November 19

This Day in History

1981

Philippine President Bans Videogames

"Continuing a policy of implementing draconian and sometimes bizarre laws, President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos banned videogames in his country on this day in 1981. Throughout his 21 … (more...)

1969

Pelé Scores 1,000

Brazilian football great Pelé scores his 1,000th professional goal in a game against Vasco da Gama in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium. It was a major milestone in an illustrious career that included … (more...)

1941

The Sinking of HMAS Sydney

Sydney was lost with its entire crew of 645 men in a sudden encounter with the German raider, Kormoran 800km north of Perth. When Sydney sighted the Kormoran, disguised as a Dutch merchant ship, the … (more...)

1703

The Real Man in the Iron Mask Dies in Prison

"On this day in 1703, the legendary man in the iron mask died in the Bastille in Paris. His identity was always a mystery and one theory, that he was the brother of King Louis XIV, became the basis … (more...)