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On this day in history - March 19

What Happened On This Day – March 19

  • 1962 Bob Dylan releases his first album

    Dylan is one of the world's most influential music artists. His songs “Blowin' in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'” became anthems for the anti-war movement.

  • 1954 Willie Mosconi sets the world record for running most consecutive Pool balls without a miss

    Mr. Pocket Billiards, as the hugely successful American sportsman was often called, ran 526 consecutive balls.

  • 1945 Adolf Hitler orders the destruction of all industries in Germany

    The Nero Decree was issued in the light of Germany's imminent defeat in World War II. It was never fully executed.

  • 1911 The first International Women's Day is observed by over 1 million people in several European countries

    German socialists Clara Zetkin and Luise Zietz initiated the observance, which has become an annual global event.

  • 1895 The Lumière brothers record their first footage

    Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon showed workers leaving their factory in Lyon. The film is about 50 seconds long. Auguste and Louis Lumière were the earliest filmmakers in history.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
March 19

  • 1955 Bruce Willis

    German/American actor, singer, producer

  • 1952 Harvey Weinstein

    American film producer, co-founded Miramax Films, The Weinstein Company

  • 1848 Wyatt Earp

    American police officer

  • 1821 Richard Francis Burton

    English soldier, geographer, diplomat

  • 1813 David Livingstone

    Scottish missionary, explorer

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Deaths On This Day,
March 19

  • 2014 Fred Phelps

    American pastor

  • 2008 Arthur C. Clarke

    English author

  • 2005 John DeLorean

    American engineer, businessman, founded the DeLorean Motor Company

  • 1939 Lloyd L. Gaines

    American activist

  • 1406 Ibn Khaldun

    Tunisian historian