August 19

This Day in History

1942

Allies Raid Dieppe

On this day in World War II, an Allied force of 7,000 men carries out a daytime raid against German positions at the French seaport of Dieppe. Aided by tanks and aircraft, the commando force--5,000 … (more...)

1580

Architect Andrea Palladio Dies

Italian architect Andrea Palladio, widely considered the most influential individual in the history of architecture, died on this day in 1580. Born Andrea Di Pietro della Gondola on 30 November … (more...)

1399

Richard II of England Surrenders to His Cousin Henry

The English monarchy has been punctuated with incident and intrigue throughout its long and sometimes bloody history. Blackmail, betrayal, and even murder have played their part in the long-running … (more...)