montreal, news anchor (NBC Weekend News, 1965-67)
  • 1931 Ron Packard, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • 1932 Joe Schmidt, NFL linebacker (Detroit)
  • 1932 Richard Lester, movie director (Hard Datys Night, Help!, Petulia)
  • 1935 Tippi Hedren, Minnesota, actress (The Birds, Marnie, Bold & Beautiful
  • 1936 Ursula Andress, Switzerland, actress (She)
  • 1938 Denny Smith, (Rep-R-OR, 1981- )
  • 1938 Phil Everly, Brownie Ky, singer (Everly Bros-Wake Up Little Susie)
  • 1942 Michael Crawford, England, Broadway star (Phantom of the Opera)
  • 1942 Shelly Fabares, Santa Monica Calif, actress (Donna Reed Show, Coach)
  • 1943 Janis Joplin, Port Arthur Tx, bluesy rock singer (Down on Me)
  • 1943 Margret Francisca, Princess
  • 1945 Rod Evans, rocker (Deep Purple-Come Taste the Band)
  • 1946 Dolly Rebecca Parton, Sevierville Tn, country singer (Dolly, 9 to 5)
  • 1946 Julian Barnes, England, writer (Before She Met Me)
  • 1947 Ann Compton, news reporter (ABC TV)
  • 1949 Robert Palmer, singer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
  • 1951 Linda Hayden, Middlesex England, actress (Blood on Satan's Claw)
  • 1951 Martha Davis, vocalist/guitar (Motels-Only the Lonely, Shame)
  • 1952 Dewey Bunell, Yorkshire England, rock guitarist (America-Daisy Jane)
  • 1953 Desi Arnaz Jr, LA Calif, actor (Craig-Here's Lucy, Fakeout, Joyride)
  • 1954 Steve DeBerg, NFL quarterback (Broncos, Chiefs, Bucs, 49ers)
  • 1955 Simon Rattle, England, orchestra conductor (Birmingham Symph Orch)
  • 1957 Mickey Virtue, rocker (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1960 Alfrederick Joyner, E St Louis Ill, triple jumper (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1962 Anthony Edwards, US, actor (Mike Monroe-Northern Exposure)
  • 1966 Stefan Edberg, Sweden, tennis player (Wimbeldon 1988)
  • 1977 Taliesin Jaffe, Venice Calif, actor (Willy-Hail to the Chief)
  • 1982 Jodie Sweetin, actress (Stephanie Tanner-Full House)


Passings for January 19


  • 639 Dagobert I, king of Austrasia/Soissons/Burgundy/Neustri‰, dies
  • 1629 Abbas I, Shah of Persia (1588-1629), dies at 57
  • 1729 William Congreve, English dramatist, dies
  • 1747 Johann Bode, "discoverer" of Bode's Law, dies
  • 1833 Louis-J-F H‚rold, French opera composer (Pr‚ aux clercs), dies at 41
  • 1878 Henri V Regnault, French physicist/chemist, dies
  • 1894 Fran‡ois Haverschmidt, writer, dies
  • 1927 Charlotte MAAVCL, princess of Belgium/emp of Mexico (1864-67), dies
  • 1954 Sydney Greenstreet, actor (Maltese Falcon), dies at 74
  • 1970 Albert M„hll, German writer, dies at 76
  • 1975 Thomas Heart Benson, US artist, dies at 85
  • 1976 Kevin Coughlin, actor (T R Ryan-Mama), dies at 30
  • 1977 Geraldine Brooks, actress (Faraday & Co, Dumplings), dies at 51
  • 1980 William O Douglas, member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81
  • 1982 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy, dies
  • 1982 Marc Demeyer, Belgian bicyclist (Paris-Roubaix '76), dies
  • 1990 Bhadwan Shree Rajneesh, indian guru, dies at 58
  • 1990 Herbert Wehner, German communist politicial chairman (SPD), dies at 8
  • 1993 Kees Scherer, photographer (World Press Photo), dies


