September 19, 2023 at 8:53 a.m.
Today In History
Today In History – September 19
September 19 is the 262nd day of the year
James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881) was the 20th president of the United States, serving from March 1881 until his assassination in September 1881.
September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 103 days remain until the end of the year.
1676 – Jamestown is burned to the ground by the forces of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon's Rebellion.
1777 – American Revolutionary War: British forces win a tactically expensive victory over the Continental Army in the First Battle of Saratoga.
1778 – The Continental Congress passes the first United States federal budget.
1796 – George Washington's Farewell Address is printed across America as an open letter to the public.
1863 – American Civil War: The first day of the Battle of Chickamauga, in northwestern Georgia, the bloodiest two-day battle of the conflict, and the only significant Confederate victory in the war's Western Theater.
1864 – American Civil War: Union troops under Philip Sheridan defeat a Confederate force commanded by Jubal Early. With over 50,000 troops engaged, it was the largest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley.
1940 – World War II: Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp to gather and smuggle out information for the resistance movement.
1946 – The Council of Europe is founded following a speech by Winston Churchill at the University of Zurich.
1985 – A strong earthquake kills thousands and destroys about 400 buildings in Mexico City.
1985 – Tipper Gore and other political wives form the Parents Music Resource Center as Frank Zappa, John Denver, and other musicians testify at U.S. Congressional hearings on obscenity in rock music.
2022 – The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is held at Westminster Abbey, London.
1551 – Henry III of France (d. 1589)
1560 – Thomas Cavendish, English naval explorer, led the third expedition to circumnavigate the globe (d. 1592)
1811 – Orson Pratt, American mathematician and religious leader (d. 1881)
1824 – William Sellers, American engineer, inventor, and businessperson (d. 1905)
1911 – William Golding, British novelist, playwright, and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1993)
1913 – Frances Farmer, American actress (d. 1970)
1913 – Helen Ward, American singer (d. 1998)
1926 – James Lipton, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2020)
1927 – Helen Carter, American singer (d. 1998)
1927 – Rosemary Harris, English actress
1927 – William Hickey, American actor (d. 1997)
1927 – Nick Massi, American singer and bass player (d. 2000)
1928 – Adam West, American actor and businessman (d. 2017)
1931 – Brook Benton, American pop/R&B/rock & roll singer-songwriter (d. 1988)
1933 – David McCallum, Scottish actor
1934 – Brian Epstein, English businessman, The Beatles manager (d. 1967)
1940 – Bill Medley, American singer-songwriter
1940 – Zandra Rhodes, English fashion designer, founded the Fashion and Textile Museum
1940 – Paul Williams, American singer-songwriter and actor
1941 – Cass Elliot, American singer (d. 1974)
1942 – Freda Payne, American singer and actress
1945 – David Bromberg, American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter
1945 – Randolph Mantooth, American actor
1948 – Jeremy Irons, English actor
1949 – Twiggy, English model, actress, and singer
1950 – Joan Lunden, American television journalist, anchor, and author
1962 – Cheri Oteri, American actress, comedian, and screenwriter
1964 – Trisha Yearwood, American singer-songwriter and actress
1974 – Jimmy Fallon, American comedian and talk show host
1976 – Alison Sweeney, American actress and television host
690 – Theodore of Tarsus, English archbishop and saint (b. 602)
1580 – Catherine Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk, English noblewoman (b. 1519)
1692 – Giles Corey, American farmer and accused wizard (b. c. 1612)
1710 – Ole Rømer, Danish astronomer and instrument maker (b. 1644)
1881 – James A. Garfield, American general, lawyer, and politician, and the 20th President of the United States (b. 1831)
1968 – Red Foley, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1910)
1995 – Orville Redenbacher, American businessman, founded his own eponymous brand (b. 1907)
2004 – Skeeter Davis, American singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
2011 – Dolores Hope, American singer (b. 1909)
2013 – John D. Vanderhoof, American banker and politician, 37th Governor of Colorado (b. 1922)
2018 – Arthur Mitchell, American ballet dancer & choreographer (b. 1934)
2020 – John Turner, Canadian politician, 17th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1929)
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