spotlight Highlights from history: August 19 Aug 19, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1909: Indianapolis Motor Speedway In 1909, the first automobile races were run at the just-opened Indianapolis Motor Speedway; the winner of the first event was auto engineer Louis Schwitzer, who drove a Stoddard-Dayton touring car twice around the 2.5-mile track at an average speed of 57.4 mph. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1934: Adolf Hitler On August 19, 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler. AP 1942: Dieppe Raid In 1942, during World War II, about 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a disastrous raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France, suffering more than 50-percent casualties. AP 1976: Gerald R. Ford In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Kansas City. Anonymous 1982: Svetlana Savitskaya In 1982, Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the second woman to be launched into space. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1987: Hungerford Massacre In 1987, a gun collector ran through Hungerford, England, 60 miles west of London, killing 16 people, including his mother, before turning his gun on himself. Martin Cleaver 1990: Leonard Bernstein In 1990, Leonard Bernstein conducted what turned out to be the last concert of his career at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; the program ended with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Charles Harrity 2003: U.N. Headquarters Baghdad In 2003, a suicide truck bomb struck U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22, including the top U.N. envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello. KARIM KADIM 2004: Google Nasdaq In 2004, Google began trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, ending the day up $15.34 at $100.34. KATHY WILLENS 2009: Don Hewitt Ten years ago: Don Hewitt, the TV news pioneer who'd created CBS' "60 Minutes," died at his Long Island, New York, home at age 86. Jim Cooper 2014: James Foley Five years ago: A video released by Islamic State militants purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. Steven Senne 2014: John Brennan One year ago: Former CIA Director John Brennan, whose security clearance had been revoked by President Donald Trump, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he was considering taking legal action to try to prevent Trump from removing clearances from other current and former officials. Pablo Martinez Monsivais 2014: New York Islanders Five years ago: The New York Islanders announced the team had been sold to a former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and London-based investor Scott Malkin. HENNY RAY ABRAMS 2018: "Crazy Rich Asians" One year ago: "Crazy Rich Asians," in its opening weekend in American theaters, was the top money-making film. Richard Shotwell Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (0) comments Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Recommended View All Promotions promotion 🐌 Dig in with our Home & Garden newsletter! promotion Find your next home with the October 18, 2019 issue of Home Market! More Latest Local Offers Thoennes Shelter Insurance Thoennes Shelter Insurance: Providing Personal Service to Bloomington/Normal families since 1964. Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute Dermatology and Mohs: Renew, Refresh, Revitalize Always H.E.A.R. Hearing Center Always H.E.A.R.: Buy One, Get Two FREE!