Special events for January 19


  • 973 Pope Benedictus VI elected
  • 1493 France cedes Roussillon & Cerd gne to Spain by treaty of Barcelona
  • 1714 Richard Steele publishes "The Crisis," defending Hanoverian success
  • 1770 Battle of Golden Hill (Lower Manhattan)
  • 1806 Britain occupies the Cape of Good Hope
  • 1808 Louis Napoleon signs 1st Dutch aviation law
  • 1810 Overnight temp drops 50øF (Portsmouth, NH)
  • 1825 Ezra Daggett & nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans
  • 1839 Aden conquered by British East India Company
  • 1840 Antarctica discovered, Charles Wilkes expedition (US claim)
  • 1853 Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premiers, in Rome
  • 1861 Georgia becomes 5th state to secede
  • 1861 MS troops take Ft Massachusetts an Ship Island
  • 1862 Battle of Mill Springs, KY (Fishing Creek, Logan's Crossroads)
  • 1871 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey
  • 1884 The opera "Manon" is produced (Paris)
  • 1886 Aurora Ski Club, 1st in US, founded in Minnesota
  • 1898 Brown defeats Harvard 6-0 in 1st intercollegiate hockey game
  • 1899 Anglo-Egyptian Sudan forms
  • 1903 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England
  • 1903 M Wolf discovers asteroid #502 Sigune
  • 1903 R S Dugan discovers asteroid #503 Evelyn
  • 1910 Germany & Bolivia ends commerce/friendship treaty
  • 1915 1st German zeppelin attack over Great Britain
  • 1915 Electric neon sign patented
  • 1917 Silvertown Essex's ammunition factory explodes; 300 die
  • 1918 Soviets disallows a Constitution Assembly
  • 1919 "Tidal wave" of molasses 15 m high x 25 m wide kills dozens, Boston
  • 1920 US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations
  • 1921 Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador sign Pact of Union
  • 1923 WMC-AM in Memphis TN begins radio transmissions
  • 1925 -48ø F (-44ø C), Van Buren, Maine (state record)
  • 1927 British govt decides to send troops to China
  • 1929 Acadia National Park, Maine established
  • 1932 A Schmitt discovers asteroid #1215 Boyer
  • 1937 Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1937 L Boyer discovers asteroid #1412 Lagrula
  • 1937 Millionaire Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record (7h28m25s)
  • 1939 Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 sec
  • 1942 Japanese forces invade Burma
  • 1942 Titus Brandsma arrested by German occupiers
  • 1949 L Boyer discovers asteroid #1577 Reiss
  • 1950 Maiden flight by Canada's Avro Canada CF-100 military plane
  • 1952 NFL takes control of NY Yanks
  • 1952 PGA approves allowing black participants
  • 1953 Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary
  • 1955 "The Millionaire" TV program premiers on CBS
  • 1955 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower)
  • 1960 Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact
  • 1961 1st episode for "The Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed
  • 1964 KFME TV channel 13 in Fargo, ND (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 Indira Gandhi elected India's 3rd prime minister
  • 1967 Herr Karl Tausch writes shortest will "Vse Zene" (All to wife)
  • 1968 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 Dutch bishops says he is in favor of married priest
  • 1970 Nixon nominates G Harold Carswell to the Supreme Court
  • 1970 UCLA fires Angela Davis for being a communist
  • 1971 Beatles' Helter Skelter is played at the Charles Manson trial
  • 1971 NHL Writers' Assn renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Assn
  • 1972 Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Hall of Fame
  • 1974 Notre Dame beats UCLA, ends NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak
  • 1977 Pres Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose)
  • 1977 World's largest crowd-12.7 million-for Indian religious festival
  • 1978 Judge William H Webster appointed head of FBI
  • 1979 John N Mitchell (former AG) released on parole from federal prison
  • 1981 Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide
  • 1981 US & Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages
  • 1982 Heater explodes at Star Elementary School-Okla, kills 6 kids & teache
  • 1985 4 die in a car & train crash in Buda Ill
  • 1987 Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's 1st Republican governor since 1874
  • 1989 Pres Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon
  • 1991 Eastern Airlines shuts down operation
  • 1991 NHL All Star Game-Campbell conference beats Wales 11-5 in Chicago
  • 1991 Sgt Slaughter defeats Ultimate Warrior for WWF championship belt
  • 1992 IBM announces a nearly $5B loss for 1992
  • 1993 Oakland A's unveil new elephant logo


Songs for date January 19


  • 01/19/51 --- I Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat (Blanc, Mel)
  • 01/19/57 --- Young Love (Hunter, Tab)
  • 01/19/57 --- You Don't Owe Me A Thing (Ray, Johnnie)
  • 01/19/59 --- Peter Gunn (Anthony, Ray)
  • 01/19/80 --- Longer (Fogelberg, Dan)
  • 01/19/85 --- Sugar Walls (Easton, Sheena)
  • 01/19/85 --- Old Man Down The Road, The (Fogerty, John)
  • 01/19/85 --- Heat Is On, The (Frey, Glenn)
  • 01/19/91 --- Someday (Carey, Mariah)
  • 01/19/91 --- Wicked Game (Isaak, Chris)
  • 01/19/91 --- One More Try (Timmy T)
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