August 19: Day of the Week
August 19, 2020 is the 232nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 134 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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August 19 Historical Event(s)
- 1504In Ireland, the Hiberno-Norman de Burghs (Burkes) and Anglo-Norman Fitzgeralds fight in the Battle of Knockdoe.
- 1782American Revolutionary War: Battle of Blue Licks – the last major engagement of the war, almost ten months after the surrender of the British commander Lord Cornwallis following the Siege of Yorktown.
- 1812War of 1812: American frigate USS Constitution defeats the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada earning her nickname “Old Ironsides”.
- 1919Afghanistan gains full independence from the United Kingdom.
- 1927Metropolitan Sergius proclaims the declaration of loyalty of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Soviet Union.
- 1934The creation of the position Führer is approved by the German electorate with 89.9% of the popular vote.
- 1955In the Northeast United States, severe flooding caused by Hurricane Diane, claims 200 lives.
- 1989Polish president Wojciech Jaruzelski nominates Solidarity activist Tadeusz Mazowiecki to be the first non-communist Prime Minister in 42 years.
- 1989Several hundred East Germans cross the frontier between Hungary and Austria during the Pan-European Picnic, part of the events which began the process of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
- 2003A car-bomb attack on United Nations headquarters in Iraq kills the agency’s top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 other employees.
Who were born on August 19?
- 1871Orville Wright, American aviation pioneer (d. 1948)
- 1915Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman and administrator (Desjardins Group) (d. 1985)
- 1930Frank McCourt, Irish-American author (d. 2009)
- 1931Willie Shoemaker, American jockey (d. 2003)
- 1953Nanni Moretti, Italian film actor, director and producer
- 1959Ricky Pierce, American basketball player
- 1960Ron Darling, American baseball player and announcer
- 1969Patrick Van Horn, American actor
- 1982Willy Denzey, French singer
- 1984Ryan Taylor, English footballer
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