March 19: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On March 19, learn about the most interesting historical events and facts that occurred throughout history. The 78th day of the Gregorian calendar, March 19th, commemorates the establishment of time zones by the United States Congress, the approval of daylight saving time, and the release of Bob Dylan’s first album.

Pisces is the zodiac sign for March 19. Glenn Close, Bruce Willis, and Andy Reid are all born on March 19th. National Let’s Laugh Day and National Poultry Day are both celebrated on March 19th.


(March 19, 1918)
The Standard Time Act, signed by US President Woodrow Wilson, established Daylight Saving Time in the United States and gave the federal government control over the country's time zones.

Fun facts about Daylight Saving Time


(March 19, 1931)
Nevada legalised gambling, paving the path for casinos to open across the state, including in Las Vegas.

(March 19, 1982)
After a disagreement between Argentine labourers and British scientists on the British-controlled South Georgia island, Argentine forces mobilised, leading to Argentina's invasion of the Falklands two weeks later.

(March 19, 1997)
Willem de Kooning, a renowned proponent of Abstract Expressionism and Action painting, died at the age of 92. His series Woman I–VI caused a sensation with its violent images and impetuous approach.

(March 19, 2003)
On this day in 2003, US President George W. Bush launched air assaults on Baghdad, kicking off the Iraq War to depose tyrant Saddam Hussein, who was falsely accused of developing weapons of mass devastation.


(March 19, 2008)
Arthur C. Clarke, an English writer best known for his visionary science-fiction novels and his work on Stanley Kubrick's massively popular 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, died at the age of 90.

(Died on March 19, 2021)
Glynn Lunney, American engineer (b. 1936).

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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