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Today In History - November 19

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Today in History in 1620 the Mayflower reached Cape Cod and explored the coast; in 1861 Julia Ward Howe committed “Battle Hymn of the Republic” to paper; and in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1493 - Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico, on his 2nd voyage
  • 1530 - Augsburg] Emperor Karel I enables Edict of Worms
  • 1620 - Mayflower reaches Cape Cod & explores the coast
  • 1805 - Lewis & Clark reach Pacific Ocean, first European Americans to cross continent
  • 1850 - Alfred Tennyson becomes British Poet Laureate, succeeding William Wordsworth
  • 1861 - Julia Ward Howe committed "Battle Hymn of the Republic" to paper
  • 1863 - US President Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg address beginning; "Four score and seven years ago..."
  • 1872 - E.D. Barbour of Boston is awarded the first U.S. patent for the first 'calculator', an adding machine capable of printing totals and subtotals
  • 1911 - NY receives first Marconi wireless transmission from Italy
  • 1916 - Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures (the company later became one of the most successful independent filmmakers).
  • 1919 - US Senate rejects (55-39) Treaty of Versailles & League of Nations
  • 1944 - World War II: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt announces the 6th War Loan Drive, aimed at selling $14 billion USD in war bonds to help pay for the war effort.
  • 1969 - Apollo 12's Conrad & Bean become 3rd & 4th humans on Moon
  • 1985 - US President Reagan & Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for first time
  • 1998 - Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells at auction for $71.5 million USD.
  • 1998 - Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1600 - Charles I, King of England (1625-49); executed by Parliament
  • 1831 - James A Garfield, Ohio, gen/(R) 20th President US (March 4-Sept 19, 1881)
  • 1862 - Billy Sunday, American evangelist (d. 1935)
  • 1889 - Clifton Webb [Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck], Indianapolis, Indiana, American actor (Laura)
  • 1905 - Tommy Dorsey, Mahanoy Plane Pa, orchestra leader (Stage Show, Mahogany)
  • 1917 - Indira Gandhi, Allahabad India, Indian PM (1966-77, 1980-84)
  • 1920 - Gene Tierney, Brooklyn, New York, American actress (Laura, Ghost & Mrs Muir)
  • 1921 - Roy Campanella, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Brooklyn Dodger catcher (NL MVP 1951/53/55)
  • 1933 - Larry King, NYC, radio/TV host "143 Arivadechi" (Larry King Show, CNN)
  • 1942 - Calvin Klein, Bronx, NY, fashion designer (Calvin Klein Jeans, CK)
  • 1961 - Meg Ryan, Bethel Ct, actress (When Harry Met Sally, As the World Turns)
  • 1962 - Jodie Foster, Bronx NYC,  Child actress who grew up to star as Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. She received an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of a child prostitute in the 1976 film Taxi Driver.

Famous Weddings

  • 1834 - US President Franklin Pierce (30) weds Jane Pierce (28) in Amherst, New Hampshire
  • 1923 - Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (56) weds artist Maude Noel
  • 1939 - Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio (24) weds "Freshies" actress Dorothy Arnold at St. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco
  • 1954 - Actress Vera-Ellen (33) weds millionaire Victor Rothschild at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Los Angeles
  • 1986 - Hall of Famer boxing champ Muhammad Ali (44) weds Yolanda Williams
  • 1988 - LA Law's Corbin Bernsen marries actress Amanda Pays
  • 1999 - Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel (61) weds Krystal Kennedy at Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas
  • 2005 - Singer and actress Christina Aguilera (28) weds music executive Jordan Bratman (32) under a mountainside tent at the Staglin Family Vineyards in Rutherford, California
  • 2005 - "Corner Gas" actor Brent Butt (39) weds actress Nancy Robertson (34) at Vancouver's Cin Cin Ristorante
  • 2005 - "KISS" lead singer Paul Stanley (53) weds Erin Sutton at The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena, California
  • 2005 - Indianapolis 500 racer Danica Patrick (23) weds physical therapist Paul Hospenthal in Scottsdale, Arizona

Famous Divorces

  • 2004 - Singer Jermaine Jackson (49) divorces Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza (35) after 9 years of marriage.

Famous Deaths

  • 498 - Anastasius II, Pope (496-8) dies. Referred to by Dante in his Inferno XI, 8-9
  • 1828 - Franz Schubert, Austrian composer (Die schöne Müllerin), dies at 31 from typhoid fever
  • 1887 - Emma Lazarus, US poet ("Give us your tired & poor"), dies in New York at 38
  • 1988 - Christine Onassis, heiress, dies of heart failure at 37
  • 1991 - Reggie Nalder, actor (Mark of Devil), dies of bone cancer at 80
  • 1992 - Bobby Russell, song writer (Honey, Little Green Apples), dies at 52
  • 1992 - Diane Varsi, actress (Allison-Peyton Place, Bloody Mama), dies at 54

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