This Day in History – April 19

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April 19

Every day in our lives is so different and full of a bizarre series of events. Did you know that April 19 was the day the first Simpsons Shorts episode came out or the world’s first space station was launched on the same day in 1971 by USSR? Keep on reading to find out what all happened on this day in history – April 19!

What Happened in India on April 19?

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1451: Bahlul Khan Lodi crowned Delhi Sultan 
On April 19, 1451, Bahlul Khan Lodi, the founder of the Lodi Dynasty in India took the Delhi Sultanate throne as Alam Shah, the last King of the Sayyid Dynasty abdicated the throne.

1975: Aryabhata, India’s first satellite launched
On April 19, 1975, Aryabhata, India’s first satellite was launched into the Earth Atmosphere. The satellite was named after the brilliant Indian mathematician and built by ISRO’s India space organisation with the help of the USSR.

1981: Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha founded
The Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha was inaugurated on April 19, 1981, by the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. 

1994: Rajindersing Sparo Passed Away
Rajindersing Sparo, the former Chief Minister of Punjab and the first person to win the prestigious Mahavir Chakra died on this historic day in 1994.

What Happened Around the World on April 19?

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1770: Thomas Cook sighted Australia 
Thomas Cook, the famous British explorer first sighted the mainland of Australia on this day in 1770.

1772: David Ricardo
The brilliant British Economist was born on this glorious day in history in 1772. The economist was responsible for introducing science into the study of economics and value theory into the study. He was also a prominent member of the British and Ireland Parliament.

1775: American Revolutionary War Started
On April 19, 1775, the American Revolution began as the tensions between the American colonies and the British government reached a tipping point. The war ended in 1783 as Americans emerged victoriously and declared their independence from the British Crown.  

Also Read: Important Revolutions in India!

1882: Charles Darwin Died
World-renowned naturalist, biologist and scientist who changed the scientific study of evolution, Charles Darwin died on this historic day in 1882.

1927: Mae West Found Guilty of Obscenity
Mae West, the American actress, was found guilty of obscenity for her play titled Sex and was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine on April 19, 1927.

1932: Herbert Hoover suggested 5 day- working week
American President Herbert suggested a 5-day working week for the American public on April 19, 1932, to reduce the working hours.

1943: Warsaw Ghetto Revolt
The Warsaw Ghetto Revolt reportedly began on April 19, 1943, in the capital city of Nazi-occupied Poland. The imprisoned Jewish people revolted against the deportment of Jewish people to concentration camps. The event inspired similar revolts across East Europe.

1971: Salyut 1- Soviet Space Station Launched
On April 19, 1971, the world’s first Soviet Space Station called Salyut 1 was launched on this day. It was a part of a series of Soviet space stations launched into the low Earth orbit. 

1971: Sierra Leone Became a Republic
The West African country, Sierra Leone, became the Republic of Sierra Leone on April 19, 1971.

1987: First Simpsons Shorts Aired
The first-ever Simpsons Shorts was aired on this day in history- April 19, 1987, on the Tracy Ullman Show. The first Simpson short was titled GoodNight.  

1995: Oklahoma Bombings
US city Oklahoma witnessed a brutal mass murder and truck bomb attack by domestic terrorists on this day in history. The terrorist attack killed over 150 people, injured over a thousand and led to an estimated loss of 600 million dollars.

2018:  Swaziland to eSwatini
King Mswati III on April 19, 2018, officially changed the name of the African country from Swaziland to Kingdon of eSwatini on the fifth anniversary of the country’s independence. 

2021: New Zealand and Australia Open Borders
On April 19, 2021, New Zealand and Australia started a travel bubble to reunite families amidst the deadly pandemic. 

Famous Birthdays

  • Surekha Siri
    The famous Indian actress who has actively worked in Indian theatre and television was born on this day – April 19, 1945. The actress is famous for her iconic roles in movies and shows like Balika Vadhu, Ghost Stories and Badhaai Ho.
  • Mukesh Ambani
    On April 19, 1957, the successful Indian billionaire businessman was born in Aden, Yemen. Mukesh Ambani is the chairman and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Ltd and the founder of Jio
  • Arshad Warsi
    The famous Indian actor, Arshad Warsi, was born on April 16, 1968, in Mumbai, India. Waris is known for his incredible performances in movies like Munna Bhai MBBS, Golmaal and Jolly LLB.
  • James Franco
    James France is an American actor, writer and producer of critically acclaimed films like The Disaster Artist, Eat Pray and Love and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The famous actor was born on this historic day in 1978 in California, US.
  • Maria Sharapova
    The former Russian tennis player and athlete was born on April 19, 1987. She is the winner of five Grand Slams and a major international tennis player.

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