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Today in History

November 19
1620 The Pilgrims sight Cape Cod.
1828 In Vienna, Composer Franz Schubert dies of syphilis at age 31.
1861 Julia Ward Howe writes “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” while visiting Union troops near Washington.
1863 Abraham Lincoln delivers the “Gettysburg Address” at the dedication of the National Cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.
1885 Bulgarians, led by Stefan Stambolov, repulse a larger Serbian invasion force at Slivnitsa.
1873 James Reed and two accomplices rob the Watt Grayson family of $30,000 in the Choctaw Nation.
1897 The Great “City Fire” in London breaks out.
1905 100 people drown in the English Channel as the steamer Hilda sinks.
1911 New York receives the first Marconi wireless transmission from Italy.
1915 The Allies ask China to join the entente against the Central Powers.
1923 The Oklahoma State Senate ousts Governor Walton for anti-Ku Klux Klan measures.
1926 Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Politburo in the Soviet Union.
1942 Soviet forces take the offensive at Stalingrad.
1949 Prince Ranier III is crowned the 30th Prince of Monaco.
1952 Scandinavian Airlines opens a commercial route from Canada to Europe.
1969 Apollo 12 touches down on the moon.
1973 The New York stock market takes its sharpest drop in 19 years.
1976 Patty Hearst is released from prison on $1.5 million bail.
1981 U.S. Steel agrees to pay $6.3 million for Marathon Oil.
1985 US President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, meet for the first time.
1985 In the largest civil verdict in US history, Pennzoil wins $10.53 billion judgement against Texaco.
1990 Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not sing on their award-winning Girl You Know Its True album.
1996 Canada’s Lt. Gen. Maurice Baril arrives in Africa to lead a multinational force policing Zaire.
1998 The US House of Representatives begins impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton.
2010 New Zealand suffers its worst mining disaster since 1914 when the first of four explosions occurs at the Pike River Mine; 29 people are killed.
Born on November 19
1600 Charles I, King of England and Ireland.
1797 Sojourner Truth, abolitionist and women’s rights advocate.
1831 James Garfield, 20th president of the United States.
1899 Allen Tate, Southern novelist, poet and critic.
1915 Billy Strayhorn, composer, arranger and pianist who wrote “Take the ‘A’ Train.”
1917 Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India from 1967 to 1977 and 1978 to 1984 who was assassinated by her own guards.
1921 Roy Campanella, Hall of Fame baseball star.
1933 Larry King, journalist and long-time talk show host.
1936 Dick Cavett, host of TV talk shows The Tonight Show and The Dick Cavett Show.
1938 Ted Turner, businessman; founder of Turner Broadcasting System.
1942 Calvin Klein, fashion designer; founder of Calvin Klein, Inc..
1942 Sharon Olds, poet (The Dead and The Living, The Gold Cell).
1954 General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt (2014– ); played a leading role in the July 2013 coup ousting President Mohamed Morsi.
1956 Ann Curry, journalist; co-anchor of Today, June 9, 2011–June 28, 2012; anchor of Dateline NBC 2005–2011.
1962 Jodie Foster, actress, director, producer; came to fame at age 13 in the 1976 film Taxi Driver; won an Academy Award for Best Actress (1989) for The Accused.
1966 Gail Devers, three-time Olympic champion in track and field (US team); won gold in 1992 (100 m) and two gold medals in 1996 (100 m, 4x100m relay).
1976 Jack Dorsey, businessman; co-founder of Twitter.