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Events - August 19
1848 - The first report of the California gold strike was published in the "New York Herald" newspaper.

1856 - Gail Borden of Brooklyn, NY patented his process for condensed milk. Borden’s condensed milk is still available, as are Borden’s ice cream, cheese and other products -- all with the seal of approval by Borden’s famous mascot, Elsie, the cow.

1909 - The first race was run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana. It wasn’t a brick track yet. It started as a crushed stone and tar track.

1918 - Sgt. Irving Berlin’s musical about army life in World War I opened at the Century Theatre in New York City. "Yip Yip Yaphank" included songs, such as "Mandy" and "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning".

1939 - The Dick Jurgens Orchestra recorded "Day Dreams Come True at Night" on Okeh Records. Eddy Howard was the vocalist on the piece. It became Jurgens’ theme song.

1940 - The new Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.

1960 - The Russians sent two dogs into earth orbit in a satellite.

1962 - Homero Blancas shot a 55 at the Premier Invitational Golf Tournament held at Longview, TX. It was the lowest score in U.S. competitive golf history.

1964 - The Beatles began their first North American concert tour. They would visit 26 cities.

1972 - NBC-TV presented "The Midnight Special" for the first time. John Denver was the host for the first show. Wolfman Jack was the show’s announcer. "The Midnight Special" proved to be a ratings success.

1973 - Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge were married in Los Angeles, CA.

1981 - "Charlie’s Angels", starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and the voice of John Forsythe as Charlie, was seen for the last time on ABC-TV. The show went into syndication and is still seen on cable TV.

1984 - Lee Trevino won the 66th PGA Championship -- by four strokes. Trevino took home $125,000 for his first victory in three years.

1989 - Authorities from four European countries (on the Dutch vessel "Volans" and the British launch "Landward") boarded the offshore rock station Radio Caroline (on the ship "Ross Revenge") in international waters in the North Sea and forced it to shut down. Disc jockeys relayed a blow-by-blow account of events to the astonished listeners right up to the end.

1991 - Hurricane Bob was located 30-35 miles east of Cape Hatteras NC, and was at its peak intensity of 115 mph. Damage from Bob was estimated at $1.5 billion, making it the 15th most costly hurricane in U.S. History. A total of 18 people died in the storm: six in Connecticut, three in both New York and Maine, two in both Nova Scotia and New Hampshire, and one in both North and South Carolina.

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Birthdays - August 19
1870 - Bernard (Mannes) Baruch (financier; chairman of War Industries Board [WWI]; representative: UN Atomic Energy Commission; presidential adviser; died June 20, 1965)

1871 - Orville Wright (aviator: one of the Wright Brothers: pioneers in aviation; died Jan 30, 1948)

1883 - Coco (Gabriel Bonheur) Chanel (fashion designer; perfume creator: Chanel #5; died Jan 10, 1971)

1902 - Ogden Nash (poet: famous for his strange but funny rhymes of nonsense: “Undeniably brash Was young Ogden Nash Whose notable verse Was admirably terse And written with panache.”; writer: The Bad Parent's Garden of Verse, You Can't Get There from Here; died May 19, 1971)

1903 - James Gould Cozzens (Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist: Guard of Honor [1949]; S.S. San Pedro, The Last Adam, By Love Possessed; died Aug 9, 1978)

1903 - Claude (Legrand) Dauphin (Franc-Nohain) (actor: Les Miserables, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Is Paris Burning, April in Paris; died Nov 16, 1978)

1906 - June Collyer (Dorothea Heermance) (actress: A Face in the Fog, The Ghost Walks, Drums of Jeopardy; died Mar 16, 1968)

1915 - Ring Lardner Jr. (Ringgold Wilmer Lardner, Jr.) (Academy Award-winning screenwriter: Woman of the Year [1942], MASH [1970]; A Star Is Born [1937], Brotherhood of Man, The Cincinnati Kid, Semi-Tough; died Oct 31, 2000)

1916 - Marie (Katherine Elizabeth) Wilson (actress: My Friend Irma, Babes in Toyland [1934], Rookies on Parade, Shine On, Harvest Moon, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation; died Nov 23, 1972)

1919 - Malcolm Forbes Sr. (publishing magnate: Forbes magazine; died Feb 24, 1990)

1921 - Gene (Eugene Wesley) Roddenberry (creator, producer: Star Trek; writer: Have Gun Will Travel; died Oct 24, 1991)

