Today in History: November 19

Today in History: November 19

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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

Lincoln delivers the "Gettysburg Address" at the dedication of the National Cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.

1873

James Reed and two accomplices rob the Watt Grayson family of $30,000 in the Choctaw Nation.

1885

Bulgarians, led by Stefan Stambolov, repulse a larger Serbian invasion force at Slivinitza.

1897

The Great "City Fire" in London.

1905

100 people drown in the English Channel as the steamer Hilda sinks.

1911

New York receives 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 30th Monarch of Monaco.

1952

Scandinavian Airlines opens a commercial route from Canada to Europe.

1969

Apollo 12 touches down on the moon.

1973

New York stock market takes 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

In the largest civil verdict in US history, Pennzoil wins $10.53 billion judgement against Texaco.

1985

US President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, meet for the first time.

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

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.