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On This Day — September 19th

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September 19th is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 103 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

1356 – Hundred Years’ War: English forces led by Edward the Black Prince decisively won the Battle of Poitiers and captured King John II of France.

1692 – Salem witch trials: As Giles Corey was being crushed to death for refusing to enter a plea to charges of witchcraft, he reportedly kept telling officials, “More weight!”

1940 – Polish resistance leader Witold Pilecki allowed himself to be captured by German forces and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in order to gather intelligence.

1970 – The first Glastonbury Festival, the largest greenfield festival in the world, was held at Michael Eavis’s farm in Glastonbury, England.

1982 – 🙂 and 😦 were first proposed by Scott Fahlman for use as emoticons.

Celebrity Birthdays

Adam West would have turned 90

Jeremy Irons turns 70

Twiggy turns 69

Jimmy Fallon turns 44

Katrina Bowden turns 30

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