On This Day: October 19th
This is 293rd day of the year and 73 days remain in the year.
French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte began their retreat from Moscow.
The United States imposes a partial embargo on goods exported to Cuba.
The Senate passed a bill (78–22) making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, birthday a public holiday.
The stock market crashed on what came to be known as "Black Monday." Stocks dropped a record 508 points, or 22.6%, topping the drops on October 28 and 29 in 1929 that ushered in the Great Depression.
October 19 BirthdaysSubrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
1910—1995 , American astrophysicist, born. Lahore, India (now Pakistan).
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brownbaseball player
John le Carrboxer
Edmund Beecher Wilsonzoologist
Lewis Mumfordsocial philosopher
Jack Andersonnewspaper columnist
Thomas Browneauthor and physician