Daily Calendar for October 20th, 2019

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1630s

  • Born 1632: Sir Christopher Wren (architect)

1800s

  • 1803: The town clock in Halifax, Nova Scotia, began keeping time

  • 1803: Louisiana Purchase ratified by U.S. Senate

1810s

  • 1818: 49th parallel determined as western U.S/Canadian border

1850s

  • Born 1859: John Dewey (philosopher)

1860s

  • 1860: Last day of Prince of Wales’s North American tour, Portland, Maine

1870s

  • Born 1874: Charles Ives (composer)

1880s

  • 1884: Canadian newspaper La Presse debuted

1890s

  • Born 1890: Jelly Roll Morton (jazz musician)

  • Died 1890: Sir Richard Burton (explorer)

1900s

  • Born 1907: Arlene Francis (actress)

1910s

  • 1910: The first cork-centered baseball, invented by Benjamin Shibe, was used in the World Series in Chicago

  • Born 1913: Grandpa Jones (country music performer)

1920s

  • Born 1925: Art Buchwald (journalist)

  • Born 1927: Dr. Joyce Brothers (psychologist)

1930s

  • Born 1931: Mickey Mantle (baseball player)

  • Born 1932: Michael McClure (poet)

  • Born 1935: Jerry Orbach (actor)

  • 1939: Laurel and Hardy's The Flying Deuces debuted

1950s

  • Born 1950: Tom Petty (musician; Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)

  • Born 1953: Keith Hernandez (baseball player)

  • Born 1958: Viggo Mortensen (actor)

1960s

  • Died 1964: Herbert Hoover (31st U.S. president)

  • 1968: Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis

1970s

  • 1972: John Bardeen became the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in the same field. He received the awards in 1956 and 1972 for his theory of superconductivity and development of electronic transistors

  • 1977: A plane carrying the group Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in Mississippi

1990s

  • 1991: Oakland/Berkeley firestorm began in California

2000s

  • 2004: The Boston Red Sox made baseball history by becoming the first baseball team to lose the first three games of a best-of-seven series, then come back with four victories to win it

  • 2004: ABC-TV pulled the plug on Miss America, leaving the famous beauty pageant without a network television sponsor for the first time in 50 years

  • Died 2006: Jane Wyatt (actress)

2010s

  • Died 2014: Oscar de la Renta (fashion designer)

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