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Birthdates which occurred on your SELECTED date of October 19:

1605 Sir Thomas Browne British writer (Garden of Cyrus)
1784 John McLoughlin Hudson's Bay Co pioneer in Oregon Country
1784 Leigh Hunt British writer (Lord Byron)
1862 Auguste LumiŠre made 1st movie (Workers Leaving LumiŠre Factory)
1863 John Huston Finley Ill, editor (NY Times (1937-38))
1868 Bertha Landes 1st woman elected mayor of a major US city (Seattle)
1876 Mordecai (3 finger) Brown hall of fame pitcher
1882 Vincas Kreve-Mickievicius Lithuania, poet/philologist/playwright
1889 Uncle Art Satherly entertainer
1895 Lewis Mumford cultural historian/city planner/writer
1899 Miguel Asturias Guatemala, poet/novelist/diplomat (Nobel 1967)
1901 Arleigh A Burke US, admiral (WW II)
1909 Robert Beatty actor (Amorous Mr Pawn)
1910 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar India, physicist (Nobel 1983)
1911 George Cates NYC, orch leader (Lawrence Welk Show)
1913 Jean Urruty France, Jai-Alai champion
1916 David Lewis Pitts Pa, actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital)
1916 Emil Gilels Odessa Russia, pianist (Brussels Competition-1938)
1920 LaWanda Page Cleve Ohio, actress (Aunt Esther-Sanford & Sons)
1921 George Nader Pasadena Calif, actor (Robot Monster, Away All Boats)
1921 Gunnar Nordahl Sweden, soccer players (Olympic-gold-1948)
1922 Jack Anderson newspaper columnist (Wash Post)
1925 Bernard Hepton Bradford England, actor (6 Wives of Henry VIII)
1927 Piere Alechinsky Belgium, artist (Les Hautes herbes)
1928 Buff Cobb Florence Italy, actress (Masquerade Party)
1929 Balbir Singh India, field hockey player (Olympic-gold-1948-56)
1931 John Le Carr‚ England, spy novelist (Little Drummer Girl)
1932 Lloyd Haynes South Bend Indiana, actor (Pete Dixon-Room 222)
1932 Robert Reed Highland Park Ill, actor (Mike-Brady Bunch, Nurse)
1933 Wilfried Dietrich German FR, super-heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1960)
1936 Tony Lo Bianco Brooklyn NY, actor (Ann Jillian Story, Hizzoner!)
1937 Sean Garrison NYC, actor (Up Periscope, Splendor in the Grass)
1939 Benita Valente Delano Calif, soprano (Pamina-Die Zauberfl”te)
1940 Jerzy Kulej Poland, light welterweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1964, 68)
1945 Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead) film actor, born Towson, MD. USA
1945 John Lithgow actor (Harry & the Hendersons)
1955 Lonnie Shelton NBA forward (NY Knick, Seattle Supersonics)
1955 Pat Klous Hutchinson Ks, actress (Marcy-Flying High, Judy-Love Boat)
1956 Sue Barker tennis pro (French Open 1976)
1960 Jennifer Holiday singer/actress (Dream Girls)
1960 Woody rocker (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee)
1962 Evander Hollyfield Heavyweight boxing champ (1990- )
1965 Maria Lee Ostapiej La Mess Calif, Miss Calif-America (1991)
1966 Amy Linker Brooklyn NY, actress (Lewis & Clark, Lauren-Square Pegs)
1966 Anna Clark San Francisco Ca, playmate (Apr, 1987)
1966 Sinitta rocker (Omn Sinitta)
1967 Amy Carter Pres Carter's daughter/peace activist

Deaths which occurred on October 19:

1964 Maurice Gosfield actor (Doberman-Phil Silvers Show), dies at 51
1978 Gig Young kills his bride of 3 weeks & then commits suicide at 64
1982 Jock Ewing dies in an aircrash on TV show "Dallas"
1983 Maurice Bishop prime minister of Grenada & others murdered in coup


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On this day...

