19 September

1881 : President Garfield succumbs to his injuries


On September 19, 1881, U.S. President James A. Garfield died of his injuries. He had been shot in the back and in the arm while he was in a railroad waiting room in Washington. The gunman surrendered immediately. Despite the care which had been provided for 2 and a half months, the president died of blood poisoning. He had stayed only a few months in office.

1893 : Women get the right to vote in New Zealand


On September 19, 1893, New Zealand became the first country to grant voting rights to women. This decision was the result of a long action by feminists. The first elections in which women participated was national elections of November 1893.

1985 : Earthquake in Mexico city


On September 19, 1985, an earthquake of magnitude 1.8 hit the capital of Mexico. It lasted about 3 minutes. 3000 buildings were destroyed and over 100,000 severely damaged. 10,000 people were killed and 30,000 more were injured.

1989 : UTA Flight 772 bombed


On September 19, 1989, French UTA Flight 772, making the connection between Brazzaville in Congo and Paris via Ndjamena in Chad, crashed in Niger in the Sahara Desert, following an explosion on board the aircraft. Libya was convicted of the attack. The reason given was the French support to the Chadian government during the conflict between Chad and Libya between 1978 and 1987.

2006 : Coup in Thailand


On September 19, 2006, the Thai army perpetrated a coup against the elected government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The army declared martial law, abrogated the constitution, banned demonstrations and censored the media. Martial law was repealed in stages during 2007 and general elections were held in December 2007. Nevertheless, the political crisis was not resolved.

: 19 September

Independance Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis
September 19 is Independence Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis, which commemorates its independence gained against the United Kingdom in 1983.

: 19 September

David McCallum
I feel it's a person's duty to participate in the governing of the country in which he lives.

: 19 September

Henri III, King of France (1551)
Joe Pasternak, American producer (1901)
William Golding, English poet, Nobel Prize in Literature (1911)
Emil Ztopek, Czech athlete (1922)
Masatoshi Koshiba, Japanese physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics (1926)
Rosemary Harris, English actress (1927)
Muhal Richard Abrams, American musician (1930)
David McCallum, Scotish actor (1933)
Paul Williams, American musician (1940)
Jeremy Irons, English actor (1948)
Sally Potter, English director (1949)
Twiggy, English model (1949)
Marie-Anne Chazel, French actress (1951)
Michael Wolff, American jazz pianist (1952)
Alexandra Vandernoot, Belgian actress (1965)
Sabine Paturel, French singer (1965)
Victoria Silvstedt, Swedish model and TV presenter (1974)
Michelle Alves, Brazilian model (1978)
Damiano Cunego, Italian cyclist (1981)
Eduardo Carvalho, Portuguese footballer (1982)
Kevin Zegers, Canadian actor (1984)
Danielle Panabaker, American actress (1987)
Faye Reagan, American pornographic actress (1988)
Alex Etel, English actor (1994)
Taylor Geare, American actress (2001)

Ils nous ont quitt un 19 September

Go-Daigo, Emperor of Japan (1339)
James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States (1881)
Lionel Terray, French mountaineer (1965)
Chester Carlson, American physicist and inventor (1968)
Einar Gerhardsen, Norwegian Prime Minister (1987)
Elizabeth Allen, American actress (2006)
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