On Your Birthday: October 19



1765 – The Stamp Act Congress met and drew up a declaration of rights and liberties.

1814 – The first documented performance of “The Defence of Fort McHenry” with music took place at the Holliday Street Theatre in Baltimore, MD. The work was later published with the title “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

1906 – Dr. Lee DeForest gave a demonstration of his radio tube.

1914 – Government owned vehicles were used for the first time to pick up mail in Washington, DC.

1937 – “Woman’s Day” magazine was published for the first time.

1944 – The U.S. Navy announced that black women would be allowed into Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).

1960 – The first fully mechanized post office opened in Providence, RI.

1960 – The United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products.

1966 – Vincent Price plays “Egghead,” the guest villain on TV’s “Batman”.

1973 – President Richard Nixon rejects an Appeals Court decision that he turn over the Watergate tapes.

1977 – The Concorde S.S.T. made its first landing in New York, NY.

1982 – Automaker John Z. DeLorean is arrested and charged with conspiracy to obtain and distribute 55 pounds of cocaine. He was acquitted of the drug charges in August, 1984.

1983 – The Senate approves a bill establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1985 – The first Blockbuster video rental store opens in Dallas, TX.

1987 – On what what was referred to as “Black Monday”, The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 508 points. It was the worst one-day percentage decline, 22.6%, in history.

1989 – The Senate rejects a proposed constitutional amendment that bars the desecration of the U.S. flag.

1997 – On stage at the Grand Ole Opry, Vince Gill honored John Denver. Gill played “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

1998 – In Washington, DC, The U.S. Governemtn opened its antitrust case against Microsoft.

1998 – A class action suit filed by smokers against five cigarette manufacturers went to trial in Miami, FL, seeking $200 billion.

1998 – Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson gets his license back after having it rescinded for bitting Evander Holyfield’s ear.

2003 – Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II.

2003 – In London, magician David Blaine emerged from a clear plastic box that had been suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. Blaine had entered the box on September 5. He survived only on water for 44 days.

2004 – The television show “The Biggest Loser” debuted on NBC.

2004 – ABC announced it would drop the Miss America beauty pageant. It was later picked up by CMT.

2005 – Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.

2005 – Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb.

2006 – The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day at 12,011.73. It was the first close above 12,000.

2009 – The international version of Amazon’s Kindle 2 was released.

2012 – Big Tex, the 52 foot statue and cultural icon in Dallas, is destroyed by fire during the final weekend of the 2012 State Fair of Texas.



Peter Max 1937 – Artist

Michael Gambon 1940 – Actor (“Toys”, Played Professor Albus Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” films after the death of actor Richard Harris)

John Lithgow 1945 – Actor (“Twilight Zone-The Movie”, “This Is 40”, “Shrek”, “The World According to Garp”, “Kinsey”, TV’s “3rd Rock from the Son”, “Dexter”)

Jeannie C. Riley 1945 – Singer (“Harper Valley P.T.A.”)

Patrick Simmons 1948 – Musician (The Doobie Brothers)

Charlie Chase 1952 – Radio and television host (TV’s “Crook & Chase”)

Nino DeFranco 1956 – Singer (The DeFranco Family)

Jennifer Holliday 1960 – Singer, actress (“Dreamgirls”)

Evander Holyfield 1962 – Boxer

Ty Pennington 1964 – TV host (TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”)

Todd Park Mohr 1965 – Singer, guitar player (Big Head Todd and the Monsters)

Jon Favreau 1966 – Actor (“Iron Man” movies)

Rodney Carrington 1968 – Comedian, actor (TV’s “Rodney”)

Trey Parker 1969 – Actor, animator, singer (“South Park”)

Chris Kattan 1970 – Actor, comedian (“Undercover Brother”, “Corky Romano”, “A Night at the Roxbury”, TV’s “The Middle”, “Saturday Night Live”)

Pras Michel 1972 – Musician (The Fugees)

Omar Gooding (Big O) 1976 – Actor, rapper, comedian (TV’s “Wild and Crazy Kids”, “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper”, “Smart Guy”, and “Playmakers”, Movies “Ghost Dad”, “Baby Boy”)

Jason Reitman 1977 – Director “Juno”, “Up in the Air”, “Thank You for Smoking”)

Benjamin Salisbury 1980 – Actor (TV’s “The Nanny”)

Gillian Jacobs 1982 – Actress (TV’s “Community”)



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