August 19: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On August 19, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The 231st day of the Gregorian calendar is August 19. On this day, the inaugural All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio, the first geostationary communication satellite is launched, and Operation Iraqi Freedom comes to a close.

The date of August 19 falls under the sign of Leo. Bill Clinton, Coco Chanel, and John Stamons all had famous birthdays. International Homeless Animals Day, National Aviation Day, National Potato Day, and World Humanitarian Day all fall on August 19.


Happy Birthday! (August 19, 1946)
Bill Clinton, American lawyer and politician, 42nd President of the United States. photo source:


(August 19, 1960)
Korabl-Sputnik 2 was the third test mission of the Vostok spacecraft. It was the first mission to send animals into orbit and successfully return them to Earth. Two dogs (Belka and Strelka), forty mice, two rats, and a variety of plants were transported aboard the spaceship, as well as a television camera that captured images of the dogs. photo source:

(August 19, 1994)
Linus Pauling, the only person to have earned two unshared Nobel Prizes (Chemistry, 1954; Peace, 1962), died at the age of 93.

(August 19, 2004)
Google Inc.'s initial public offering raised $1.66 billion; in an unusual move, the shares were offered in a public auction designed to put the common investor on an equal footing with financial sector specialists.

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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