October 19: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 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 handed over Cornwallis' sword and formally surrendered to George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau.
- 1789 - Chief Justice John Jay is sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States.
- 1943 - Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University.
- 2005 - Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb.
- Famous Birthdays: George Abbot (Archbishop of Canterbury), Cassius Clay (American abolitionist), Charles Merrill (American investment banker), Jean Dausset (French immunologist), Yoko Shimomura (Japanese composer)
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