Every year on this day, since about 1104, any married couple who could prove they had been faithful and loving to one another for one year was awarded half a pig, known as a flitch of bacon.
However, very few couples would actually "bring home the bacon!"
July 19, 1692 -
Five Salem witches are hanged for the crime of witchcraft, based primarily on the accusations of little girls who were bewitched.
Eventually, the village executes a total of 20 witches.
July 19, 1870 -
France attempted to declare war on Russia. Due to a typographical error, however, she inadvertently declared war on Prussia and caused the Franco-Prussian war. This eventually led to the creation of Germany, which led to World War I, World War II, and the volkswagen.
Moral: always proofread.
July 19, 1937 -
The Nazis open "Entartete Kunst," the Degenerate Art show, in Munich. The traveling exhibition offers up Expressionism for ridicule, carefully arranged by (offensive) subject.
The German youth are not admitted, lest they become tainted.
July 19, 1952 -
During a series of UFO sightings in Washington, D.C. occurring over July 13-29, unidentified objects are picked up on D.C.'s National Airport radar system. Sightings in the region are so extensive the Air Force is prompted to hold a press conference. Conveniently, these are all "radar mirages" resulting from "temperature inversions."
Keep watching the skies.
July 19, 1957 -
Michael Landon first film, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, premiered on this date.
He must have been so proud.
July 19, 1966 -
Frank Sinatra marries Mia Farrow in Las Vegas on this date.
Ava Gardner's famous comment on the union: "Hah! I always knew Frank would end up in bed with a little boy!"
And so it goes.