September 19

This Day in History

1994

U.S. Forces Land on Haiti

On September 19, 1994, 20,000 U.S. troops land unopposed in Haiti to oversee the country's transition to democracy. In 1991, Roman Catholic priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the first freely elected … (more...)

1991

Ötzi the Iceman Is Discovered

On this day in 1991, two hikers near Hauslabjoch, high up in the icy alpine mountains between Austria and Italy, made an astounding discovery: A frozen body that eventually turned out to be 5,300 … (more...)

1919

The World’s Largest War Memorial – The Great Ocean Road in Victoria

Believed to be the world’s largest war memorial, the Great Ocean Road stretches 243 kilometres along the west coast of Victoria between Torquay and Allansford. It was constructed by returned soldiers … (more...)

1888

World’s First Modern Beauty Pageant

On this day in 1888, the world’s first modern beauty contest is thought to have taken place in the small Belgian municipality of Spa. It’s impossible to tell exactly when beauty pageants began, … (more...)