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1545King Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose sinks at Portsmouth; 73 die

1595Astronomer Johannes Kepler has an epiphany and develops his theory of the geometrical basis of the universe

1674Court of Holland bans books of Hobbes/Spinoza/Meyer

1836HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Ascension

18481st US women's rights convention held in Seneca Falls NY, organised by Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Lucretia Mott

1867US Congress passed 3rd Reconstruction Act over President Andrew Johnson's veto

1869Louis Riel speaks at a meeting of Metis residents about rights, setting in motion the events now referred to as the Red River Rebellion

1879Doc Holliday kills for the first time after a man shoots up his New Mexico saloon.

1927Ty Cobb gets his 4,000th hit

1940Hitler orders Great Britain to surrender

1941British PM Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign

1959Mickey Wright wins LPGA Machine International Golf Open Alliance

1973Willie Mays named to NL all star team for 24th time (ties Musial)

1981Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic

1986Tim Witherspoon KOs Frank Bruno in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1987116th British Golf Open: Nick Faldo shoots a 279 at Muirfield Gullane

1987Jane Geddes wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic

1989Cleveland Indians Joe Carter has his 4th 3 HR game

1990Cincinnati Red Pete Rose is sentence to 5 months for tax evasion

1990Dave Raghetti pitches in his 499th game as a NY Yankee, passing Whitey Ford in most appearances as a NY Yankee

1991Cal Ripken plays in his 1,500th consecutive game

1991Mike Tyson rapes a Miss Black America contestant (Desiree Washington)

1993Last day of 1st-class cricket for Ian Botham

1993President Clinton fires FBI director William Sessions

2007The first episode of "Mad Men" debuts. Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper

200917th ESPY Awards: Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin win

On This Day In History
Date Event
Jul 19, 64
Circus Maximus in Rome catches fire 
Jul 19, 532
Start of Dionysian Pascal Cycle 
Jul 19, 711
Muslim forces under Tariq ibn Ziyad defeat the Visigoths led by their king Roderic. 
Jul 19, 1195
Battle at Alarcos: Almohaden beats Alfons VIII of Castilia 
Jul 19, 1380
Thomas of Buckingham's invasion army lands on Calais 
Jul 19, 1425
Duke John VI of Brabant pledges Holland/Zealand to Philip the Good 
Jul 19, 1510
38 Jews are burned at stake in Berlin, Prussia 
Jul 19, 1524
Peasants' War begins in Germany's Black Forest 
Jul 19, 1525
Catholic German monarchy form Union of Dessau 
Jul 19, 1544
Italian War of 1542: The Siege of Boulogne began. 
Jul 19, 1545
King Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose sinks at Portsmouth; 73 die 
Jul 19, 1551
Treaty of Karlsburg: arch duke Ferdinand of Austria recognized as King of Hungary/Transsylvania 
Jul 19, 1553
15-year-old Lady Jane Grey deposed as England's Queen after 9 days 
Jul 19, 1572
Battle at Saint Ghislain: Spanish army beats The Genlis' mercenaries 
Jul 19, 1575
Spanish viceroy Gilles of Hierges attacks Oudewater 
Jul 19, 1590
King Philip Ii's secretary Antonio Perez escapes jail 
Jul 19, 1595
Astronomer Johannes Kepler has an epiphany and develops his theory of the geometrical basis of the universe 
Jul 19, 1599
Jacob van Necks merchant fleet leaves Java 
Jul 19, 1639
French troops occupy Salses, at Perpignan 
Jul 19, 1674
Court of Holland bans books of Hobbes/Spinoza/Meyer 
Jul 19, 1688
Soldiers killed governor of Aerssen in Paramaribo 
Jul 19, 1692
5 more people are hanged for witchcraft (20 in all) in Salem Mass 
Jul 19, 1702
Swedish troops under King Charles XII occupy Krakow 
Jul 19, 1760
The formal request to found the later city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico is filed by its founders. 
Jul 19, 1816
Survivors of French frigate Medusa rescued off Senegal after 17 days 
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