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On this day in history - January 19

What Happened On This Day – January 19

  • 2007 Turkish journalist Hrant Dink is assassinated

    The murderer was a 17-year old Turkish nationalist who disagreed with Dink's view on the Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

  • 1983 Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie is arrested in Bolivia

    Barbie was known as the “Butcher of Lyon”.

  • 1966 Indira Gandhi becomes India's first female prime minister

    She was assassinated on October 31, 1984.

  • 1915 Georges Claude patents his neon discharge tube

    Neon lighting soon became popular for outdoor advertising.

  • 1829 Goethe's “Faust” (Part 1) is premiered

    The work is considered one of the greatest works of German literature.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
January 19

  • 1946 Dolly Parton

    American singer-songwriter, actress

  • 1943 Janis Joplin

    American singer-songwriter

  • 1839 Paul Cézanne

    French painter

  • 1809 Edgar Allan Poe

    American author, poet

  • 1807 Robert E. Lee

    American general

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
January 19

  • 2015 Adam Yahiye Gadahn

    American terrorist

  • 2007 Hrant Dink

    Turkish/Armenian journalist

  • 1990 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

    Indian mystic, guru, educator

  • 1874 August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben

    German poet

  • 1865 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

    French politician, philosopher, economist