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Thursday, October 19, 2000


They have given us their deaths, let us give them their meaning, their meaning of peace and freedom, of reconciliation and love, of service, endurance and hope.

U.S. President Bill Clinton, in a speech at a memorial service for the 17 slain sailors of the USS Cole at the Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia.


today's events

  • The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the October 12 attack in Yemen on the USS Cole.
  • A parade and various activities are scheduled for Yorktown, Virginia, to highlight Yorktown Day. The event commemorates the end of the Revolutionary War, and the victory that secured America's independence from England.
  • Today is known as Evaluate Your Life Day. The day is aimed at encouraging people to examine their lives to determine if they are accomplishing their goals.

on the horizon

  • On Friday, October 20, the annual convention and general aviation exhibit of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is scheduled for Long Beach, California. The event is to conclude on October 22.
  • On Saturday, October 21, Arts Festival XVII is scheduled for Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada. The event is to include various performances, readings by Canadian authors and art exhibits.
  • On Sunday, October 22, the 26.2-mile (42-km) Lasalle Banks Chicago Marathon, rated as one of the fastest marathons in the world, is scheduled for Chicago, Illinois.
  • On Monday, October 23, Chulalongkorn Day will be observed in Thailand; the nation commemorates the death of King Chulalongkorn the Great who died in 1910.
  • On Tuesday, October 24, Zambia celebrates Independence Day, commemorating its independence from Britain in 1964.


Learn more about Yorktown, Virginia, click here.


  • Boxer Evander Holyfield is 38.
  • Actor John Lithgow is 55.
  • Actress LaWanda Page is 80.
  • Journalist Jack Anderson is 78.

on this day

  • In 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered to American Gen. George Washington at Yorktown in Virginia, signaling the end of the American Revolution.
  • In 1813, Napoleon was defeated by the Allies at the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig.
  • In 1915, Italy and Russia declared war on Bulgaria.
  • In 1960, the U.S. State Department embargoed the shipment to Cuba of all goods except medicine and food.
  • In 1983, the U.S. Senate passed a bill making the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a public holiday.
  • In 1987, "Black Monday" occurred when Wall Street stocks plunged a record 508 points, or 22.6 percent. The loss topped the one-day declines of October 28 and 29 in 1929, which heralded the Great Depression.
  • In 1990, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev won parliamentary approval for a plan to switch from old-style Communist central planning to a market economy.
  • In 1994, a suspected Muslim suicide bomber blew up a bus in the heart of Tel Aviv, Israel killing 22 people and wounding more than 40.


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