1676: During Bacon’s Rebellion, Nathaniel Bacon leads his forces to burn Jamestown to the ground.
1777: At the First Battle of Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War, the Continental Army loses to British forces.
1778: The first federal U.S budget is passed by the Continental Congress.
1796: The farewell address of George Washington is printed in newspapers across the U.S as an open letter to the public.
1846: Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud – two French shepherd children – claim to have experienced a vision of the Virgin Mary on a mountaintop near La Salette in France. This location is now known as Our Lady of La Salette.
1862: Confederate Forces led by General Sterling Price are defeated by Union troops led by General William Rosecrans at the Battle of Iuka during the American Civil War.
1939: During WWII, the Battle of Kepa Oksywska ends. Polish losses account for approximately fourteen percent of all the forces which took part in the battle.
1944: The Continuation War ends when Finland and the Soviet Union sign an armistice.
1944: During WWII, the Battle of Hurtgen Forest begins between the U.S and Germany.
1946: After a speech given by Winston Churchill, the Council of Europe is founded.
1952: Charlie Chaplin is banned from re-entering the United States after a trip to England.
1985: Political wives – including the wife of Senator Al Gore, Tipper Gore – forms the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) as musicians begin testifying at U.S Congressional hearings on rock music obscenity.
2010: Deep Water Horizon, a leaking oil well, is finally sealed off on this day.
Famous Birthdays on September 19
British novelist, poet, playwright and Nobel Prize laureate William Golding is born in 1911.
American singer Helen Ward is born in 1913.
American author Damon Knight is born in 1922.
English actor Jeremy Irons is born in 1948.
English model, actress and singer Twiggy is born in 1949.