July 19

This Day in History

1834

Artist Edgar Degas Is Born

On this day in 1834, artist Edgar Degas was born. Although he has achieved lasting fame for his art—above all, for his dream-like paintings and beautiful bronze sculptures of ballerinas—Edgar Degas … (more...)

1799

Rosetta Stone found

During Napoleon Bonaparte's Egyptian campaign, a group of his soldiers discover a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta. Ancient Greek script on the stone told … (more...)

1545

"Mary Rose" Sinks, Recovered 300 Years Later

On this day in 1545, after serving the English navy for 33 years, engaging in several battles against French, Scottish, and Breton warships, and undergoing a substantial reconstruction, the English … (more...)