From 1836 to 1846 residents of the Republic of Texas were generally called this.

  • Tejano
  • Texan
  • Texasites
  • Texian

Today in History: Born on October 19

1784

Leigh Hunt, English journalist, essayist, poet and political radical.

1817

Tom Taylor, British playwright whose play Our American Cousin was being performed at Ford's Theater when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

1833

Adam Lindsay Gordon, Australian poet.

1858

Alice Josephine McLellan Birney, child welfare worker whose ideas evolved into the PTA.

1895

Lewis Mumford, American writer, urban planner and social critic (The City in History).

1931

John Le Carré, English suspense and spy novelist.

1932

Robert Reed, actor; best known for his role as Mike Brady on the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch, he received Emmy nominations for his appearances in Medical Center, Rich Man, Poor Man, and Roots.

1934

General Yakubu "Jack" Gowon, leader of Nigeria 1966-75; his government prevented Biafran secession during the Nigerian Civil War (1967-70).

1937

Peter Max, illustrator and graphic artist whose use of psychedelic shapes and bright colors made him popular in the 1960s.

1944

Peter Tosh, reggae musician; member of The Wailers before establishing a successful solo career.

1945

John Lithgow, actor (The World According to Garp; Terms of Endearment; 3rd Rock from the Sun TV sitcom).

1945

Jeannie C. Riley, country and gospel singer, whose 1968 hit "Harper Valley PTA" (penned by Tom T. Hall) reached No. 1 on both the Pop and Country charts of Billboard magazine.

1948

Patrick Simmons, guitarist and vocalist for The Doobie Brothers band.

1956

Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform political group, which opposes all tax increases.

1962

Evander Holyfield, professional boxer; held Undisputed World Champion title in both cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions; known as "The Real Deal." In a 1997 bout, challenger Mike Tyson bit off part of one of Holyfield's ears.

1963

Prince Laurent of Belgium.

1967

Amy Carter, daughter of American president (1977-81) Jimmy Carter, she engaged in social activism in the 1980s.

1969

Trey Parker, actor, animator, screenwriter, director, musician; co-creator of animated TV series South Park; co-wrote, co-directed multiple–Tony Award winning musical The Book of Mormon.