March 19 in Pop Culture History

March 19 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

March 19 History Highlights

  • 1279 – A Mongol victory at the Battle of Yamen ended the Song dynasty in China.Over 100,000 people died in the sea battle.
  • 1918 – US Standard Time Act established standard time zones in the United States.
  • 1962 – Bob Dylan released his first album, Bob Dylan, for Columbia Records.
  • 1993 – Operation Iraqi Freedom began.
  • If you were born on March 19th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… June 26th (prior year)

Swallows Return to Capistrano, California

The miracle of the “Swallows” of Capistrano takes place each year at Mission San Juan Capistrano, on March 19th, St. Joseph’s Day. Swallows migrate 6,000 miles from Goya, Argentina to San Juan Capistrano in large groups. The town of San Juan Capistrano welcomes visitors from all parts of the world to witness the return of the swallows, a tradition that has been celebrated since the early 1930s. (website)

March 19 is…

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
Chocolate Carmel Day
Let’s Laugh Day
Poultry Day

March 19 Birthday Quotes

“It was a place that is trying to destroy the individual by every means possible; trying to break his spirit, so that he accepts that he is No. 6 and will live there happily as No. 6 forever after. And this is the one rebel that they can’t break.”
– Patrick McGoohan

“When the rights of any individual or group are chipped away, the freedom of all erodes.”
– Earl Warren

“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
– William Jennings Bryan

“If you don’t want your children to know the truth about life don’t send ’em to the theater to see Moms ’cause I’m gonna tell them THE TRUTH, hear?”
– Moms Mabley

“Everybody, no matter how old you are, is around 24, 25 in their heart.”
– Bruce Willis

March 19 Birthdays

1813 – David Livingstone, Scottish missionary and explorer (died in 1873)
1848 – Wyatt Earp, American police officer (died in 1929)
1860 – William Jennings Bryan, American lawyer and politician (died in 1925)
1891 – Warren Earl, American jurist, US Chief Justice (died in 1974)
1894 – Moms Mabley, American comedian and singer (died in 1975)
1927 – Richie Ashburn, American baseball player and Philadelphia sportscaster (died in 1997)
1928 – Patrick McGoohan, Irish-American actor (died in 2009)
1936 – Ursula Andress, Swiss model and actress
1947 – Glenn Close, American actress
1955 – Bruce Willis, German-American actor

March 19 History

1649 – The House of Commons of England abolished the House of Lords, declaring it ‘useless and dangerous to the people of England’.

1842 – French writer Honore de Balzac’s play Les Ressources de Quinola opened to an empty house due to a publicity stunt. He had earlier announced that the show had sold out, so nobody actually bought any tickets.

1918 – Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time.

1931 – The Nevada state legislature voted to legalize gambling

1957 – Graceland was on 13.8-acre estate, and sold for $102,500 to Elvis Presley.

March 19, 1959 Birthday (fictional) Hank Hill, King of the Hill, Cartoon

1962 – Bob Dylan released his first album, Bob Dylan.

1979 – C-Span was launched

1983 – First Lady Nancy Reagan made an appearance on an episode of Diff’rent Strokes, beginning her Just Say No anti-drug campaign

1987 – Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as the host of The PTL Club after involvement in a sex scandal.

1998 – Broadway Show – Cabaret (Musical) March 19, 1998

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The closest most of us will ever get to walking away with our backs to an explosion is turning away from a bowling ball before it reaches the end of the lane.

Alfred Hitchcock chose to not conclude the film ‘The Birds’ with the usual “THE END” title because he wanted to leave the audience on edge.

The reason we say “mum’s the word” is because “mum” is a slang version of the 14th-century word “momme” which means “be silent” or “do not reveal”.

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.

Somebody is working on something right now that will change the world in a few years.

What’s blue and smells like red paint?
Blue paint.

If Mickey Mouse was cloned and then all the clones were in a room, would there be Mickey Mice or Mickey Mouses?

Twelve is the largest number you can say with just one syllable.

Useless Pronunciation: E as in euphemism

The reason almost no nation has purple on their flag is that purple dye was prohibitively expensive up until the late 19th century.

The world uses a base ten counting system because we have ten fingers.

“It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” – Timex ad

Dagwood Bumstead from the comic “Blondie” was the heir to millions. He was disinherited when he married Blondie Boopadoop, a poor flapper, in 1933.

The cake in the closing scene of “‘Sixteen Candles” was made out of cardboard.

GRAMMYS: ‘Record of the Year’ goes to the song performer and production team, ‘Song of the Year’ goes to the songwriter/composer.

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