On this day: August 19

Published On: Aug 15 2013 01:30:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts its first auto race, The Beatles kick off their first American concert tour, Groucho Marx dies, Mike Tyson returns to the ring, and the last U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq, all on this day.

OTD August 19 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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1909: The first automobile races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway take place. Part of a three-day, 18-event slate of races, the day saw races won by Louis Schwitzer, Louis Chevrolet and Ray Harroun, but was marred by tragedy when driver Billy Borgue and his riding mechanic, Harry Halcomb, were fatally injured in the final event of the day.

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