About October 19

October 19, 2021 is the 292nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 73 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Libra is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 105 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 19

  • 202 BC
    Second Punic War: At the Battle of Zama, Roman legions under Scipio Africanus defeat Hannibal Barca, leader of the army defending Carthage.
  • 1386
    The Universität Heidelberg held its first lecture, making it the oldest German university.
  • 1649
    New Ross town, Co. Wexford, Ireland, surrenders to Oliver Cromwell.
  • 1781
    At Yorktown, Virginia, representatives of British commander Lord Cornwallis handed over Cornwallis’ sword and formally surrendered to George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau.
  • 1805
    Napoleonic Wars: Austrian General Mack surrenders his army to the Grand Army of Napoleon at the Battle of Ulm. 30,000 prisoners are captured and 10,000 casualties inflicted on the losers.
  • 1822
    In Parnaíba; Simplício Dias da Silva, João Cândido de Deus e Silva and Domingos Dias declare the independent state of Piauí.
  • 1917
    The Love Field in Dallas, Texas is opened.
  • 1921
    Portuguese Prime Minister António Granjo and other politicians are murdered in a Lisbon coup.
  • 1935
    The League of Nations places economic sanctions on fascist Italy for its invasion of Ethiopia.
  • 1943
    Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University.
  • 1944
    United States forces land in the Philippines.
  • 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.
  • 1956
    The Soviet Union and Japan sign a Joint Declaration, officially ending the state of war between the two countries that had existed since August 1945.
  • 1969
    The first Prime Minister of Tunisia in twelve years, Bahi Ladgham, is appointed by President Habib Bourguiba.
  • 1976
    Battle of Aishiya in Lebanon.
  • 1987
    In retaliation for Iranian attacks on ships in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy disables three of Iran’s offshore oil platforms.
  • 1989
    The convictions of the Guildford Four are quashed by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, after they had spent 15 years in prison.
  • 2001
    SIEV-X, an Indonesian fishing boat en-route to Christmas Island, carrying over 400 asylum seekers, sinks in international waters with the loss of 353 people.
  • 2003
    Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II.
  • 2004
    Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the State Peace and Development Council on charges of corruption.

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