November 19, 2023 at 9:26 a.m.
Today In History

Today In History – November 19

November 19 is the 323rd day of the year
Today in 1863 President Lincoln was asked to deliver a message at the dedication of the Gettysburg Civil War Cemetery on November 19, 1863. The featured speaker for the occasion was Edward Everett, a former dean of Harvard University, and one of the most famous orators of his day. He spoke for two hours. Then Lincoln delivered his message; it took two minutes.
Today in 1863 President Lincoln was asked to deliver a message at the dedication of the Gettysburg Civil War Cemetery on November 19, 1863. The featured speaker for the occasion was Edward Everett, a former dean of Harvard University, and one of the most famous orators of his day. He spoke for two hours. Then Lincoln delivered his message; it took two minutes.

There are many events that happened on this date in history. Here are just a few of them!

November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 42 days remain until the end of the year.

EVENTS

1493 – Christopher Columbus goes ashore on an island called Borinquen he first saw the day before. He names it San Juan Bautista (later renamed again Puerto Rico).

1794 – The United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain sign Jay's Treaty, which attempts to resolve some of the lingering problems left over from the American Revolutionary War.

1863 – American Civil War: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremony for the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

1916 – Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures.

1944 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces the sixth War Loan Drive, aimed at selling US$14 billion in war bonds to help pay for the war effort.

1950 – US General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes Supreme Commander of NATO-Europe.

1955 – National Review publishes its first issue.

1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean land at Oceanus Procellarum (the "Ocean of Storms") and become the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon.

1969 – Association football player Pelé scores his 1,000th goal.

1998 – Clinton–Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.

1999 – John Carpenter becomes the first person to win the top prize in the TV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

2004 – The worst brawl in NBA history results in several players being suspended. Several players and fans are charged with assault and battery.

BIRTHS

1600 – Charles I of England, Scotland, and Ireland (d. 1649)

1831 – James A. Garfield, American general, lawyer, and politician, 20th President of the United States (d. 1881)

1862 – Billy Sunday, American baseball player and evangelist (d. 1935)

1873 – Elizabeth McCombs, the first woman elected to the Parliament of New Zealand (d. 1935)

1889 – Clifton Webb, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1966)

1905 – Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist, composer and bandleader (d. 1956)

1910 – Adrian Conan Doyle, English race car driver, author, and explorer (d. 1970)

1919 – Alan Young, English-Canadian actor, singer, and director (d. 2016)

1920 – Gene Tierney, American actress and singer (d. 1991)

1921 – Roy Campanella, American baseball player and coach (d. 1993)

1926 – Jeane Kirkpatrick, American academic and diplomat, 16th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2006)

1933 – Larry King, American journalist and talk show host (d. 2021)

1936 – Dick Cavett, American actor and talk show host

1938 – Ted Turner, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Turner Broadcasting System

1942 – Calvin Klein, American fashion designer, founded Calvin Klein Inc.

1954 – Kathleen Quinlan, American actress

1956 – Glynnis O'Connor, American actress

1959 – Allison Janney, American actress

1961 – Meg Ryan, American actress and producer 

1962 – Jodie Foster, American actress, director, and producer

1963 – Terry Farrell, American actress

1966 – Jason Scott Lee, American actor and martial artist

1976 – Jack Dorsey, American businessman, co-founded Twitter

1986 – Jeannie Ortega, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress

DEATHS

496 – Pope Gelasius I

498 – Pope Anastasius II

1649 – Caspar Schoppe, German scholar and author (b. 1576)

1665 – Nicolas Poussin, French-Italian painter (b. 1594)

1703 – Man in the Iron Mask, French prisoner

1772 – William Nelson, American politician, Colonial Governor of Virginia (b. 1711)

1850 – Richard Mentor Johnson, American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 9th Vice President of the United States (b. 1780)

1887 – Emma Lazarus, American poet (b. 1849)

1897 – William Seymour Tyler, American historian and academic (b. 1810)

1918 – Joseph F. Smith, American religious leader, 6th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1838)

1988 – Christina Onassis, American-Greek businesswoman (b. 1950)

2014 – Jeremiah Coffey, Irish-Australian bishop (b. 1933)

2014 – Mike Nichols, German-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1931)

2017 – Charles Manson, American cult leader and mass murderer (b. 1934)

2017 – Warren "Pete" Moore, American singer-songwriter and record producer (b. 1938)

2017 – Della Reese, American singer and actress (b. 1931)

2017 – Mel Tillis, American singer and songwriter (b. 1932)

2022 – Jason David Frank, American actor and mixed martial artist (b. 1973)



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