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1668King Louis XIV & Emperor Leopold I sign treaty dividing Spain

1812Peninsular War: After a ten day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo.

1833Charles Darwin reaches Straits Ponsonby, Fireland

1883The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.

1906Gerhart Hauptmann's "Und Pippa Tanzt!," premieres in Berlin

1971Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played at Charles Manson trial

1972Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Hall of Fame

1975Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Colgate Golf Triple Crown

1977Ernie Banks elected to Hall of Fame

1981Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide

1989President Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon

1997Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.

On This Day In History
Date Event
Jan 19, 379
Theodosius installed as co-emperor of East Roman Empire 
Jan 19, 973
Pope Benedictus VI elected 
Jan 19, 1419
French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years War 
Jan 19, 1493
France cedes Roussillon & Cerdagne to Spain by treaty of Barcelona 
Jan 19, 1511
Mirandola surrenders to the French. 
Jan 19, 1520
Sten Sture the Younger, the Regent of Sweden, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Bogesund. 
Jan 19, 1547
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, executed in the Tower of London for treason 
Jan 19, 1607
San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is currently the oldest church in the Philippines 
Jan 19, 1668
King Louis XIV & Emperor Leopold I sign treaty dividing Spain 
Jan 19, 1714
Richard Steele publishes "Crisis," defending Hanoverian success 
Jan 19, 1746
Bonnie Prince Charlies troops occupy Stirling [OS= Jan 8] 
Jan 19, 1770
Battle of Golden Hill (Lower Manhattan) 
Jan 19, 1785
First manned balloon flight in Ireland 
Jan 19, 1795
Democratic revolution in Amsterdam ends oligarchy 
Jan 19, 1806
Britain occupies Cape of Good Hope 
Jan 19, 1808
Louis Napoleon signs 1st Dutch aviation law 
Jan 19, 1810
Overnight temp at Portsmouth NH drops 50°F (10°C) 
Jan 19, 1812
Peninsular War: After a ten day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo. 
Jan 19, 1825
Ezra Daggett & nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans 
Jan 19, 1829
Johann von Goethe's "Faust, Part 1," premieres 
Jan 19, 1833
Charles Darwin reaches Straits Ponsonby, Fireland 
Jan 19, 1839
Aden conquered by British East India Company 
Jan 19, 1853
Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore," premieres in Rome 
Jan 19, 1861
Misssissippi troops take Fort Massachusetts and Ship Island (US Civil War) 
Jan 19, 1861
Georgia secedes from the Union (US Civil War) 
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