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Today’s GK Facts in the History : August 19

Today’s GK Facts in the History

Today’s GK Facts in History for UPSC/IAS Exams

The GK Facts section of Miliposts aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day comfortably.

2010

Operation Iraqi Freedom ends; The last American combat brigade, the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, leaves the country. Six brigades remain to train Iraqi troops.

2005

Toronto Supercell: A series of thunderstorms produced several tornadoes and caused flash flooding in southern Ontario. The deficit exceeds 500 million Canadian dollars, the highest in the province’s history.

2004

Google Corporation. The stock began trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, starting at $85; The stock ended the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded.

2003

Samuel Hanavi Bus Bombing: A suicide attack on a bus in Jerusalem kills 23 Israelis, some children and wounds 130. The Islamic terror group Hamas has claimed responsibility for the attack.

2002

A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops collided with a Chechen missile outside Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.

1991

Communist fundamentalists put President Mikhail Gorbachev under house arrest in a failed coup attempt two days later.

1988

A ceasefire has begun in the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq.

1987

Hungerford massacre in Great Britain; Armed with semi-automatic rifles and a pistol, Michael Ryan killed 16 people before committing suicide. In response, Parliament passed the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988, which prohibits the possession of certain classes of firearms.

1976

Gerald R. Ford, who became President of the United States after Richard Nixon resigned, won the Republican presidential nomination at the Kansas City convention.

1974

A sniper killed US Ambassador to Cyrus Rodger P. Davis from the Greek Cypriot paramilitary group EOKA-B during a demonstration outside the embassy in Nicosia.

1966

Lee Ann Womack, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter (“I Hope You Dance”).

1965

US forces destroy a Vietnamese stronghold near Van Tuong in South Vietnam.

1957

The first balloon flight over 100,000 feet takes off from Crosby, Minnesota.

1952

Jonathan Frakes, actor (Commander William T. Riker, Star Trek: The Next Generation); The character was given the exact date of birth but in 2335.

1950

Edith Sampson became the first African-American representative of the United Nations.

1948

Tipper Gore, wife of US Vice President Al Gore (1993–2001); Co-founder of Parents Music Resource Center, pushed for parenting advisory labels on the packaging of music containing violent, sexual, or drug use lyrics.

 1945

William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, 42nd President of the United States (1993–2001), was The first president of the Baby Boomer generation.

 1944

To stop a communist uprising in Paris, Charles de Guel began attacking German forces throughout the city.

 1942

Fred Thompson, United States Senator (R-Ten); Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel, lobbyist; Actor (Law & Order)).

 German forces repulsed a raid on Dieppe, France, by British and Canadian commandos.

 1940

Jill St. John, (Jill Arlin Oppenheim), Los Angeles, California, actress (Diamonds Are Forever).

 1936

Franco’s soldiers shoot Spanish poet Federico García Lorca after being forced to dig his own grave.

 1934

Thirty-eight million Germans voted to make Adolf Hitler the official successor to President von Hindenburg.

 1931

Willie Shoemaker, record-setting jockey (won 8,833 out of 40,350); Received the Mike Venezia Memorial Award in 1990 for “extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship.”

1921

Gene Roddenberry, the television writer, and producer, is best known for the Star Trek series.

 1919

Malcolm Forbes, editor of Forbes magazine.

 1914

The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) landed in France.

 1902

Ogden Nash, humor.

 1883

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, fashion designer.

 1871

Orville Wright, aviation pioneer.

 1870

Bernard Baruch, US representative to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission.

 1812

USS Constitution earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” during the Battle of Nova Scotia, in which it defeated HMS Guerrere.

 1779

Americans under Major Henry Lee take the British garrison at Paulus Hook, New Jersey.

 1772

Gustav III of Sweden abolished the party government and established an absolute monarchy.

 1692

Five women were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, after being convicted of witchcraft. Fourteen more people were hanged that year, and another 150 were imprisoned.

 1587

Sigismund III is elected King of Poland.

 1493

Maximilian succeeds his father, Frederick III, as Holy Roman Emperor.

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