July 19 – On This Day In History

19 July

What happened today in history?

  • 64 – The Great Fire of Rome.
  • 1545Mary Rose, the Tudor ship, sinks off the coast of Portsmouth.
  • 1553Lady Jane Grey, after ruling for just 9 days, is replaced as Queen of England by Mary I.
  • 1588 – The Spanish Armada is spotted in the English Channel.
  • 1843Isambard Kingdom Brunel launches his steamship, the SS Great Britain.

 

Who was born today?

  • 1814 – Samuel Colt – American inventor.
  • 1834 – Edgar Degas – French artist.
  • 1947 – Brian May – English musician (member of Queen).
  • 1976 – Benedict Cumberbatch – English actor (Sherlock, The Hobbit).

 

Who died today?

  • 1543 – Mary Boleyn – Sister of Anne Boleyn.
  • 2009 – Frank McCourt – Irish-American writer (Angela’s Ashes).

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