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Today is Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019

Today is Saturday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2019 with 73 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.


Those born on this day are under the sign of Libra. They include abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay in 1810; motion picture pioneer Louis Lumiere in 1862; newspaper columnist Jack Anderson in 1922; English spy novelist John Le Carre, born David Cornwell, in 1931 (age 88); actor Robert Reed in 1932; pop artist Peter Max in 1937 (age 82); actor Michael Gambon in 1940 (age 79); actor John Lithgow in 1945 (age 74); feminist Patricia Ireland in 1945 (age 74); singer Jeannie C. Riley in 1945 (age 74); British writer Philip Pullman in 1946 (age 73); boxer Floyd Mayweather Sr. in 1952 (67); U.S. political figure Grover Norquist in 1956 (age 63); singer Jennifer Holliday in 1960 (age 59); former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield in 1962 (age 57); television personality Ty Pennington in 1964 (age 55); actor/director Jon Favreau in 1966 (age 53); Amy Carter, daughter of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, in 1967 (age 52); TV producer Trey Parker in 1969 (age 50); actor Chris Kattan in 1970 (age 49); actor Desmond Harrington in 1976 (age 43); Canadian director Jason Reitman 1977 (age 42); actor Gillian Jacobs in 1982 (age 37); actor Rebecca Ferguson in 1983 (age 36); actor Art Parkinson in 2001 (age 18).

On this date in history:

In 1781, Britain's Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered with more than 7,000 troops to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, Va., effectively ending the American War of Independence and guaranteeing the colonialists freedom from the crown.

In 1789, John Jay, one of the founding fathers and president of the Continental Congress, was sworn in as first chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

In 1812, Napoleon's beaten French army began its long, disastrous retreat from Moscow.

In 1964, under the leadership of new Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev, the Kremlin moved toward patching up its grievances with Red China.

In 1973, the Israeli military was pitched in a two-front battle against Arab forces, in the south against Egypt, and in the north against the armies of Syria, Iraq and Jordan. Subsequently, Saudi Arabia threatened a total cutoff of oil shipments to the United States unless they halted all military aid to Israel. This standoff would lead to the 1973 oil crisis.

In 1982, carmaker John DeLorean was arrested in Los Angeles and charged in a $24 million cocaine scheme aimed at salvaging his bankrupt sports car company. He was tried and acquitted.

In 1987, U.S. Navy ships bombarded an Iranian oil platform in retaliation for a missile attack on a U.S.-flagged ship and Iran threatened a "crushing response," warning the United States "has got itself into a full-fledged war."

In 1994, a terrorist bombing killed more than 20 people on a bus in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In 2003, Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa before hundreds of thousands of pilgrims packed into St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. This was the last formal step before her sainthood in 2015.

In 2009, the U.S. government announced it would no longer prosecute people who use or sell marijuana for medicinal purposes if they are complying with state laws.

In 2013, a violin played by the musical conductor of the Titanic as the ship sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic in 1912 sold for more than $1.7 million at an auction in London.

In 2018, Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, opened in U.S. theaters. In its opening weekend, it earned $77.5 million, a record for any film with a female lead over the age of 55.

A thought for the day: "Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong." -- American boxer Muhammad Ali