The events happened on 19th January are :
1966 : Rule in India transferred to Indira Gandhi : Following the sudden death of Indian Premier Lal Bahadur Shastri eight days earlier, Indira Gandhi became prime minister of India on this day in 1966, assuming the office first held by her father, Jawaharlal Nehru.
1955 : U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower held the first-ever televised presidential press conference.
1883 : In the North Sea the German steamer Cimbria collided with the British steamer Sultan and sank, killing 340.
1853 : Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore premiered in Rome.
1825 : Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett obtained a patent for a preservation process used to store food in tin cans.
1809 : Edgar Allan Poe, an American short-story writer, poet, critic, and editor famous for his cultivation of mystery and the macabre, was born.
1807 : Confederate General Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford, Virginia.
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