#TodayInHistory – September 19
September 19 – Some important events on this day.
1356 👉🏼 English forces under Edward the Black Prince defeat French at Battle of Poitiers and capture the French King during the Hundred Years’ War
1848 👉🏼 Hyperion, moon of Saturn, discovered by Bond (US) & Lassell (England)
1849 1st commercial laundry established, in Oakland, California
1870 👉🏼 Siege of Paris by Prussian Forces begins (lasts until January 28 1871)
1888 👉🏼 One of first known modern beauty contests held in Spa, Belgium
1893 👉🏼 New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all women the right to vote. ✔️READ THE ARTICLE!
1926 👉🏼 The San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, is inaugurated with a match between AC Milan and Inter.
1940 👉🏼 Polish resistance fighter Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz in order to smuggle out information and start a resistance
1944 👉🏼 Luftwaffe bombs Eindhoven: 200 killed
1957 👉🏼 Nevada is site of first-ever underground nuclear explosion
1960 👉🏼 Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
When American rock artist Chubby Checker released his catchy pop song The Twist in 1960, few could have imagined that it would be responsible for a dance craze that would sweep the Western world in the early 1960s.
The dance itself had existed in its modern form since at least the late 1950s. Checker released his single in 1960 and it eventually claimed the top spot on September 19, 1960. Over the next two years, the craze took hold, and the song emerged as a number #1 again on January 13, 1962.
The Twist was a watershed moment for rock’n’roll as the sight of celebrities doing the dance helped popularize it with adults, making them more accepting of the genre that their kids were going crazy for.
1985 👉🏼 8.1 earthquake in Mexico City kills an estimated 10,000 and leaves 250,000 homeless
1986 👉🏼 US Federal health officials announce AZT will be available to AIDS patients
1991 👉🏼 Ötzi the Iceman, 3,300 BCE old mummy discovered by German tourists in Italian alps
2017 👉🏼 US President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations vowing to “totally destroy North Korea” if threatens the US