Today in History
1962 Bob Dylan releases his first album
Dylan is regarded as one of the world’s most influential musicians. His songs “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin'” became anti-war anthems.
1954 Willie Mosconi sets the world record for running most consecutive Pool balls without a miss
Mr Pocket Billiards, as the hugely successful American sportsman, was often called, ran 526 consecutive balls.
1945 Adolf Hitler orders the destruction of all industries in Germany
In light of Germany’s impending defeat in World War II, the Nero Decree was issued. It was never fully realised.
1911 The first International Women’s Day is observed by over 1 million people in several European countries
German socialists Clara Zetkin and Luise Zietz initiated the observance, which has become an annual global event.
1895 The Lumière brothers record their first footage
Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon depicted workers leaving their Lyon factory. The film lasts about 50 seconds. The first filmmakers in history were Auguste and Louis Lumière.
Births On This Day, March 19
1955 Bruce Willis
German/American actor, singer, producer
1952 Harvey Weinstein
American film producer, co-founded Miramax Films, The Weinstein Company
1848 Wyatt Earp
American police officer
1821 Richard Francis Burton
English soldier, geographer, diplomat
1813 David Livingstone
Scottish missionary, explorer
Deaths On This Day, March 19
2014 Fred Phelps
2008 Arthur C. Clarke
2005 John DeLorean
American engineer, businessman, founded the DeLorean Motor Company
1939 Lloyd L. Gaines
1406 Ibn Khaldun