Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
United Kingdom: A new biography, reported in "The Sunday Times", claims that the prosecution of Oscar Wilde for sodomy was ordered by the then Liberal government, in a deal with the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of Lord Alfred Douglas, to prevent his exposure of a homosexual relationship between another of his sons, Viscount Drumlanrig, and British Prime Minister Lord Rosebery. According to reports, future prime minister Herbert Asquith played a key role in negotiating the deal, which led to the imprisonment of the Irish writer.
SIEV-X sinks en route to Christmas Island.
Tuesday, October 19, 1993
becomes the first elected woman to lead a post-colonial Muslim state, in Pakistan.
Wednesday, October 19, 1988
The United Kingdom bans broadcast interviews with IRA members. The BBC gets around this stricture through the use of professional actors.
Mozambican president Samora Machel
's plane crashes in South Africa.
Wednesday, October 19, 1983
Tuesday, October 19, 1982
John De Lorean is arrested for selling cocaine to undercover FBI agents (he is later found not guilty due to entrapment).
Wednesday, October 19, 1977
Thursday, October 19, 1967
Saturday, October 19, 1963
Alec Douglas-Home succeeds Harold Macmillan as British Prime Minister.
Thursday, October 19, 1961
Thursday, October 19, 1950
: The People's Republic of China enters the conflict by sending thousands of soldiers across the Yalu River
William Edward Hickman is executed at San Quentin prison for the 1927 murder of Marion Parker.
Tuesday, October 19, 1926
Tuesday, October 19, 1915
Mexican Revolution: The U.S. recognizes the Mexican government of Venustiano Carranza "de facto" (not "de jure" until 1917).
(German Life-Saving Society) is founded.
Wednesday, October 19, 1904
A new Māori revolt begins in New Zealand.
Garibaldi again defeats the Neapolitan forces, advancing on Gaeta, the last remaining Neapolitan strong-point.
Meeting at Teano: Giuseppe Garibaldi gives Naples to the king Victor Emmanuel II, recognizing him as King of Italy.
Saturday, October 19, 1850
Napoleon begins his retreat from Moscow.
Tuesday, October 19, 1655
Saturday, October 9, 1512 (Julianian calendar)
Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology ("Doctor in Biblia").
Tuesday, October 10, 1469 (Julianian calendar)
James III of Scotland acquires the Orkney and Shetland Islands from Denmark.
Marsilio Ficino completes his translation of the collected works of Plato.
Lorenzo de' Medici takes power in Florence.
Sigismund of Austria sells Upper-Elsass (Alsace) to Charles the Bold in exchange for aid in a war against the Swiss.
Marsilio Ficino writes Commentary on Plato's Symposium on Love.
Marsilio Ficino starts to work on Platonic Theology.
Friday, October 10, 1466 (Julianian calendar)
Empire is conquered by troops of the Inca
Louis XI of France introduces silk weaving to Lyon.
Wednesday, October 10, 1453 (Julianian calendar)
Johannes Gutenberg invents the movable type printing press.
The Hundred Years' War comes to a close with the French recapture of Bordeaux, leaving the English retaining only Calais on French soil.
Sunday, October 10, 1434 (Julianian calendar)
In Ming DynastyChina
, a long episode of drought, flood, locust
infestation, and famine cripple agriculture and commerce in areas throughout the country until 1448
Thursday, October 11, 1330 (Julianian calendar)
Thursday, October 16, 615 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, October 18, 439 (Julianian calendar)
The monastery of Mar Saba is founded near Bethlehem (Palestine).