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On This Day: July 19, 2018

  1834Edgar Degas, French impressionist and sculptor
  1896A.J Cronin, Scottish novelist
  1918Samuel Colt, US inventor of the Colt 45 revolver
  1946Ilie Nastase, Romanian tennis player
  1947Brian May, Rock guitarist
  1965Evelyn Glennie, Percussionist

  1837The steamship 'Great Western', built by Brunel, was launched
  1903The first ever 'Tour de France' cycle race ended
  1937The author of 'Peter Pan', J.M Barrie, died
  1949The Asian country of Laos gained its independence
  1980Parliament voted against re-introducing the death penalty
  1984Many areas of Britain were struck by a weak earthquake, centred in Wales
  1989General Jaruzelski was appointed President of Poland
  1991The South African government admitted funding the Zulus to undermine the ANC
  1994Part of comet Shoemaker-Levy crashed into the planet Jupiter

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