October 19th

1453 – The Hundred Years War ends with the French recapturing Bordeaux and only Calais being in British possession.

1466 – The end of the Thirteen Years War with the Second Treaty Of Thorn. (It is a day for the end of wars today!!)

1649 – Oliver Cromwell forces New Ross Town in County Wexford, Ireland, to surrender(Once again ending a battle more than a war – but still!)

1813 – The Battle of Leipzig concludes with Napoleon Bonaparte suffering one of his worst defeats. (Does the fighting ever stop? – well, actually, yes. It has stopped on four occassions on this day in history.)

1864 – The Battle of Cedar Creek both started and ended on this day. This was part of the American Civil War and terminated the invasion of the North by the Confederate States (in the South). (Some none-war news would be nice…)

1914 – The First Battle of Ypres, a battle held in World War I on French territory, begins.

1943 – The first antibiotic for TB is found in America.

1959 – The first Disco opens (check out D.I.S.C.O ohhhhhh ohhhh!)

1986 – The President of Mozambique, Samora Machel, and 34 others die when their plane crashes in the Lebombo Mountains.

1987 – Black Monday. The Dow Jones (a major market in the US stock market) crashes 22% creating mayhem within sellers. (People killed themselves because all of their money was lost in what they considered wise investments.)

2005 – Sadam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity (and I’m sure everyone knows how the trial ended…with the use of youtube!)

Births

Michael Gambon – Irish Actor (1940), Philip Pullman – English author (1946), Sam Allardyce – Football Manager (ex-Newcastle United manager) (1954), Ty Pennington – TV Carpenter (1965), Trey Parker – Co-creator of South Park (1969), Habib Beye – Senegalese footballer (ex-Newcastle United footballer) (1977), Heikki Kovalainen – Finnish Racing Driver (1981)

Deaths

Francesco de Medici – Grand Duke of Tuscany (for anyone who has played Assassins Creed II, you will know this name. For anyone who hasn’t – buy it and play it, one of the best video games ever created!) (d. 1587)

Sport

1873 – Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Rutgers universities draft the first code of conduct for American Football.

Number 1s

Ken Dodd – Tears (1965) (This was a best seller for this year – and I haven’t heard of the song – heard of the guy, he is a funny comedian)

Rod Stewart – Maggie May (1971)

Pussycat – Mississippi (1976)

Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? (1982) (What a fantastic song! Yes, I am a fan of Culture Club…)

Spice Girls – Spice Up Your Life (1997) (It has been too long since I listened to this song – I can herar Youtube calling…)

Sugababes – Hole In The Head (2003) (This seems more recent than that! – Or am I alone in thinking that?)

Pink – So What (2008) (The Song title sounds a bit arrogant when you hear it was made number 1 – so what – it is almost as if Pink doesn’t care!)

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