This Day In History : July 19

1941 United Kingdom

British PM Winston Churchill launches his "V for Victory" campaign

Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II, did indeed launch his "V for Victory" campaign. This campaign aimed to boost morale and rally support for the Allied war effort against Nazi Germany. The campaign included various propaganda efforts, including posters, radio broadcasts, and public speeches, emphasizing the message of solidarity and determination in the face of adversity.

Also on This Day in History July 19

Discover what happened on July 19 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, July 19
  • 1814 Samuel Colt

    American inventor and businessman who founded the Colt's Manufacturing Company (Colt 6 shot revolver)

  • 1865 Charles Horace Mayo

    American surgeon who started the Mayo Clinic

  • 1846 Edward Charles Pickering

    American astronomer and pioneered American spectroscopist

  • 1894 Percy Spencer

    American physicist and inventor of the microwave

  • 1953 Howard Schultz

    American businessman, CEO of Starbucks

Deaths on This Day, July 19
  • 1814 Matthew Flinders (1774-1814)

    English explorer, navigator and cartographer who was 1st to circumnavigate Australia

  • 1999 Ludwig Gross

    Austrian-born American physician who showed that leukemia could be caused by a virus

  • 1895 Henri Ernest Baillon

    French botanist (History of Plants)

  • 1965 Syngman Rhee

    1st President of South Korea (1948-60)

  • 1992 Allen Newell

    American computer scientist (Logic Theory Machine, General Problem Solver, Turing Award)


Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal, India is created

Sagarmatha National Park, located in Nepal, was established on July 19, 1976. It is home to Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, and is renowned for its stunning mountain landscapes, rich biodiversity, and unique cultural heritage.

Brunel's steamship the SS Great Britain is launched as the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull and also becoming the largest vessel afloat in the world.

Brunel's steamship, the SS Great Britain, was indeed launched on July 19, 1843. It was the first ocean-going vessel with an iron hull and was also the largest ship in the world at the time of its launch. 

Astronomer Johannes Kepler has an epiphany and develops his theory of the geometrical basis of the universe while teaching in Graz

Kepler's Epiphany refers to a significant moment in the scientific career of Johannes Kepler, a German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer. On July 19, 1595, while he was teaching in Graz, Austria, Kepler experienced a sudden insight that led him to discover the correct arrangement of the six known planets' orbits around the Sun.

The 1st US women's rights convention is held in Seneca Falls, New York

The first US women's rights convention was indeed held in Seneca Falls, New York. It took place over two days, on July 19-20, 1848. This historic event, known as the Seneca Falls Convention, was organized by women's rights activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, along with several other prominent figures.
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