Right now is Thursday, Aug. 19, the 231st working day of 2021. There are 134 days remaining in the calendar year.
On August 19, 1934, a plebiscite in Germany accredited the vesting of sole executive ability in Adolf Hitler.
In 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat arrived in Albany, two times soon after leaving New York.
In 1812, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere off Nova Scotia through the War of 1812, earning the nickname “Old Ironsides.”
In 1814, all through the War of 1812, British forces landed at Benedict, Maryland, with the aim of capturing Washington D.C.
In 1848, the New York Herald described the discovery of gold in California.
In 1909, the initial car races ended up run at the just-opened Indianapolis Motor Speedway the winner of the very first event was car engineer Louis Schwitzer, who drove a Stoddard-Dayton touring automobile twice all-around the 2.5-mile observe at an typical speed of 57.4 mph.
In 1942, throughout Earth War II, about 6,000 Canadian and British troopers released a disastrous raid towards the Germans at Dieppe, France, suffering far more than 50-p.c casualties.
In 1955, torrential rains triggered by Hurricane Diane resulted in serious flooding in the northeastern U.S., declaring some 200 lives.
In 1960, a tribunal in Moscow convicted American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage. (Despite the fact that sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, Powers was returned to the United States in 1962 as aspect of a prisoner exchange.)
In 1974, U.S. Ambassador Rodger P. Davies was fatally wounded by a bullet that penetrated the American embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, through a protest by Greek Cypriots.
In 1980, 301 people aboard a Saudi Arabian L-1011 died as the jetliner created a fiery unexpected emergency return to the Riyadh airport.
In 1991, rioting erupted in the Brooklyn, New York, Crown Heights neighborhood immediately after a Black 7-yr-old, Gavin Cato, was struck and killed by a Jewish driver from the ultra-Orthodox Lubavitch neighborhood three hours afterwards, a mob of Black youth fatally stabbed Yankel Rosenbaum, a rabbinical pupil.
In 2010, the previous American combat brigade exited Iraq, 7 several years and 5 months right after the U.S.-led invasion began.
Ten decades in the past: 3 adult men — Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley — who’d expended just about two decades in prison for the nightmarish slayings of 3 Cub Scouts in Arkansas, went free following they agreed to a authorized maneuver letting them to preserve their innocence even though acknowledging prosecutors experienced adequate evidence in opposition to them.
5 yrs ago: The Obama administration defended its conclusion to make a $400 million funds shipping and delivery to Iran contingent on the release of American prisoners, saying the payment was not ransom since the Islamic Republic would have quickly recouped the dollars one particular way or one more.
One particular calendar year back: Kamala Harris acknowledged the Democratic nomination for vice president in a speech to the party’s digital convention, cementing her spot in historical past as the initial Black lady on a key party ticket.
Today’s Birthdays: Bluegrass musician Marc Pruett (Balsam Selection) is 70. Actor-director Jonathan Frakes is 69. Political consultant Mary Matalin is 68. Actor Peter Gallagher is 66. Actor Adam Arkin is 65. Singer-songwriter Gary Chapman is 64. Actor Martin Donovan is 64. Pro Football Corridor-of-Famer Anthony Munoz is 63. R&B singer Ivan Neville is 62.