On This Day: October 19 – The New York Times – 2017

On This Day: October 19 – The New York Times

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Updated October 19, 2013, 2:28 pm

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On Oct. 19, 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value – its second biggest percentage drop.

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On Oct. 19, 1885, Charles E. Merrill, the American investment banker who helped create the largest brokerage firm in the United States, was born. Following his death on Oct. 6, 1956, his obituary appeared in The Times.

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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.

On This Date

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The Stamp Act Congress, meeting in New York, drew up a declaration of rights and liberties.
British troops under Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Va., as the American Revolution neared its end.
French forces under Napoleon Bonaparte began a retreat from Moscow.
United Nations forces entered the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
The United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba.
Vice President Spiro T. Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters "an effete corps of impudent snobs."
Two Army Rangers were killed in a helicopter crash in Pakistan in the first combat-related American deaths of the military campaign in Afghanistan.
Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa during a ceremony in St. Peter’s Square.
A defiant Saddam Hussein pleaded innocent to charges of premeditated murder and torture at his trial in Baghdad.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 12,000 for the first time, finishing the day at 12,011.73.
Retired 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.
In 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.

Historic Birthdays

Charles E. Merrill 10/19/1885 – 10/6/1956 American financier.Go to obituary »

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Sir Thomas Browne 10/19/1605 – 10/19/1682
English physican and author
Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson 10/19/1748 – 9/6/1782
American wife of Thomas Jefferson
(James Henry) Leigh Hunt 10/19/1784 – 8/28/1859
English essayist, critic, journalist and poet
Edmund Beecher Wilson 10/19/1856 – 3/3/1939
American biologist
Alfred Dreyfus 10/19/1859 – 7/12/1935
French army officer tried for treason in famous trial
Auguste Lumiere 10/19/1862 – 4/10/1954
French inventor

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