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On This Day — October 19th

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October 19th is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 73 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56).

On this day in history:

1469 – Ferdinand II of Aragon marries Isabella I of Castile, a marriage that paves the way to the unification of Aragon and Castile into a single country, Spain.

1781 – At Yorktown, Virginia, representatives of British commander Lord Cornwallis hand over Cornwallis’ sword and formally surrender to George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau.

1943 – Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University.

1960 – The United States government imposes a near-total trade embargo against Cuba.

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

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

Celebrity Birthdays:

The White Queen Star Rebecca Ferguson turns 34

The Crown Actor John Lithgow turns 72

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Sr. turns 64

Harry Potter Actor Michael Gambon turns 77

Community Actress Gillian Jacobs turns 35

Iron Man Actor Jon Favreau turns 51

Happy Birthday to all October 19th babies!

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