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On The Way To Today... August 19th 1477 - Maximilian I, son of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III, married Mary of Burgundy and acquired the Burgundian possessions in the Netherlands and France.
1561 - Mary Queen of Scots arrived in Scotland to assume the throne after spending 13 years in France.
1587 - Sigismund III, son of John of Sweden, was elected King of Poland. He sought a union of Poland with Sweden but instead created hostility and war between the two.
1601 - Michael the Brave, Romanian national hero, was assassinated.
1772 - Gustav III seized effective control of the Swedish government and restored the full power of the monarchy which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720.
1812 - In the Anglo-American war of 1812, the U.S. warship Constitution defeated the British frigate Guerriere.
1839 - Details of Louis Daguerre's first practical photographic process were released in Paris.
1848 - The "New York Herald" newspaper published the first report of the California gold strike.
1856 - In Brooklyn, New York, Gail Borden patented his process for condensed milk. Bordenís is still in business and is one of the largest dairy product concerns in the world.
1909 - In Indiana, the first race was run on the brick track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1918 - At the Century Theatre in New York City, Sergeant Irving Berlinís musical about army life in World War I opened. "Yip Yip Yaphank" included the songs "Mandy" and "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning".
1919 - Afghanistan declared independence from the United Kingdom. In the following decade, Afghan ruler Amanollah introduced several social reforms, including the removal of the veil from women and the establishment of coeducational schools. Some of these reforms offended conservative religious and tribal leaders.
1934 - Germans voted to give Adolf Hitler the presidency in addition to being Chancellor.
1936 - Spanish poet and playwright Frederico Garcia Lorca was assassinated in Granada, Spain, by Franco's troops during the Spanish Civil War.
1939 - On Okeh Records, the Dick Jurgens Orchestra recorded, "Day Dreams Come True at Night". Vocals for the song were provided by Eddy Howard. It would become Jurgensí theme song.
1940 - The new Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded Orville Wright honorary license #1.
1940 - Italian troops forced the British to withdraw from Somaliland.
1942 - British and Canadian troops launched a disastrous attack on German-held Dieppe. Of the 6,000 troops involved, only about 2,500 returned. The rest were killed or captured.
1950 - Saturday morning saw its first children's television shows when the American Broadcasting Company began airing Animal Clinic, featuring live animals, and Acrobat Ranch, a circus-themed variety show.
1952 - The Dionne quintuplets, now 19 years old, announced that they were separating to lead individual lives in Quebec.
1953 - Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq was overthrown in a coup in Iran. General Zahedi took over and the shah returned from exile in Italy.
1960 - The Soviet Union launched its Sputnik 5 satellite into Earth orbit carrying two dogs, Belka and Strelka.
1960 - Gary Powers, the U.S. spy plane pilot shot down by the Russians over Soviet territory, was sentenced to 10 years detention.
1962 - At the Premier Invitational Golf Tournament, at Longview, Texas, Homero Blancas shot a 55, the lowest score in United States competitive golf history.
1964 - The Beatles started their first concert tour of North American. They would paly in 26 cities.
1966 - A severe earthquake in Turkey killed over 2,000.
1972 - "The Midnight Special" was shown for the first time. The host for the first show was John Denver. The announcer was Wolfman Jack. "The Midnight Special" was a success in the ratings.
1973 - In Los Angeles, California, Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge were married.
1973 - George Papadopoulos was sworn in as president of Greece as the monarchy came to an end. He lifted martial law, in effect since 1967, but was overthrown in a coup in November.
1974 - Roger Davis, United States ambassador to Cyprus, was shot dead during anti-American demonstrations in Nicosia.
1977 - Legendary vaudeville, film, radio, and television comedian Groucho Marx died in Los Angeles at the age of 86. Head of the famous brother comedy team, the Marx Brothers, Groucho was a popular figure, with his quick wit and distinctive mustache.
1978 - A fire in a theater set by Muslims extremists in Abadan, Iran, killed over 400 people.
1979 - Soviet Cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakov and Valery Ryumin returned to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 after a record 175 days in space.
1980 - 301 people died when fire swept through a Saudi Arabian airliner as it made an emergency landing at Riyadh airport.
1981 - For the final time "Charlieís Angels", starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and the voice of John Forsythe as Charlie, aired on ABC-TV. The show went into syndication and can still be seen on cable television reruns.
1984 - By four strokes, Lee Trevino won the 66th PGA Championship. Trevino earned $125,000 for what was his first victory in three years.
1987 - While on camera, consumer reporter David Horowitz was held at gunpoint. In Burbank, California, during a KNBC-TV newscast, Horowitz was forced to read the assailantís rambling note. Until police could get the gunman oof the set, the news director took the program off the air. Horowitz was fine.
1987 - In Britain's worst mass killing, gunman Michael Ryan shot dead 16 people during a rampage through Hungerford.
1991 - In a military coup that shook the world, a coalition of hard-line communists removed Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The coup came partly as a result of Gorbachev's willingness to sign a treaty that would give substantial autonomy to different Soviet Republics. Due to massive public resistance, the conspirators gave up a few days after the coup had started. Boris Yeltsin, at the time Russian president, vehemently opposed the coup.
1995 - United States envoy Robert Frasure and three others were killed when their vehicle plunged off a road near Sarajevo.
1998 - Priscilla Presley won $75,000 in a defamation lawsuit against a man who claimed they had an affair before she married Elvis Presley. Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Curry ruled that Lavern Currie Grant, a former Army buddy of Presley's, made false statements that were repeated and used as the source for the book "Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley" by Suzanne Finstad. Ms. Presley had long assured the world she was a virgin when she married The King. Grant was ordered to pay $75,000. Ms. Presley had sued for at least $10 million. Ms. Finstad wasn't sued. "I am very pleased that I have been vindicated by this judgment," Ms. Presley said in a statement.
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