An infamous day in history actually. April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). There are 256 days remaining.

  1. 1775 - American Revolutionary War begins with the "shot heard round the world."
  2. 1692 - Bridget Bishop goes on trial in Salem, Massachusetts for witchcraft.
  3. 1892 - Charles Duryea claims to have driven the first automobile in the United States, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
  4. 1904 - Much of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is destroyed by fire.
  5. 1909 - Joan of Arc receives beatification.
  6. 1919 - Leslie Irvin of the United States makes the first successful parachute jump and free-fall.
  7. 1927 - Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.
  8. 1928 - The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
  9. 1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces that the United States will be abandoning the gold standard.
  10. 1934 - Shirley Temple debuts in Stand Up and Cheer.
  11. 1938 - RCA–NBC begins regular television broadcasts.
  12. 1943 - Bicycle Day – Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann deliberately takes LSD for the first time.
  13. 1951 - General Douglas MacArthur retires from the military.
  14. 1961 - The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in failure.
  15. 1971 - Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in Washington, DC.
  16. 1971 - Launch of Salyut 1, first human-made space station.
  17. 1985 - U.S.S.R performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalatinsk U.S.S.R.
  18. 1987 - The Simpsons make their debut in the short Good Night a segment for The Tracey Ullman Show.
  19. 1989 - A gun turret explodes on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.
  20. 1995 - Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168.
  21. 2000 - An Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 crashes near Davao International Airport, killing 131.
  22. 2005 - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.