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On October 19th, 1781, British troops under Lord
Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, as
the American Revolution neared its end.
On this date:
In 1765, the Stamp Act Congress, meeting in New
York, drew up a declaration of rights and
In 1812, French
forces under Napoleon Bonaparte began their retreat from
Confederate General Jubal A. Early attacked Union
forces at Cedar Creek, Virginia; the Union troops
were able to rally and defeat the Confederates.
In 1944, the Navy
announced that black women would be allowed into
Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service
In 1950, United
Nations forces entered the North Korean capital
In 1951, President
Truman signed an act formally ending the state of
war with Germany.
In 1960, the
United States imposed an embargo on exports to
Cuba covering all commodities except medical
supplies and certain food products.
In 1977, the body
of West German industrialist Hanns Martin
Schleyer, who had been kidnapped by left-wing
extremists, was found in Mulhouse, France.
In 1977, the
supersonic Concorde made its first landing in New
In 1987, the stock
market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial
Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in
Ten years ago:
Iraq ordered all foreigners in occupied Kuwait to
report to authorities or face punishment. The
Supreme Soviet voted to approve President Mikhail
S. Gorbachev's economic reform plan. The
Cincinnati Reds beat the Oakland A's 8-to-3,
taking a three games-to-none lead in the World
Five years ago:
Ignoring a veto threat, the House passed a
Republican plan for overhauling Medicare by
raising premiums for the elderly and disabled and
saving billions from hospital and doctor fees.
One year ago:
Legislation to overhaul the nation's campaign
finance laws fell to a filibuster by Senate
Republicans for the fourth straight year. The
Atlanta Braves won the National League pennant by
beating the New York Mets, 10-to-9, in Game Six
of their championship series.
simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed
my life: the longing for love, the search for
knowledge and unbearable pity for the suffering
Bertrand Russell, English philosopher