Thursday, October 19, 2017

Day 292 - This day in legal and military history

October 19

NATIONAL Evaluate Your Life Day

NATIONAL Conflict Resolution Day

NATIONAL Get Smart About Credit Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1739 England declares war on Spain over borderlines in Florida. The war is known as the War of Jenkins’ Ear because the Spanish coast guards cut off the ear of British seaman Robert Jenkins.

1781 Major General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrenders to George Washington and Count de Rochambeau at Yorktown, Virginia, effectively ending the Revolutionary War

1917 The first doughnut is fried by Salvation Army volunteer women for American troops in France during World War I

1949 The People’s Republic of China is formally proclaimed

1960 The United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba

1973 President Richard Nixon rejects an Appeals Court decision that he turn over the Watergate tapes

1987 The stock market crashed on what came to be known as "Black Monday." Stocks dropped a record 508 points, or 22.6%, topping the drops on October 28 and 29 in 1929 that began the Great Depression. 

2003 Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II for her work among “the poorest of the poor” in India

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