From my good friend Dave- notable events on October 19th
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.
1812 – Napoleon Bonaparte retreats from Moscow.
1950 – The People’s Republic of China joins the Korean War by sending thousands of troops across the Yalu River to fight United Nations forces.
1960 – Cold War: The United States government imposes a near-total trade embargo against Cuba.
1784 – Leigh Hunt, English poet and critic (d. 1859)
1945 – John Lithgow, American actor
1962 – Evander Holyfield, American boxer and actor
1966 – Jon Favreau, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1967 – Yoko Shimomura, Japanese pianist and composer
1969 – Trey Parker, American actor, animator, producer, and screenwriter
1975 – Shian-Li Tsang, Japanese model
- Table Talk (1851)
- As quoted in The Farmer’s Wife, Vol. 36 (1933), p. 72
- A Thought or Two on Reading Pomfret’s “Choice”, in The Poetical Works of Leigh Hunt, London: Edward Moxon, 1846, p. 147.