Today is Tuesday October 19th. It’s National Seafood Bisque Day, World Ballet Day, National Pharmacy Technician Day, World Day Against Breast Cancer, International Gin & Tonic Day, New Friends Day and Dress Like a Dork Day
There are 12 days until Halloween
There are 19 days remaining until Daylight Saving Time Ends
There are 37 days until Thanksgiving
Today is the day that…
— in 1781, British forces sign terms of surrender to George Washington at Yorktown, ending the Revolutionary War
— in 1870, Four African Americans become the first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
— in 1919, women’s suffrage activist Anna Howard Shaw becomes the first living female recipient of the U.S. Distinguished Service Medal
— in 1943, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University
— in 1951, President Harry Truman formally ends the state of war with Germany
— in 1958, 13-year-old Brenda Lee records “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.”
— in 1959, The Scotch Club in Aachen, Germany becomes the first ever discotheque to open, with 19-year-old Klaus Quirini becoming the first club DJ
— in 1968, At Liverpool University, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham perform as “The New Yardbirds” for the last time as they would soon assume the moniker Led Zeppelin.
— in 1970, Working from a design sketched out by his wife and himself, Elvis Presley orders a dozen 14-karat gold pendants from a Beverly Hills jeweler featuring the letters “TCB” (Taking Care of Business) set around a lightning bolt.
— in 1973, Saudi Arabia, Libya, and other Arab states proclaim an embargo on oil exports to the United States
— in 1977, In Greenville, South Carolina, Lynyrd Skynyrd play their last concert before the fateful plane crash that kills three of their members.
— in 1979, Following a vicious legal battle with MCA Records, the third Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers album, Damn The Torpedoes, is released on the label’s new subsidiary, Backstreet Records.
— in 1982, automaker John De Lorean was arrested for trafficking cocaine
— in 1983, The U.S. Senate establishes the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. It would be observed for the first time in 1986.
— in 1984, the groundbreakingTalking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense opens in theaters
— in 1985, “Take On Me” by the Norwegian group a-ha hits #1 the US
— in 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points
— in 1990, the Oscar-winning movie Western “Dances with Wolves” premieres, directed by and starring Kevin Costner
— in 1998, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson got his boxing license back after he lost it for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear
— in 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta is beatified by Pope John Paul II
— in 2005, the last Major League Baseball game was played at the old Busch Memorial Stadium, as the Cardinals lost Game 6 of the NLCS to the Astros, 5-1
— in 2005, Saddam Hussein went on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity
— in 2008, Retired Gen. Colin Powell, who was President George W. Bush’s first secretary of state, broke with the GOP and endorsed Barack Obama for president
— in 2009, A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley’s head when he joined the US Army in 1958 sold for $15,000
— in 2010, Happy Days star Tom Bosley died of heart failure at the age of 83
— in 2012, Justin Timberlake marries actress Jessica Biel at a super-secret ceremony in Italy
— and in 2018, the reboot of the horror classic “Halloween” starring Jamie Curtis makes a record $77m for a horror movie with a female lead
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