On This Day In History, 19 July

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World Events Today

  • The Great Fire of Rome started today in AD 64, two thirds of Rome was destroyed
  • The Paris Métro began operation today in 1900
  • The British Prime Minister Winston Churchill started using the V for Victory hand sign, today in 1941

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first Wimbledon Championship, the world’s first official lawn tennis tournament, ended today in 1877, the Englishman Spencer Gore won the only event of the championship, the Gentlemen’s Singles competition
  • The inaugural Tour de France, the annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, ended today in 1903, the winner was the Frenchman Maurice-François Garin
  • The American period drama television series Mad Men, starring Jon Hamm as Don Draper, aired for the first time today in 2007 on the AMC network

Family Events Today

  • The English musician Brian May, the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen, was born today in 1947 in London
  • The American singer and actor Frank Sinatra married the 21-year old American actress Mia Farrow, today in 1966
  • The Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, who starred in many movies, including Blade Runner and The Hitcher, died today in 2019 aged 75

Main Event Today

  • The English Tudor navy warship, the Mary Rose, sank today in 1545, in an expensive and complex operation it was raised in October 1982

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Daiquiri Day

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