October 19th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
October 19th History Highlights
British Forces Surrender at Yorktown, VA
British troops in Yorktown, Virginia, capitulated to American and French troops while under siege, signaling the beginning of the end of a war. British troops, and the fact that they had received virtually no support from the Navy a few weeks earlier, have ushered in an astonishing turn of fate that might have signaled an end to the fighting in the American colonies.
British losses, which were replaced by adequate supplies and recruits and led to the intervention of Spain and France in the war, left the British in America greatly weakened. In the summer of 1782, General Rochambeau and his troops left New England and left for France in December.
October 19th is…
Clean Out Your Virtual Desktop Day
Evaluate Your Life Day
Seafood Bisque Day
October 19th Birthday Quotes
“Once an innovation is implemented it is no longer innovative.”
“I think there’s always room for people to hear different styles of music, especially when it comes from the heart.”
“I was shocked that someone I didn’t even know would take the time to pray for me.
“I’m just wowed by the universe. I’m just glad to do something I love to do. I love color, I love painting, I love shapes, I love composition, I love the people around me. I’m adoring it all. My legacy is in the hands of other people.”
“I learned the most about myself, and you ask what I learned? Well, I learned my strengths and my weaknesses, and it’s far more important to learn about your weaknesses than your strengths.”
“All of my friends in the business ask, ‘Why is this woman not a star? Why is she not a household name?'”
October 19th Birthdays
1903 – Tor Johnson, Swedish wrestler, and actor (died in 1971)
1922 – Jack Anderson, American journalist and author (died in 2005)
1932 – Robert Reed, American actor (died in 1992)
1937 – Peter Max, German-American pop artist
1944 – Peter Tosh, Jamaican singer-songwriter (died in 1987)
1945 – Divine, American drag queen performer, and actor (died in 1988)
1945 – John Lithgow, American actor
1951 – Annie Golden, American actress and singer
1956 – Grover Norquist, American activist, founded Americans for Tax Reform
1964 – Ty Pennington, American carpenter, and television host
1966 – Jon Favreau, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1969 – Trey Parker, American actor, animator, producer, and screenwriter
1972 – Pras Michel, American rapper-songwriter
1993 – Abby Sunderland, American sailor
October 19th History
1512 – Martin Luther earned a doctorate of theology.
1798 – Chief Justice John Jay was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States.
1957 – #1 Hit October 19, 1957 – October 25, 1957: The Everly Brothers – Wake Up Little Susie
October 19, 1957 Birthday (fictional) Michael Myers, Halloween, Film
1974 – #1 Hit October 19, 1974 – October 25, 1974: Billy Preston – Nothing from Nothing
1982 – St. Elsewhere premiered on NBC
1985 – #1 Hit October 19, 1985 – October 25, 1985: a-ha – Take On Me
1987 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 22% (508 points), named Black Monday.
2003 – Mother Teresa was beatified (step before sainthood) by Pope John Paul II.
2004 – The Biggest Loser premiered on NBC.
October 19, 2009 (fictional) The Earth was destroyed in a solar flare in Knowing, Film
1999 – East End Show – The Lion King (Musical) October 19, 1999
Broadway Show – Memphis (Musical) October 19, 2009
2012 – Built in 1952, Big Tex, a 52-foot statue and icon in Dallas was destroyed by fire in the 2012 State Fair of Texas.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
In order to be given the right to show the much-anticipated movie The Other Side of Midnight, Fox demanded that cinemas also screen a sci-fi film that they were worried would be a flop. Star Wars went on to gross over $775 million.
The diskette image is the “intuitive” icon for saving files, for millions of people that have never seen a real diskette.
“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton
“I get by with a little help from my friends.” #songlyrics
Useless Pronunciation: G as in gnome
Heat, pressure, and time make diamonds, therefore diamonds are made in the same way as waffles.
A group of Otters is called a Romp or Bevy or Family or Raft.
My dog’s favorite sound is probably me saying “Oh, crap!” from the kitchen.
If we ever find a new color we should make the name of it rhyme with orange.
“Non!” – Marcel Marceau #moviequotes
Onomatopoeia is easier done than said.
An average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.
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