Today in History: August 19th

A day of racial violence that split New York City ultimately led to reconciliation and healing on this day in history. The HAN Network’s Donald Eng takes a look back at that moment in time along with a lot more of what happened on Aug. 19.

Some of the historical moments on this day included the execution of five people convicted of witch craft in Salem, Massachusetts Bay, back in the late 17th Century. Nearly 100 years later, the American Revolutionary War's final battle victory for British loyalists during the frontier portion of the war for independence. Just 30 years later, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.

In the early 20th Century two baseball legends, John McGraw and Christy Mathewson, were arrested for hosting a baseball game in New York City that benefited the American troops.

Back in Connecticut, the Flood of '55 began as back-to-back hurricanes dropped 20 inches of rain on the state.

And in 1991, the Crown Heights Riots began after two black children were struck by a car driven by a Hasidic man.

You can catch Eng’s look back in history every day on the HAN Network’s Coffee Break news program, which streams live video at 11 a.m. at

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