Today in History: July 19th


Some of the historical events that took place on July 19th, that made headlines in the last five years:

2014 Tobacco company R. J. Reynolds must pay over $23 billion in resolution of a lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who died from lung cancer at age 36; the suit accused the company of hiding the health risks and habit-forming nature of cigarettes

2014 Russia retaliates against U.S. sanctions against certain individuals by denying visas to 13 Americans

2013 Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announces a plan to help settle Papua New Guinea asylum seekers who come to Australia by boat

2013 A Pontifical Commission is established by Pope Francise to investigate current accounting practices and implement new strategies for greater fiscal transparency and fiscal responsibility among all Vatican offices

2012 David Cameron, Britain’s Prime Minister, suggests government spending cuts will be required until the end of the decade

2012 The United Kingdom freezes 100 million pounds of assets of Syrian leaders

2011 Iran announces it has installed faster nuclear centrifuges to enrich uranium

2011 In a speech outside of Potala Palace, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping declares he will crush attempts for an Independent Tibet

2010 A Tel Aviv judge orders safe deposit boxes at a Zurich bank opened; the boxes may contain drawings and manuscripts by writer Franz Kafka