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January 19 Historical Events

The following events took place on January 19. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 57 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 379
    Emperor Gratian elevates Flavius Theodosius at Sirmium to Augustus, and gives him power over all the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire.
  • 639
    Clovis II, king of Neustria and Burgundy, is crowned.
  • 649
    Conquest of Kucha: The forces of Kucha surrender after a forty-day siege led by Tang dynasty general Ashina She'er, establishing Tang control over the northern Tarim Basin in Xinjiang.
  • 1419
    Hundred Years’ War: Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England, completing his reconquest of Normandy.
  • 1511
    Mirandola surrenders to the French.
  • 1520
    Sten Sture the Younger, the Regent of Sweden, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Bogesund.
  • 1607
    San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is the oldest church still standing in the Philippines.
  • 1661
    Thomas Venner is hanged, drawn and quartered in London.
  • 1764
    John Wilkes is expelled from the British House of Commons for seditious libel.
  • 1788
    The second group of ships of the First Fleet arrive at Botany Bay.
  • 1795
    The Batavian Republic is proclaimed in the Netherlands, bringing to an end the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands.
  • 1806
    The United Kingdom occupies the Cape of Good Hope.
  • 1812
    Peninsular War: After a ten-day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo.
  • 1817
    An army of 5,423 soldiers, led by General José de San Martín, crosses the Andes from Argentina to liberate Chile and then Peru.
  • 1829
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy receives its premiere performance.
  • 1839
    The British East India Company captures Aden.
  • 1840
    Captain Charles Wilkes circumnavigates Antarctica, claiming what became known as Wilkes Land for the United States.
  • 1853
    Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Il trovatore receives its premiere performance in Rome.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Georgia joins South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama in seceding from the United States.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Mill Springs – The Confederacy suffers its first significant defeat in the conflict.
  • 1871
    Franco-Prussian War: In the Siege of Paris, Prussia wins the Battle of St. Quentin. Meanwhile, the French attempt to break the siege in the Battle of Buzenval will end unsuccessfully the following day.
  • 1883
    The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
  • 1893
    Henrik Ibsen’s play The Master Builder receives its premiere performance in Berlin.
  • 1899
    Anglo-Egyptian Sudan is formed.
  • 1915
    Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising.
  • 1915
    World War I: German zeppelins bomb the towns of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn in the United Kingdom killing more than 20, in the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target.
  • 1917
    Silvertown explosion: Seventy-three are killed and 400 injured in an explosion in a munitions plant in London.
  • 1920
    The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations.
  • 1935
    Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first briefs.
  • 1937
    Howard Hughes sets a new air record by flying from Los Angeles to New York City in seven hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds.

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