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October 19th

1781 Britain's Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered with more than 7,000 troops to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, Va., effectively ending the American War of Independence.
1812 Napoleon's beaten French army began its long, disastrous retreat from Moscow.
1982 Carmaker John DeLorean was arrested in Los Angeles and charged in a $24 million cocaine scheme aimed at salvaging his bankrupt sports car company. He was tried and acquitted.
1987 The New York stock market suffered its biggest setback, with the bellwether Dow Jones industrial average nose diving 508 points in one session.
1993 A U.N. oil-and-arms embargo against Haiti was reinstated in an effort to return the exiled Jean-Bertrand Aristide as president of Haiti.
1994 More than 20 people were killed in the terrorist bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv, Israel. Islamic militants claimed responsibility.
2000 Independent counsel Robert Ray said in his final report about the White House travel office scandal dubbed Travelgate that first lady Hillary Clinton gave factually false sworn testimony. But, he said, there was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges.
2003 Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa before hundreds of thousands of pilgrims packed into St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, the last formal step to sainthood.
2005 A defiant Saddam Hussein pleaded innocent as he went on trial in Baghdad on charges of murder and torture during his reign as president of Iraq. The initial session, with the former dictator questioning the court's legitimacy and scuffling with guards, lasted three hours before the judge ordered an adjournment.
2006 Courts-martial were ordered for four U.S. soldiers accused of raping a teenage Iraqi girl and killing her and her family in a town south of Baghdad.
2007 Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said she was warned of an assassination plot by four groups against he, but chose to return home anyway. An attack upon her arrival in Karachi killed a reported 139 people and injured hundreds of others.
2008 Two weeks before the national election, Colin Powell, a Republican and former secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration, gave his endorsement to Democrat Barack Obama, whom he referred to as a transformational figure.
2008 Taliban insurgents pulled 30 men from a bus in Afghanistan and beheaded them, authorities reported. A Taliban spokesman said they were members of the Afghan army but the Afghan government said they were civilians looking for work.
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