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MILESTONES: October 19 birthdays for Evander Holyfield, Trey Parker, Rebecca Ferguson

October 19, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” author John le Carre, who was born in 1931; “Harry Potter” star Michael Gambon, who was born in 1940; “Rock Your Baby” singer George McCrae, who was born in 1944; “3rd Rock from the Sun” star John Lithgow, who was born in 1945; political activist Grover Norquist, who was born in 1956; Tony winner Jennifer Holliday, who was born in 1960; former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, who was born in 1962; “The Mandalorian” creator Jon Favreau, who was born in 1966; “South Park” co-creator Trey Parker, who was born in 1969; former “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Kattan, who was born in 1970; “Community” star Gillian Jacobs, who was born in 1982; and “Doctor Sleep” star Rebecca Ferguson, who was born in 1983. 

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THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: The surrender of Yorktown took place on this day in 1781. More than 7,000 English and Hessian troops, led by British General Charles Cornwallis, surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Va., effectively ending the war between Britain and its American colonies. There were no more major battles, but the provisional treaty of peace was not signed until Nov. 30, 1782. The final Treaty of Paris was signed on Sept. 3, 1783.

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CLIMB EV’RY MOUNTAIN: Annie S. Peck was born on this day in 1850. The world-renowned mountain climber won an international following in 1895 when she climbed the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. Peck climbed the Peruvian peak Huascaran (21,812 feet), giving her the record for the highest peak climbed in the Western Hemisphere by an American man or woman, and at age 61 she climbed Mount Coropuna (21,250 feet) in Peru and placed a “Votes for Women” banner at its pinnacle. She died in 1935.

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Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.

 

Quotable:

 

“Men cannot improve a society by setting fire to it; they must seek out its old virtues, and bring them back into the light.”

— political theorist Russell Kirk, who was born on this day in 1918.


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