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This Day in History for October 19

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.

1926 – John C Garand patents semi-automatic rifle.

1932 – Henry Ford gives 1st radio speech.

1943 – Yankee 2nd baseman Joe Gordon announces his retirement.

1944 – US forces land in the Philippines.

1950 – Bird Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is dedicated.

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

1953 – Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey.

1957 – “Damn Yankees” closes at 46th Street Theater NYC after 1022 performances.

1957 – Montreal Canadian Maurice “Rocket” Richard, becomes the 1st NHLer to score 500 goals.

1960 – US imposes embargo on exports to Cuba.

1967 – Mariner 5 makes fly-by of Venus.

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

1975 – “A Chorus Line”, held record longest-running Broadway show (6,137 performances), premieres on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in New York.

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

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

1990 – “Dances with Wolves” directed by Kevin Costner and starring Kevin Costner and Mary McDonnell premieres in Washington, D.C.  (Academy Awards Best Picture 1991)

2015 – US scientists from University of California find evidence of life on earth may have begun 4.1 billion years ago, 300 million earlier than previously thought.

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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