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What Happened on October 19, 1781

Historical Events


Victory in BattleSurrender at Yorktown

British forces under General Charles Cornwallis sign terms of surrender to George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau at Yorktown at 2 pm, ending the US Revolutionary War
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'Surrender of Lord Cornwallis' by John Trumbull depicting the British surrender which ended the American Revolutionary War
'Surrender of Lord Cornwallis' by John Trumbull depicting the British surrender which ended the American Revolutionary War
  • Edit of Toleration issued by Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, providing limited freedom of worship for non-Roman Catholic Christians
1781 Highlights

About October 19, 1781

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 238 years, 8 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Libra