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This Day in History for August 19

1812 – US warship Constitution defeats British warship Guerriere.

1849 – NY Herald reports gold discovery in California.

1911 – NY Giant Christy Mathewson loses after beating Reds 22 straight times.

1914 – In a message to the Senate, US President Woodrow Wilson urges the American people to be ‘neutral in fact as well as name’

1934 – The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio.

1941 – Baseball umpire Jocko Conlan ejects Pirates manager Frankie Frisch for coming out on field holding an umbrella to get a rainout.

1944 – US 15th Army Corps occupies Mantes-Gassicourt at Paris.

1955 – Hurricane Diane kills 200 & 1st billion dollar damage storm (Northeastern US)

1958 – NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters.

1959 – Satellite Discoverer 6 launched into polar orbit.

1960 – Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident)

1960 – The first commercial atomic energy reactor, owned by the Yankee Atomic Electric Company, achieves a self-sustaining nuclear reaction in Rowe, Deerfield River, Massachusetts.

1964 – Communications satellite Syncom 3 launched.

1965 – The Yardbirds launch their first US tour.

1976 – President Gerald Ford wins Republican presidential nomination at KC convention.

1981 – 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22.

1993 – Dow Jones hits record high of 3612.13.

1993 – Mattel & Fisher Price toy companies merge.

2010 – Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last of the United States brigade combat teams crossing the border of Kuwait.

2015 – US Food and Drug Administration approves Female Viagra libido pill Addyi.

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