19 OCTOBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Leigh Hunt, 1784
  • Alfred Dreyfus, 1859
  • Auguste Lumiere, 1862
  • Lewis Mumford, 1895
  • Jack Anderson, 1922
  • John Le Carré, 1931
  • Robert Reed, 1932
  • Dave Guard, 1934
  • Jim Reeves, 1935
  • Peter Max, 1937
  • Peter Tosh, 1944
  • John Lithgow, 1945
  • Jennifer Holliday, 1960
  • Evander Holyfield, 1962

Died On This Day:

  • King John, 1216
  • Jonathan Swift, 1745
  • George Pullman, 1897
  • John Reed, 1920
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1950
  • Elizabeth Arden, 1966
  • Gig Young suicide, 1978
  • PM Maurice Bishop of Grenada killed, 1983
  • Jacqueline du Pre, 1987
  • Martha Raye, 1994
  • Tom Bosley, 2010

Today's Events:

  • 125 BC - Era of Tyre begins.
  • 1781 - George Washington beats British! Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown ending War of Independence.
  • 1790 - 400 troops attack 150 Indians northwest of Ohio-First battle fought by U.S. troops.
  • 1807 - Discovery of sodium announced by Sir Humphrey Davy.
  • 1812 - Napoleon's army begins retreat from Russia in severe cold conditions.
  • 1845 - Wagner's 'Tanhauser' first performed in Dresden Opera House.
  • 1864 - Union victory over Confederates at Battle of Cedar Creek (Civil War).
  • 1872 - 472 pound lump of reef gold, the Holtermann Nugget, discovered in New South Wales, Australia.
  • 1904 - American Tobacco Company incorporated.
  • 1960 - Martin Luther King and 52 others arrested at 'whites only' restaurant in Atlanta.
  • 1978 - Anatoly Karpov of the USSR defeats defector Viktor Korchnoi for world chess championship.
  • 1987 - 'Black Monday' crash on Wall Street. Dow Jones plunges 508 points for largest 1 day loss (-22.6%).
  • 2005 - Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad, only the second president of a country to be accused of war crimes.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • John of Rila
  • Peter of Alcantara
  • Frideswide

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
  • DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
  • PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
  • LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
  • CHUNG CHI'U CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • RAMADAN, Muslim holy month
  • CHILD HEALTH DAY - first Monday in October in USA
  • COLUMBUS DAY - first Monday in October
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - last Sunday in October set clocks back
  • MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY - celebrated fourth Sunday in October in US
  • NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY - second Sunday in October in USA
  • THANKSGIVING DAY IN CANADA - second Monday in October

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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