On This Day

On This Day in History for October 19 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1977 Supersonic Concorde jet's 1st landing in NYC
  • 1980 Steve McPeak rides 101'9" unicycle

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1981 Nicolaas Bloembergen and Arthur Schawlow win Nobel Prize for Physics (laser)

  • 1982 Automaker John DeLorean arrested on cocaine charges (Not guilty)
  • 1983 Space Shuttle Columbia moves to Orbiter Processing Facility
  • 1983 Grenada general Hudson Austin forms "revolutionary council"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 US Senate establishes Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1986 USSR expels five US diplomats
  • 1987 Black Monday: Stock markets around the world crash, including the Dow Jones stock index, which falls 508.32 points (22%), 4½ times the previous daily record
  • 1987 US warships destroy 2 Iranian oil platforms in Persian Gulf
  • 1988 3 Americans win Nobel in physics; 3 W Germans win chemistry Nobel
  • 1988 Britain bans broadcast interviews with IRA members
  • 1988 Car bomb kills 7 Israelis, wounds 11 near Lebanon border
  • 1988 Roxette releases "Roxette Look Sharp!" album
  • 1988 South African anti-apartheid leader Sisulu wins $100,000 Human Rights prize
  • 1989 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

  • 1990 HCA, Helsinki Citizens Assembly, forms in Prague
  • 1993 UN authorizes arms, military and police supply embargo against Haiti
  • 1994 160 killed in fighting in Tsjetsjenie (Chechnya)
  • 1994 Palestinian bomb attack on bus in Tel Aviv, kills 22
  • 1998 The Earth Liberation Front sets fire to Vail Mountain ski resort in Colorado, causing $12 million in damage
  • 2001 SIEV-X, an Indonesian fishing boat en-route to Christmas Island, carrying over 400 asylum seekers, sinks killing 353

BeatificationBeatification

2003 Mother Teresa of Calcutta is beatified by Pope John Paul II

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2004 Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the SPDC on charges of corruption
  • 2004 Care International aid worker Margaret Hassan is kidnapped in Iraq

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 2005 Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb
  • 2007 Bomb explosion rocks Glorietta 2, a shopping mall in Makati, the Philippines killing 11, injuring more than 100 people
  • 2012 8 people are killed and 78 injured by a car bomb in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2013 16 people are killed and 30 are wounded by a suicide bombing Beledweyne, Somalia
  • 2013 11 people are killed after a plane crashes in Namur, Belgium
  • 2014 A working human intestine is generated in a laboratory from stem cells in the United States
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2015 Canadian federal elections: Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party win a majority with 184 seats

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2016 Third US Presidential debate: Donald Trump notably refuses to say if he will accept the result of election during debate with Hillary Clinton at Nevada University, Las Vegas

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2017 New Zealand Labour Party forms a coalition government led by Jacinda Ardern (37), youngest NZ leader in 161 years

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern
  • 2017 Outbreak of the Marburg virus declared by Uganda's Ministry of Health

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 UK parliament votes for the Letwin amendment in a special Saturday sitting, which forces Boris Johnson to ask the EU for an extension and delays vote on his Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • 2019 Chilean President Sebastián Piñera declares a 15 day state of emergency after widespread and violent protests over rise in public transport costs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 US Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Bernie Sanders for president

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
US Congresswoman and Activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
US Congresswoman and Activist
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • 2019 Sunnyside, Queens, New York City: Intersection of 46th Street and Skillman Avenue named "Ethel Plimack Way", in honor of a longtime resident [1]
  • 2020 US charges six Russian military officers with massive cyber-attack meant to disrupt 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 2017 French presidential election, and Ukraine's power grid
  • 2020 Belgium officials say country facing a "tsunami" of COVID-19 cases amid new restrictions and figures it has third-highest number of Covid-related deaths per 100,000 people globally
  • 2020 Irish government moves country to highest level of COVID-19 restrictions amid rising cases
  • 2020 Peru announces rediscovered 37m figure of a cat, completed 500 BC to 200 AD, a geoglyph outline in the Nazca Desert
  • 2020 Ming handscroll painting “Ten Views of Lingbi Rock” by Wu Bin sells for 512.9 million yuan ($77 million) at auction in Beijing, a new world record for a classical Chinese work

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