Sunday, October 19, 2014

Today in History: Sunday, October 19, 2014

AP Highlight in History: 
On Oct. 19, 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent – its biggest one-day percentage drop in history.
 
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On this date in:
1765The Stamp Act Congress, meeting in New York, drew up a declaration of rights and liberties.
1781British troops under Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Va., as the American Revolution neared its end.
1812French forces under Napoleon Bonaparte began a retreat from Moscow.
1950United Nations forces entered the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
1960The United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba.
1969Vice President Spiro T. Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters "an effete corps of impudent snobs."
Audio LinkVice President Spiro T. Agnew
2001Two Army Rangers were killed in a helicopter crash in Pakistan in the first combat-related American deaths of the military campaign in Afghanistan.
2003Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa during a ceremony in St. Peter's Square.
2005A defiant Saddam Hussein pleaded innocent to charges of premeditated murder and torture at his trial in Baghdad.
2006The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 12,000 for the first time, finishing the day at 12,011.73.
2008Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican who was President George W. Bush's first secretary of state, broke with the party and endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.
2011In Greece, hundreds of youths smashed and looted stores in central Athens and clashed with riot police during a massive anti-government rally against painful new austerity measures.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor John Lithgow turns 69 years old today.
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
NameProfessionAge
John le CarreAuthor83
Patricia IrelandFeminist activist69
Evander HolyfieldBoxer52
Ty PenningtonTV host ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition")50
Jon FavreauActor, director48
Amy CarterDaughter of former President Jimmy Carter47
Trey ParkerTV producer ("South Park")45
Chris KattanActor, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")44
Jason ReitmanWriter, director ("Thank You for Smoking," "Juno")37
Actress Gillian Jacobs ("Community") turns 32 years old today.
AP Photo/Matt Sayles
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