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This Day in History for October 19 – ‘Black Monday’ Occurs and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1781 – British General Cornwallis surrenders to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, bringing an end to the last major battle of the American Revolution (More info)

1789 – Chief Justice John Jay is sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States (More info)

1982 – Maverick automobile executive John DeLorean is arrested in a California motel with a briefcase containing $24 million dollars worth of cocaine (More info)

1987 – The stock market crashes on what comes to be known as “Black Monday,” dropping a record 508 points, or 22.6 percent (More info)

2003 – Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II (More info)

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