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Today in History: September 19

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Today in History

September 19
1356   In a landmark battle of the Hundred Years’ War, English Prince Edward defeats the French at Poitiers.
1544   Francis, the king of France, and Charles V of Austria sign a peace treaty in Crespy, France, ending a 20-year war.
1692   Giles Corey is pressed to death for standing mute and refusing to answer charges of witchcraft brought against him. He is the only person in America to have suffered this punishment.
1777   American forces under Gen. Horatio Gates meet British troops led by Gen. John Burgoyne at Saratoga Springs, NY.
1783   The first hot-air balloon is sent aloft in Versailles, France with animal passengers including a sheep, rooster and a duck.
1788   Charles de Barentin becomes lord chancellor of France.
1841   The first railway to span a frontier is completed between Stousbourg and Basle, in Europe.
1863   In Georgia, the two-day Battle of Chickamauga begins as Union troops under George Thomas clash with Confederates under Nathan Bedford Forrest.
1893   New Zealand becomes the first nation to grant women the right to vote.
1900   President Loubet of France pardons Jewish army captain Alfred Dreyfus, twice court-martialed and wrongly convicted of spying for Germany.
1918   American troops of the Allied North Russia Expeditionary Force receive their baptism of fire near the town of Seltso against Soviet forces.
1948   Moscow announces it will withdrawal soldiers from Korea by the end of the year.
1955   Argentina’s President Juan Peron is overthrown by rebels.
1957   First underground nuclear test is takes place in Nevada.
1970   First Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Artis (originally called the Pilton Festival) held near Pliton, Somerset, England.
1973   Carl XVI Gustaf invested as King of Sweden, following the death of his grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf.
1982   The first documented emoticons, :-) and :-(, posted on Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System by Scott Fahlman.
1985   An earthquake kills thousands in Mexico City.
1985   Parents Music Resource Center formed by Tipper Gore (wife of then-Senator Al Gore) and other political wives to lobby for Parental Advisory stickers on music packaging.
1991   German hikers near the Austria-Italy border discover the naturally preserved mummy of a man from about 3,300 BC; Europe’s oldest natural human mummy, he is dubbed Otzi the Iceman because his lower half was encased in ice.
2006   Military coup in Bangkok,  revokes Thailand’s constitution and establishes martial law.

Born on September 19

1894   Rachel Field, novelist and playwright who wrote All This and Heaven Too and And Now Tomorrow.
1904   Bergen Evans, educator and author who wrote Dictionary of Contemporary American Usage.
1911   William Golding, novelist best known for Lord of the Flies.
1915   Elizabeth Stern, Canadian pathologist who first published a case report linking a specific virus to a specific cancer.
1926   Masatoshi Koshiba, Japanese physicist who jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physics (2002); his work focused on subatomic particles known as neutrinos.
1927   Helen Carter, singer, member of the pioneering all-female country group Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters.
1928   Adam West, actor (Batman in campy Batman TV series).
1930   Bettye Lane, photographer noted for documenting major events of the feminist, civil rights and gay rights movements in the US.
1932   Mike Royko, journalist, syndicated columnist; won Pulitzer Prize for commentary (1972).
1933   David McCallum, actor, musician (The Man from U.N.C.L.E, NCIS TV series).
1934   Brian Epstein, music entrepreneur, manager of the The Beatles.
1940   Paul Williams, composer, singer, songwriter, director, actor ("Evergreen," "Rainy Days and Mondays").
1947   Tanith Lee, author, screenwriter; first woman to win British Fantasy best novel award (Death’s Master, 1980).
1948   Jeremy Irons, actor; won Tony Award for Best Actor (The Real Thing, 1984) and Academy Award for Best Actor (Reversal of Fortune, 1990).
1949   Twiggy, model known for her thin build and androgynous look .
1949   Barry Sheck, co-founder of Innocence Project dedicated to using DNA testing to exonerate wrongly convicted people.
1950   Joan Lunden, journalist, author, co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America for 17 years (1980–1997).
1964   Trisha Yearwood, Grammy and Country Music Association award-winning singer-songwriter ("How Do I Live"), actress (JAG TV series recurring role).
1974   Jimmy Fallon, actor, comedian, musician, TV host (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; currently scheduled to replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show in 2014).