125 -BC- Origin of Era of Tyre
615 St Deusdedit I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1298 Rindfleish-140 Jews of Heilbron Germany are murdered
1765 Stamp Act Congress met in NY, wrote decl of rights & liberties
1781 Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown at 2 PM; Revolutionary War ends
1812 Napoleon begins his retreat from Moscow
1818 US & Chicasaw Indians sign a treaty
1845 Wagner's opera Tannh„user performed for 1st time
1849 Elizabeth Blackwell became 1st woman in US to receive medical degree
1853 1st flour mill in Hawaii begins operations
1856 James Kelly & Jack Smith fight bareknuckle for 6h15m in Melbourne
1859 Wilhelm Tempel discovers diffuse nebula around Pleid star Merope
1864 Approx 25 Confederates make surprise attack on St Albans, Vermont
1864 Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia, Union beats back Conf attackers
1870 1st (4) blacks elected to House of Reps
1872 World's largest gold nugget (215 kg) found in New South Wales
1888 Moshav Gederah is attacked by the Arabs
1901 Santos-Dumont proves airship maneuverable by circling Eiffel Tower
1912 Tripoli (Libya) passes from Turkish to Italian control
1919 1st Distinguished Service Medal awarded to a woman
1919 Reds beat White Sox, 5 games to 3 in 16th World Series. This series is known as the black sox scandal as 7 White Sox throw the series
1933 Berlin Olympic Committee vote to introduce basketball in 1936
1936 HR Ekins of "NY World-Telegram" beats 2 other reporters in a race around the world on commercial flights, by 18« days
1941 1st woman jockey in North America, Anna Lee Wiley in Mexico
1943 Theater Guild presentation of "Othello" opens at Shubert
1943 Yankee 2nd baseman Joe Gordon announces retirement (hates NY)
1944 US forces land in Philipines
1949 Yanks trade Joe Gordon to Cleveland for Allie Reynolds
1950 UN forces entered Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea
1951 Pres Harry S Truman formally ends state of war with Germany
1953 1st jet transcontinental nonstop scheduled service
1953 Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey
1957 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Mont, became 1st NHLer to score 500 goals
1959 Florence Henderson joins the Today Show panel
1960 France grants Mauritania independence
1960 Martin Luther King Jr arrested in Atlanta sit-in
1960 The US imposes an embargo on exports to Cuba
1963 Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
1967 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of USSR, sets then long jump record at 27' 4 3/4"
1967 Mariner 5 makes fly-by of Venus
1968 Golden Gate Bridge charges tolls only for southbound cars
1969 Oakland Darryle Lamonica passes for 6 touchdowns vs Buffalo (50-21)
1970 John Frazier kills Ohta's declares WW 3 has begun
1973 Ringo releases "Photograph"
1974 Det Red Wing Mickey Redmond scores the 1st hat trick against Wash Caps
1974 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers in Portland (next win 6-1-90)
1977 Supersonic Concorde jet's 1st landing in NYC
1980 Steve McPeak rides 101'9" unicycle
1981 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos for NL pennant
1982 Automaker John DeLorean arrested on cocaine charges (Not guilty)
1983 Columbia moves to Orbiter Processing Facility
1986 USSR expells 5 US diplomats
1987 "Black Monday"-Dow Jones down 508.32, 4« times previous record
1987 Billy Martin hired as manager of NY Yankees for 5th time
1987 US warships destroy 2 Iranian oil platforms in Persian Gulf
1988 3 Americans win Nobel in physics; 3 W Germans win chemistry Nobel
1988 Britain bans broadcast interviews with IRA members
1988 Car bomb kills 7 Israelis, wounds 11 near Lebanon border
1988 Roxette releases "Roxette Look Sharp!" album
1988 S Afr anti-apartheid leader Sisulu wins $100,000 Human Rights prize
1988 Senate passes bill curbing ads during children`s TV shows


Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

Mauritania : Independence Day (1960)
Virginia : Yorktown Day (1781)
Alaska : Alaska Day (1867) - - - - - ( Monday )

Religious Observances

RC : Commemoration of St Peter of Alcantara, confessor/mystic
RC : G Lalemand, Garnier, Chabanel, R Goupil & J Laliande, canonized
RC : SS Antony Daniel, Gabrial Lalemand & N Amer martyrs
RC : SS John de Brebeuf & Isaac Jogues, priests
RC : Memorial of St Paul of the Cross (opt)
Ang : Commem of Hanry Martyn, Priest, & Missionary to India & Persia

Religious History

1562 Birth of George Abbot, archbishop of Canterbury. A recognized leader of the English Calvinists, Abbot also demonstrated Puritan sympathies, and took a leading part in translating the 1611 King James Version of the Bible.
1609 Death of Jacob Arminius, 49, the Dutch theologian who lent his name to the beliefs (known today at Arminianism) which oppose the major tenets of Protestant Reformed (Calvinist) theology.
1720 Birth of John Woolman, American Quaker reformer. His "Journal," written from 1756-72, greatly influenced 19th century abolitionists.
1744 English revivalist George Whitefield, 29, arrived in Maine at the start of his second visit to America. Whitefield struggled to adapt the beliefs of Calvinism to the Arminian teachings of proto-Methodists John and Charles Wesley.
1921 Birth of Bill Bright, American youth evangelist. Bill and his wife Vonette founded Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951, incorporating this evangelical Christian student organization in California in 1953.

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.
Additional information supplied by the author. Contact via E-mail: William D. Blake. (

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