1. On August 19, 1812, the USS Constitution (also known as "Old Ironsides") defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a legendary naval battle. The victory was a significant boost to American morale during the War of 1812.
2. On August 19, 1920, Connecticut became the 37th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Connecticut's support was crucial in achieving the necessary number of states for ratification.
3. On August 19, 1955, Hurricane Diane made landfall in Connecticut, causing widespread flooding and damage. Over 70 people lost their lives in the state, and the storm remains one of the deadliest in Connecticut's history.
4. On August 19, 1974, President Gerald Ford visited Hartford to speak at a Republican fundraiser. While in town, he also attended a baseball game at Dillon Stadium between the Hartford Chiefs and the Pittsfield Senators.
5. On August 19, 2008, Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman spoke at the Republican National Convention in support of John McCain's presidential campaign. His decision to do so, despite being a Democrat, sparked controversy and led to speculation about his political future.
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