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3/19/2023 12:03:00 AM
Today In History - March 19
SS Georgiana Artifacts
SS Georgiana Artifacts

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Today in History in 1863 the SS Georgiana, the most powerful Confederate cruiser, was destroyed on her maiden voyage with a cargo valued at $1,000,000; and in 1965 on March 19 teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence discovered the wreck of the SS Georgiana.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1279 - A Mongolian victory at the naval Battle of Yamen ends the Song Dynasty in China.
  • 1644 - 200 members of Peking imperial family/court commit suicide in loyalty to the Emperor
  • 1822 - Boston, Mass., incorporated as a city
  • 1831 - 1st US bank robbery (City Bank, NY/$245,000)
  • 1863 - The SS Georgiana, said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, is destroyed on her maiden voyage with a cargo of munitions, medicines and merchandise then valued at over $1,000,000. The wreck was discovered on the same day and month, exactly 102 years later by then teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence.
  • 1920 - US Senate rejects Treaty of Versailles for 2nd time refusing to ratify League of Nations' covenant (maintaining isolation policy)
  • 1925 - Angelo G Roncalli (later Pope John XXIII) becomes a bishop
  • 1932 - The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened.
  • 1942 - FDR orders men between 45 & 64 to register for non-military duty
  • 1953 - 25th Academy Awards - "Greatest Show on Earth", Gary Cooper & Shirley Booth win (1st time televised)
  • 2003 - Invasion of Iraq by American and British led coalition begins without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion

1 - Erie Insurance 300

Famous Birthdays

  • 1813 - David Livingstone, Scotland, explorer (found by Stanley in Africa)
  • 1848 - Wyatt Earp, Monmouth Ill, sheriff (OK Corral)
  • 1860 - William Jennings Bryan, Salem Illinois, "The Great Commoner" orator/statesman
  • 1891 - Earl Warren, Governor of California/14th supreme court chief justice (1953-69), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1894 - Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Brevard SC, comedienne (Merv Griffin Show)
  • 1900 - Roy Roberts, actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1947 - Glenn Close, Greenwich Ct, actress (The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction)
  • 1955 - Bruce Willis, Penna Grove NJ, actor (Moonlighting, Die Hard)

Famous Weddings

  • 1918 - Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (17) weds Daisy Parker (21)
  • 1924 - American poet e.e. (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries first wife Elaine Orr. The marriage lasts less than 9 months.
  • 1956 - Author Aldous Huxley (62) weds musician and author Laura Archera (45)
  • 1982 - Race car driver Al Unser Jr (19) weds Shelley Unser
  • 2009 - Talk show host David Letterman (61) weds longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko (48) at a civil ceremony in Choteau, Montana

Famous Divorces

  • 1976 - Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years
  • 1996 - Winnie Mandela divorces Nelson Mandela after 38 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1644 - Chongzhen, last Ming Emperor of China, commits suicide
  • 1992 - Cesare Danova, actor (Tentacles, Viva Las Vegas), dies at 66
  • 2008 - Sir Arthur C. Clarke, English science fiction author and inventor (b. 1917)
  • 2013 - Harry Reems, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 65

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