On this day

In 1985, Following the Rubicon speech four days earlier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu ignored P. W. Botha’s invitation to attend a meeting to discuss the role and actions of the police and security forces in South Africa. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 19 August?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 1985, Following the Rubicon speech four days earlier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu ignored P. W. Botha’s invitation to attend a meeting to discuss the role and actions of the police and security forces in South Africa. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 19 August, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 19 AUGUST

1970 | The Chinese Community in South Africa was granted ‘White’ status on this day.

1985 | Following the Rubicon speech four days earlier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu ignored P. W. Botha’s invitation to attend a meeting to discuss the role and actions of the police and security forces in South Africa.

2017 | Tens of thousands of non-native farmed Atlantic salmon were accidentally released into the wild in Washington waters in the 2017 Cypress Island Atlantic salmon run.

2003 | A car bomb attack at the United Nations headquarters in Iraq killed the head of the organization Sérgio Vieira de Mello and 21 other staff members.

2013 | The Dhamara Ghat train accident killed at least 37 people in the Indian state of Bihar.

2010 | Operation Iraqi Freedom ended, and the last American brigade team crossed the border into Kuwait.

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BIRTHDAYS 

1990 | Scottish footballer, Danny Galbraith.

1950 | English journalist and author, Jennie Bond.

1960 | American baseball player and sportscaster, Ron Darling.

1965 | Australian rower, James Tomkins.

1965 | South African tenor, Johan Botha.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS 

2016 | American actor and voice artist, Jack Riley, 81.

2005 | Former apartheid-era security policeman, Gideon Nieuwoudt, 54.

2014 | Iranian poet and activist, Simin Behbahani, 87.

2003 | Honduran lawyer and politician, President of Hondura, Carlos Roberto Reina, 77.

2000 | Indian poet, author, and educator, Bineshwar Brahma, 52.

SPORTS

2005 | Chelsea confirmed the purchase of Michael Essien from Lyon for around £24.5m on this day.

ENTERTAINMENT

2011 | On this day “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World” was released in the United States for the first time.

AFRICA FACT

Oil is one of the biggest exports in Nigeria with an average of 2.5 million barrels a day.