August 19

August 19 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2021 Daily Holidays that fall on August 19, include:

  • Coco Chanel Day 
  • International Bow Day 
  • International Orangutan Day 
  • National Aviation Day 
  • National Hot and Spicy Food Day 
  • National Root Beer Float Day - (also August 6)
  • National Sandcastle and Sculpture Day 
  • National Soft Ice Cream Day 
  • Potato Day 
  • World Humanitarian Day 
  • World Orangutan Day 
  • World Photography Day 

2021 Weekly Holidays that include August 19, are:

  • Ashura - Evening of August 18, 2021 to Evening of August 19, 2021
  • Minority Enterprise Development Week - August 18-24
  • National Aviation Week - August 15-21 (Always during the week of Orville Wright's Birthday on August 19)
  • National Chef's Appreciation Week - August 15-21, 2021 (Third Week in August)
  • Perseid Meteor Showers - July 17 - August 24, 2021

2021 Monthly Holidays that include August 19, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our August Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of August.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Vivid Sydney - August 6-28, 2021 located in Sydney, Australia is where art, technology, and commerce intersect, and is an event of light, music, and ideas. Featuring outdoor lighting sculptures, cutting edge contemporary music, and the illumination of the Sydney Opera House. Check out our Holidays in Australia page!
  • Little League World Series - August 18-29, 2021 (Held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania)

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for August 19 is Leo.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of August are:

  • Gladiolus - Strength, moral integrity, remembrance, infatuation. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange.  It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.


The Birthstone(s) for August is:

  • Peridot which is known for its shimmering yellow-green color and the peace and good luck it brings to its wearer.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1919 - Malcolm Forbes, American publisher and politician (Forbes Magazine) (d. 1990)
  • 1963 - John Stamos, American actor (Full House)
  • 1966 - Lee Ann Womack, American singer and songwriter (I Hope You Dance)
  • 1969 - Matthew Perry, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (Friends)

Famous Deaths

  • AD 14 - Augustus, Roman emperor (b. 63 BC)
  • 1977 - Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor (b. 1890)
  • 1980 - Otto Frank, German-Swiss businessman who was the father of Anne Frank (Diary of Anne Frank) (b. 1889)
  • 2014 - James Foley, American photographer and journalist who was abducted in Syria in 2012 and was the first American citizen beheaded by ISIS

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1956 - Actor Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music) marries actress Tammy Grimes
  • 1973 - Country singer Kris Kristofferson marries country singer Rita Coolidge

Quote of the Day

It is Well With My Soul!!!!

Take care of your Mind, Body, and Soul!!!!

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

August 19th is Potato Day!

A perfect day to try a Potato Leek Soup with Ham!  You can find the Recipe for Potato Leek Soup on Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website!

Potato Leek Soup Recipe by Healthy Diet Habits!

This Day in History

  • 1561 - After spending 13 years in France, Mary Queen of Scots returns to Scotland at 18
  • 1692 - In Salem, Province of Massachusetts Bay, one woman and four men are executed after being convicted of witchcraft
  • 1812 - American frigate USS Constitution earns the nickname of Old Ironsides after they defeat the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1848 - The New York Herald breaks the news about the gold rush in California that started in January
  • 1854 - United States Army soldiers kill Lakota chief Conquering Bear and in return are massacred 
  • 1919 - Afghanistan gain full independence from the United Kingdom
  • 1934 - The German referendum of 1934 approves Hitler's appointment as head of state with the title of Fuhrer
  • 1940 - First flight of the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber
  • 1944 - France rises against German occupation with the help of Allied troops
  • 1955 - Severe flooding from Hurricane Diane claim 200 lives in the Northeast United States
  • 1964 - The first geostationary communication satellite, Syncom 3 was launched
  • 2003 - A suicide attack by Hamas on a bus in Jerusalem, Israel kills 23 including seven children
  • 2005 - Peace Mission 2005, a first ever joint military exercise between Russia and China begins
  • 2009 - Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill 101 and injures 565 others
  • 2010 - Operation Iraqi Freedom ends with the last of the U.S. brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait
  • 2017 - The 2017 Cypress Island Atlantic salmon pen break occurs when tens of thousands of farmed non-native Atlantic salmon are accidentally released into the wild in Washington waters

This Day in Music

  • 1957 - Tammy by Debbit Reynolds hits #1 
  • 1967 - All You Need Is Love by The Beatles hits #1
  • 1969 - Crosby, Stills and Nash are guests on the Dick Cavett Show
  • 1972 - The Midnight Special debuts on NBC
  • 1972 - Chicago's Album Chicago V hits #1
  • 1988 - Hound Dog by Elvis Presley is named the most played song in the first 100 of the jukebox

Above Video: Chicago - Saturday in the Park! This song made it to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972

This Day in Sports

  • 1861 - The fifth highest summit in the Alps, Weisshorn is climbed for the first time
  • 1909 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens and has their first automobile race
  • 1921 - Ty Cobb is the 4th player to get 3,000 hits
  • 1934 - Dayton, Ohio hosts the first All-American Soap Box Derby
  • 2004 - US gymnast Carly Patterson becomes the 2nd American woman to win the all-around gold medal
  • 2016 - The US women's water polo team beat Italy 12-5 to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and retain their Olympic title. Kiley Neushul scores 3 goals

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Clemency (noun)

1. The gentle or kind exercise of power; leniency, mercy; compassion in judging or punishing.
2. (now rare) Mildness of weather.

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