On This Day In History, 19 August

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World Events Today

  • Afghanistan, now known as the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, was declared a sovereign and fully independent state today in 1919
  • The Hungerford massacre in England took place today in 1987, Michael Robert Ryan shot 16 people dead before shooting himself, 15 others were also shot but survived
  • Peace Mission, the first ever joint military exercise between China and Russia, started today in 2005, approximately 8,000 Chinese troops and 2,000 Russian troops took part

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first and only cricket event at the Summer Olympic Games started today in 1900, England beat France to take the Gold medal
  • England regained the Ashes, when they beat Australia in the 5th Test at The Oval today in 1953
  • Lady Gaga released her debut album The Fame today in 2008, it included the hit singles Just Dance and Poker Face

Family Events Today

  • Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, better known as the French fashion designer and businesswoman Coco Chanel, was born today in 1883 in Maine-et-Loire
  • William Jefferson Clinton, better known as the American politician Bill Clinton, who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001, was born today in 1946 in Arkansas
  • The American actor Matthew Perry, who gained much fame from his role as Chandler Bing in the NBC sitcom Friends, was born today in 1969

Main Event Today

  • The Dieppe Raid during World War II occurred today in 1942, the Allied assault on the Nazi German-occupied port of Dieppe was mostly regarded as a disaster for the Allies

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Soft Ice Cream Day

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