Today in history 18-10-21 |
Today in history
Today is Tuesday, October 19, the 292nd day of 2021. There are 73 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s history:
On October 19, 2001, US special forces began operations on the ground in Afghanistan, ushering in an important new phase of the assault on the Taliban and al-Qaida.
To this date :
In 1781, British troops under General Lord Cornwallis marched to Yorktown, Virginia, as the American Revolution drew to a close.
In 1789, John Jay was sworn in as the first chief justice of the United States.
In 1944, the US Navy began accepting black women in WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service).
In 1950, during the Korean conflict, United Nations forces entered the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
In 1953, Ray Bradbury’s novel “Fahrenheit 451”, set in a dystopian future where books are banned and burned by the government, was first published by Ballantine Books.
In 1960, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested during a demonstration at a meal counter in Atlanta. (Sent to prison for violation of parole for a traffic violation, King was released three days later following an appeal from Robert F. Kennedy.)
In 1977, the supersonic Concorde made its first landing in New York.
In 2002, in York, Pa., Former mayor Charlie Robertson was acquitted and two other men were convicted of the shotgun murder of Lillie Belle Allen, a young black woman, during race riots that tore apart the city in 1969.
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