On this day

Pope Benedict XVI waves from plane in 2008. In 2007 he restored the traditional papal election law in which a successful candidate must win two-thirds of the vote. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 19 April?

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

Pope Benedict XVI waves from plane in 2008. In 2007 he restored the traditional papal election law in which a successful candidate must win two-thirds of the vote. Image: Wikimedia Commons

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

ON THIS DAY: 19 APRIL

2005 | Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected to the papacy and became Pope Benedict XVI.

2000 | Air Philippines Flight 541 crashed in Samal, Davao del Norte, all 131 people were killed on board.

1995 | Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, USA, was bombed, and 168 people including 19 children under the age of six were killed.

1993 | The 51-day FBI siege of the Branch Davidian building in Waco, Texas, USA, ended when a fire broke out. 76 Davidians, including eighteen children under the age of ten, died in the fire.

1989 | A gun turret exploded on the USS Iowa and 47 sailors were killed.

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BIRTHDAYS 

1958 | American singer-songwriter and record producer, Stevie B. 

1988 | Mexican footballer, Enrique Esqueda. 

1977 | Indian long jumper, Anju Bobby George. 

1947 | Baron Stevenson of Balmacara, English civil servant, Wilfrid Stevenson. 

1948 | Canadian radio host and author, Stuart McLean, died in  2017. 

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS 

2005 | Danish bassist and composer, Niels-Henning ÿrsted Pedersen, 59.

2015 | American journalist and author, William Price Fox, 89.

2008 | American baseball player and sportscaster, John Marzano, 45.

1915 | English-Australian politician, 17th Premier of South Australia, Thomas Playford II, 78.

2011 | English actress, Elisabeth Sladen, 65.

SPORTS 

1958 | On this day, Manchester United’s Bobby Charlton made his first England appearance in the 4-0 defeat of Scotland at Hampden Park. 

ENTERTAINMENT

2019 | On this day the initial release of “Someone Great” was on this day only on Netflix. 

AFRICA FACT 

Lake Tanganyika is the deepest lake in Africa. Its average depth is 570 m and the maximum depth is 1 435 m.