Historical Political Events for October 19

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Year Event
1765 Stamp Act Congress at New York. Twenty-eight delegates from nine colonies drew up memorials to the king and Parliament and adopted a Declaration of Rights and Liberties. Americans rallied to the cry “Liberty, Property, and No Stamps” and forced most stamp distributors to resign.
1781 Britain's Lord Cornwallis surrenders nearly 9,000 troops to American General George Washington (8,000 Continentals & 3,100 militiamen), with plentiful help from Lafayette and other French officers and field (7,800 troops and a fleet of 29 warships with 3,200 troops), at Yorktown in Virginia, signaling the end of the American Revolution. [I suspect that we would have remained a British colony for longer without the help from the French.]
1960 The U.S. embargoes the shipment to Cuba of all goods except medicine and food.
1962 U.S. marshals escort James Meredith onto University of Mississippi campus.
1976 The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was passed to protect human health and the environment from the potential hazards of waste disposal.
1987 "Black Monday" occurs when Wall Street stocks plunged a record 508 points, or 22.6 percent.
1992 Congress votes to close the House of Representatives Bank after it was reported to be covering hot checks for our Representatives.
1997 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (announced in the CBD): From the Bureau of the Census: "ADVERTISING SERVICES FOR CENSUS 2000", AMT $99,940,128.00 TO Young & Rubicam, Inc.
2001 U.S. begins ground assaults against the Taliban. More than 100 commandos parachute into an airfield near Kandahar while a small number of special operations forces raid a compound used by the Taliban to gather intelligence. Two Americans die when a support helicopter crashes.
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Quote of
the Day
Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.
    — Jean-Paul Sartre
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