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On This Day In History for August 19, 2020
This is the 232nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 134 days remaining in 2020.
- It was on this date in 1839, that The French government announced that Louis Daguerre’s photographic process is a gift “free to the world”.
- Also today in 1848, The New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States of the gold rush in California (although the rush started in January).
- Also on August 19, 1909, The first automobile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
- On August 19, 1934, The first All-American Soap Box Derby was held in Dayton, Ohio.
- Also on August 19, 1940, First flight of the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber.
- It was also this date in 1960 in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union, downed American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Soviet Union for espionage.
- It was on this date in 1960, that the Soviet Union launched the satellite Sputnik-2 with the dogs Belka and Strelka, 40 mice, two rats and a variety of plants.
- It was 56 years ago today, that Syncom 3, the first geostationary communication satellite, was launched.
Happy birthday goes out on this date to:
- English astronomer and academic, John Flamsteed, born on this date in 1646.
- German chemist, Julius Lothar Meyer was born 190 years ago today.
- Orville Wright, American engineer and pilot, co-founded the Wright Company was born on that same date in 1871.
- Coco Chanel, the French fashion designer, founded the Chanel Company was born 137 years ago today.
- Born August 19, 1906, American inventor, invented the Fusor Philo Farnsworth.
- Gene Roddenberry, the American screenwriter and producer was born 99 years ago today.
- Born August 19, 1924, Canadian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate Willard Boyle.
- English microbiologist and geneticist, David Hopwood is 87 today.
- Also born on that same date in 1938, American actress, Diana Muldaur.
- Chinese-American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Computer Associates International, Charles Wang was born 76 years ago today.
- American lawyer and politician, 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, born on this date in 1946.
- Also turning 74 today is American general and astronaut Charles Bolden.
- American actor and director, Jonathan Frakes, born on this date in 1952.
- Also turning 51 today is American actor, producer, and screenwriter Matthew Perry.
Listener birthdays for August 19-25:
- 19 – Matt Rider (The Eagle Scout Geek )
- 20 – Jedi_Kez (aka Brian From Winnipeg)
- 22 – Zoidberg 
- 22 – Kyle Slingo
- 22 – AlchemyDragon
- 24 – Kira Fiore (Krazy Joe & Christine’s daughter)
- 25 – David “Grizzly” Smith from Grizzly’s Growls podcasts
And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 19, 2020
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