On This Day In History, 19 January

On This Day In History 19 January Image

World Events Today

  • The introduction of the Tour de France bicycle race, was announced today in 1903
  • For the first and only time in recorded history, snow fell in the Bahamas today in 1977
  • After a year-long process, the Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, was finally extradited to the US to face charges today in 2017

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Three Stooges movie You Nazty Spy, was released in the US today in 1940, it is famous for the disclaimer “Any resemblance between the characters in this picture and any persons, living or dead, is a miracle”
  • Scrabble, one of the world’s best-selling board games, went on sale today in 1955 in Australia and the UK
  • The American documentary, news and magazine television show 48 Hours, was broadcast for the first time today in 1988 on the CBS network

Family Events Today

  • The Scottish inventor James Watt, renowned for his contribution to the improvement of the steam engine, was born today in 1736 in Renfrewshire
  • The Commander of the American Confederate States Army during the American Civil War, Robert E Lee, was born today in 1807
  • The American soul and blues singer-songwriter Janis Joplin, was born today in 1943 in Texas

Main Event Today

  • Production of the classic Volkswagen Beetle in Germany ended today in 1978, it was transferred to Brazil and Mexico

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Popcorn Day

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