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This Day in History for October 19

1630 – In Boston, the 1st general court is held.

1870 – 1st African American (4) elected to US House of Representatives.

1914 – US post office 1st used an automobile to collect and deliver mail.

1915 – US bankers arrange a $500 million loan to the British and French.

1917 – Love Field in Dallas, Texas, is opened.

1919 – 1st US Distinguished Service Medal awarded to a living female recipient, Anna Howard Shaw.

1932 – Jimmie Foxx wins American League MVP and Chuck Klein wins National League wins NL MVP.

1950 – Bird Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is dedicated.

1951 – US President Harry Truman formally ends state of war with Germany.

1959 – Florence Henderson joins Today Show.

1969 – Oakland Raider Darryle Lamonica passes for 6 touchdowns vs Buffalo (50-21)

1976 – US President Gerald Ford signs 1st major revision of copyright law since 1909.

1982 – Automaker John DeLorean arrested on cocaine charges (not guilty)

1983 – Senate establishes Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.

1986 – USSR expels five US diplomats.

1987 – Black Monday Stock markets around the world crash, including the Dow Jones stock index, which falls 508.32 points (22%), 4½ times the previous daily record.

1993 – UN authorizes arms, military and police supply embargo against Haiti.

1998 – The Earth Liberation Front sets fire to Vail Mountain ski resort in Colorado, causing $12 million in damage.

2005 – Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb.

2016 – Third US Presidential debate: Donald Trump notably refuses to say if he will accept the result of election during debate with Hillary Clinton at Nevada University, Las Vegas.

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