1931 - Willie Shoemaker (jockey: holds record for most wins in a career: 8,833 out of 40,350 mounts; died Oct 12, 2003)

1933 - Debra Paget (Griffin) (actress: Tales of Terror, The Ten Commandments, Omar Khayyam, Love Me Tender, Prince Valiant)

1935 - Bobby (Robert Clinton) Richardson (baseball: NY Yankees {World Series: 1957, 1958, 1960: record for RBIs in one series (12), and in one game in the series (6) and for most hits in a series (13), 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964/all-star: 1957, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966])

1938 - Diana Muldaur (actress: A Year in the Life, The Tony Randall Show, The Survivors, Star Trek: The Next Generation, McCloud, L.A. Law, Born Free)

1939 - Ginger (Peter) Baker (musician: trumpet, drums: group: Cream; solo: Toad)

1940 - Johnny Nash (singer: I Can See Clearly Now, Stir It Up, Hold Me Tight, A Very Special Love)

1940 - Jill St. John (Oppenheim) (actress: Diamonds are Forever, Come Blow Your Horn, The Oscar, Burke’s Law)

1943 - Billy J. Kramer (William Ashton) (singer: group: The Dakotas: Little Children, Bad to Me)

1945 - Ian Gillan (singer: group: Deep Purple: Black Night, LPs: Deep Purple in Rock, Fireball, Machine Head)

1946 - William Jefferson Clinton (42nd U.S. President [1993-2001]; married to U.S. Senator [NY] Hillary Rodham Clinton [one daughter: Chelsea]; nickname: Bill)

1946 - Bob Johnson (football: Univ. of Tennessee, Cincinnati Bengals)

1947 - Gerald McRaney (actor: Simon & Simon, Major Dad, Murder by Moonlight, Blind Vengeance, Take Me Home: The John Denver Story)

1948 - Tipper (Mary) Gore (Aitcheson) (author: Raising PG Kids in an X-rated Society; wife of U.S. Vice President Al Gore)

1949 - Paul (Michael) Mitchell (baseball: pitcher: Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers)

1951 - John Deacon (musician: bass: group: Queen: Another One Bites the Dust, Bohemian Rhapsody; score of Flash Gordon)

1952 - Jonathan Frakes (actor: Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction?; director: Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Klingon, Star Trek: Insurrection, Total Recall 2)

1955 - Peter Gallagher (actor: Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Short Cuts, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Man Who Knew Too Little, American Beauty)

1956 - Adam Arkin (actor: The Doctor, Heat Wave, Necessary Parties, Fourth Wise Man, Chicago Hope, Northern Exposure, A Year in the Life, Teachers Only, Busting Loose, Big Wave Dave’s)

1960 - Morten Andersen (football [kicker]: Michigan State Univ; NFL: NO Saints, Atlanta Falcons, NY Giants, KC Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings)

1963 - John Stamos (Stamotopoulos) (actor: General Hospital, Full House, You Again?, Born to Ride, The Disappearance of Christina, Never Too Young to Die)

1965 - Kevin Dillon (actor: Platoon, No Escape, A Midnight Clear, The Blob, Remote Control; actor Matt Dillon’s brother)

1965 - Kyra Sedgwick (actress: Phenomenon, Something to Talk About, Murder in the First, Family Pictures, Born on the Fourth of July, Kansas, Tai-pan, War & Love)

1969 - Matthew Perry (actor: Friends, Fools Rush In, The Whole Nine Yards, Servicing Sara)

1970 - M.C. Eric (rap artist: group: Technotronic)

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Chart Toppers - August 19
1946
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
I Don’t Know Enough About You - The Mills Brothers
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954
Sh-Boom - The Crewcuts
The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow

1962
Breaking Up is Hard to Do - Neil Sedaka
The Loco-Motion - Little Eva
You Don’t Know Me - Ray Charles
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King

1970
(They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters
Make It with You - Bread
Spill the Wine - Eric Burdon & War
Don’t Keep Me Hangin’ On - Sonny James

1978
Three Times a Lady - Commodores
Grease - Frankie Valli
Miss You - The Rolling Stones
Talking in Your Sleep - Crystal Gayle

1986
Papa Don’t Preach - Madonna
Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Venus - Bananarama
Your the Last Thing I Needed Tonight - John Schneider

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