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On this day in history - September 19

What Happened On This Day – September 19

  • 2010 Oil rig Deepwater Horizon is declared sealed after a 5-month long spill in the Gulf of Mexico

    Thought to be one of the biggest accidents in the oil and gas industry, the Deepwater Horizon spill or the BP oil spill began on April 20, 2010, when an explosion destroyed the rig and killed 11 people.

  • 2006 A Military coup overthrows the elected government in Thailand

    Forces loyal to General Sonthi Boonyaratglin overthrew the elected government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and dissolved the parliament and the constitution.

  • 1983 Saint Kitts and Nevis gain their Independence from the British Crown

    The first Europeans set foot on the Island country in the West Indies in the late 15th century during an expedition led by Columbus. In 1713, the control over the islands was passed from the French to the British.

  • 1973 Carl XVI Gustaf succeeds his grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf as the King of Sweden

    Sweden is a constitutional monarchy, where the monarch is the ceremonial head of state. In 1980, Swedish law was changed to allow the firstborn of a monarch to become the crown's heir apparent, irrespective of their gender.

  • 1944 The Moscow Armistice ends the Continuation War

    The peace treaty was signed between the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, and Finland. It put an end to the conflict between the USSR and Finland between 1941 and 1944.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
September 19

  • 1972 Ashot Nadanian

    Armenian chess player, coach

  • 1964 Trisha Yearwood

    American singer-songwriter, actress

  • 1934 Brian Epstein

    English talent manager

  • 1911 William Golding

    English author, poet, playwright, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1802 Lajos Kossuth

    Hungarian journalist, lawyer, politician

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
September 19

  • 1995 Orville Redenbacher

    American farmer, businessman

  • 1985 Italo Calvino

    Italian journalist, author

  • 1968 Chester Carlson

    American physicist, invented Xerography

  • 1944 Guy Gibson

    English aviator, Victoria Cross recipient

  • 1881 James A. Garfield

    American politician, 20th President of the United States