November 19 in history is a day when several pivotal events occurred in the fields of politics, sports, music and cinema. Read on to learn more about the importance of November 19 in history.

On this day – November 19 in history: significant world events in politics, sports and art

November 19 in History: Many significant events in history happened on November 19. From the birth of two of the most influential women in Indian history and the demise of a notorious cult leader to the most devastating floods in Europe, November 19 holds a critical place in history. Read on to learn about the key events that took place on November 19 in history in politics, sports, technology and art.

Historical events

  • In 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Rico on his second voyage.
  • In 1521, the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and King of Spain, Charles V, defeated the French forces to seize Milan.
  • In 1581, Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovitch, son of the Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible, died after being assaulted with a scepter by his father three days earlier.
  • In 1884, a devastating storm caused severe flooding in Saint Petersburg, Russia, claiming the lives of 10,000 people.
  • In 1850, the famous poet Alfred Tennyson succeeded William Wordsworth as Britain’s Poet Laureate.
  • In 1863, US President Abraham Lincoln delivered his iconic “Eighty-seven Years Ago” speech at Gettysburg, four months after the Battle of Gettysburg, the deadliest battle of the American Civil War.
  • In 1895, American inventor Frederick E. Blaisdell patented the pencil.
  • In 1940, the German Nazi Party carried out its first major air raid on Birmingham with 440 bombers, killing 450 residents.
  • In 1962, Cuban revolutionary and President Fidel Castro agreed to the withdrawal of Soviet weapons.
  • In 1977, Egyptian President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Anwar Sadat arrived in Israel. This visit marked the first visit by an Arab leader to Israel.
  • In 1985, at the height of the Cold War, US President Ronald Reagan and his Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time.
  • In 2021, the longest partial lunar eclipse since 1440 occurred, lasting 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds.

Sport events

  • In 2019, LeBron James scored 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the LA Lakers to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107. James became the first player in NBA history to score a triple-double against all 30 franchises.
  • In 1983, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers became the second player in NBA history, after Wilt Chamberlain, to score 30,000 points.
  • In 2006, Roger Federer clinched his 3rd Tennis Masters Cup title after defeating James Blake in the final in Shanghai, China.
  • In 1978 Cale Yarborough won the 28th NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Music and film events

  • In 1916, Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn founded the film company Goldwyn Picture. It then merged with two other companies to create the iconic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio.
  • In 1994, Aishwarya Rai was crowned the 44th Miss World. At just 21, she became the second Indian to win the Miss World pageant.
  • In 1975, one of the greatest movies of all time, “Flight Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, was released. The film was based on the book of the same name by Ken Kesey and starred Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher.
  • In 1998, Vincent van Gogh’s “Portrait of the Artist Without a Beard” sold at auction for a whopping $71.5 million.
  • In 2010, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, the 7th film in the popular Harry Potter film series, was released worldwide.

Notable deaths

Sr No

Year of death




Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich, son of Tsar Ivan the Terrible of Russia



Franz Schubert, Austrian pianist and composer, known for his song “Ave Maria”



Elizabeth Taylor, English novelist and novelist



Alan J. Pakula, American director, writer, and producer best known for directing the films All the President’s Men and Sophie’s Choice



Charles Manson, notorious cult leader who orchestrated the brutal murder of Sharon Tate in 1969

Famous birthdays

Sr No.

year of birth




Charles I, King of England, Scotland and Ireland



Rani Lakshmibai, Indian queen and key figure in the 1857 revolt against the British Raj



Indira Gandhi, Indian politician and India’s first female Prime Minister.



Dara Singh, Indian wrestler, politician and actor best known for playing Lord Hanuman in Ramanand Saga’s Ramayana.



Yuan T. Lee Taiwanese-American chemist who won the Nobel Prize for his contributions to the dynamics of elementary chemical processes



Calvin Klein, fashion designer and founder of the mega clothing brand Calvin Klein Inc.



Charlie Kaufman, innovative American filmmaker known for the films Being John Malkovich and Synecdoche, New York



Sushmita Sen, Indian actress, model, Miss Universe 1994 who starred in Main Hoon Na



Jack Dorsey, American businessman and co-founder of Twitter



Adam Driver, former Marine turned actor, best known for his roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Marriage Story



Tyga, American rapper

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