What Happened on October 19

Historical Events

  • 202 BC Battle of Zama: Hannibal Barca and the Carthaginian army are defeated by Roman legions under Scipio Africanus, ending 2nd Punic War
  • 1781 British General Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown at 2 pm; US Revolutionary War ends
  • 1926 Russian Politburo throws out Leon Trotsky and his followers
  • 1943 Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University
  • 1987 "Black Monday" Dow Jones down 508.32 points (22%), 4½ times previous record
  • 2015 US scientists from University of California find evidence life on earth may have begun 4.1 billion years ago, 300 million earlier than previously thought
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Did You Know?

World's largest gold nugget (215 kg) found in New South Wales

On October 19, 1872

Famous Weddings

  • 1926 Pathologist Howard Florey (28) weds Ethel Reed at Holy Trinity Church in Paddington, New South Wales
  • 1991 Filmmaker Michael Moore (37) weds movie producer Kathleen Glynn (32)
  • 1996 "Rescue Me" actor-comedian Lenny Clarke (43) weds former TV producer Jennifer Miller (31) at Martha's Vineyard in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 2012 Grammy Award winning singer Justin Timberlake (31) weds "Total Recall" actress Jessica Biel (30) at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy
  • 2012 Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg Prince Guillaume (30) weds Countess of Belgium Stephanie de Lannoy (28) in a civil ceremony at the Hotel De Ville in Luxembourg
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