On This Day In History, 19 October

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World Events Today

  • After serving less than 14 years in prison, the Guildford Four were released today in 1989, their convictions had been quashed during an appeal
  • Six years after her death, Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II today in 2003
  • The trial of Saddam Hussein, the deposed President of Iraq, started today in 2005, it ended in November 2006, he was sentenced to death

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Pomp and Circumstance Marches 1 and 2, by the English composer Sir Edward Elgar, premiered today in 1901 by the Liverpool Orchestral Society
  • The epic Western movie Dances with Wolves, directed, produced by and starring Kevin Costner, premiered today in 1990 at the Uptown Theater in Washington DC
  • The American singer Cher released her single Believe today in 1998, it went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide

Family Events Today

  • The English football manager Sam Allardyce, who quit as the manager of England after 67 days due to allegations of malpractice, was born today in 1954 in Dudley
  • The American boxer Evander Holyfield, the undisputed heavyweight champion in the early 1990s, was born today in 1962 in Alabama
  • The American singer-songwriter Sinitta, whose hits included So Macho and Toy Boy, was born today in 1968 in Seattle

Main Event Today

  • Black Monday struck the financial markets today in 1987, many stock markets across the world saw their largest single daily decline, in the United States the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 20%

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Seafood Bisque Day

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