What happened This day in History on October 19th

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UK 1954 Great Britain The Comet Jet Aicraft 19th October, 1954 : Following a number of crashes of the Comet aircraft it's certificate of airworthiness is withdrawn while an enquiry into why the crashes occured, the enquiry found the problems were most likely due to metal fatigue.
The Comet was the first commercial Jet airline that helped to change air travel and during the time the De Havilland Comet was grounded the American aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, took the lead in design and sales when it released its 707 passenger jet, which could carry almost twice as many passengers.

Australia 1927 Australia Aborigines Oct. 19th, 1927: Two tribes of native Aborigines are fighting a full scale war with only war paint, spears and no clothes in the bush only 100 miles from Perth Australia. It is not known why these tribes are fighting as the tribes do not generally use the same areas of bush for hunting due to the large areas available.

U.S. 1937 U.S.A. Airplane Crash Oct. 19th, 1937 : A mountaineer is the only person who has provided an eyewitness account to the worst airplane disaster in US history and has told how he saw the pilot of the United Airlines 21 passenger mainliner flying blind through a mountain blizzard snowstorm skimming pines before crashing into the side of the Uinta Mountains in Utah 80 miles south of Salt Lake City. All passengers and crew from the plane were killed instantly during the crash.

U.S. 1947 U.S.A. 40 cents Per Hour Oct. 19th, 1947 : The Federal Works administrator has said the minimum wage of 40 cents per hour is obsolete and should be changed to 75 cents per hour

Belgium 1958 Belgium World Trade Fair 19th October, 1958 : The world trade fair in Brussels in Belgium ended today after having attracted 42 million visitors in 6 months. Over 40 countries were represented and it has been the largest event of it's kind ever staged.

U.S. 1960 U.S.A. Embargo on Cuba Exports Oct. 19th, 1960 : The US Places an embargo on exports to Cuba.

U.S. 1960 U.S.A. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Oct. 19th, 1960 : Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested along with 50 other people for violating Georgia's newly enacted anti-trespass law after staging a sit-in protest at eight stores in downtown Atlanta.
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U.S. 1973 U.S.A. Watergate 19th October, 1973 : President Nixon refused to hand over Watergate Related Tapes to special prosecutor Archibold Cox but said he would prepare a summary of their contents. It is believed in many circles that if the special prosecutor refuses the summary President Nixon will fire him.
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U.S. 1978 U.S.A. Home Ownership Oct. 19th, 1978 : A new report released today shows the widely ranging costs of owning your own home in different parts of the country today.
The figures are based on Mortgage payments, Insurance payments, Utility payments and local taxes . These figures also take the cost of the average home in that area.
Atlanta $420
Baltimore $409
Chicago $429
Columbus $365
Denver $406
Detroit $389
Hartford $401
Houston $339
Los Angeles $567
Miami $443
Milwaukee $411
Morristown $343
New York $497
Philadelphia $393
Pittsburg $364
Portland Maine $347
Portland Oregon $376
Richmond $374
Rochester $399
St Louis $333
San Fransisco $614
Washington $578
The Average Cost of a home in 1978 was $54,800

U.S. 1982 U.S.A. John DeLorean Oct. 19th, 1982 : John DeLorean is arrested in an airport motel with a briefcase containing $24 million dollars worth of cocaine. He had headed up the DeLorean Motor Company and built one of the coolest looking sports cars with gull wing doors, The company received large subsidies provided by the British government because he set up a factory in Northern Ireland, but the car had a number of technical problems and less than 10,000 were produced which are now highly collectable

Grenada 1983 Grenada Maurice Bishop 19th October, 1983 : The Prime Minister of Grenada Maurice Bishop is executed during a military coup d'├ętat led by Bernard Coard. Following the coup d'├ętat a four-day total curfew was put in place in which anyone seen outside their home would be subject to summary execution.

1986 Mozambique Samora Machel Oct. 19th, 1986 : The President of Mozambique Samora Machel and 33 others die when their plane crashes into the Lebombo Mountains.

U.S. 1987 U.S.A. Dow Jones Oct. 19th, 1987 : The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 22 percent dropping to 1739 making it the 2nd largest percentage drop in history in a single day, This was known as "Black Monday" and signaled other markets around the world to drop during October by 20 percent. Many believed that some of the automatic computerized sell programmes used by large financial institutions may have contributed to the fall as they are triggered automatically when certain events / figures occur in the markets and after this date more safeguards were put in place to stop a similar thing happening in the future.

U.S. 1988 U.S.A. Children's TV Ads Oct. 19th, 1988 : A bill passed by the senate limits the number of ads that can be shown during children's TV programs.

UK 1989 England Guildford Four 19th October, 1989 : The Guildford Four were released after the British government admitted the group was wrongly convicted of the Provisional IRA's Guildford pub bombing 15 years earlier in 1974

U.S. 1991 U.S.A. Fire California Oct. 19th, 1991 : A fire in the hills of Oakland, California burning thousands of homes and killing 25 people.

UK 1998 Great Britain Chilean Dictator Arrested Oct. 19th, 1998: Former Chilean Dictator was arrested today by British Police responding to a Spanish Extradition Warrant issued for the murder, detention and torture of Spanish Citizens while he was the dictator in Chile.

Indonesia 2001 Indonesia 353 Asylum Seekers Drown 19th October, 2001 : The Indonesian Suspected Illegal Entry fishing boat carrying 400 asylum seekers sinks in international waters en-route from Bandar Lampung ( Sumatra ) to Christmas Island with the loss of 146 children, 142 women and 65 men .

Pakistan 2007 Pakistan Islamist groups Attack Bhutto convoy in assassination attempt Oct. 19th, 2007 : A major attack on the former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto motorcade in Karachi leaves more than 100 supporters dead, but the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is unhurt. Accusations are made that the current government leadership and intelligence agencies who were going to lose power were behind the attack

United States 2007 United States Oil Prices Retreat Oct. 19th, 2007 : After increases in Oil prices reach an all time high of $90.07 record, there are signs that the pressure on oil may decrease as the price decreases to $88.60 a barrel. Oil prices have quadrupled since 2002 when they were under $30.00 a barrel. ( Update October 2010 )current price of oil is approx $82.00

United States 2008 United States Presidential Election 19th October, 2008 : With just over two weeks till the 2008 presidential election US presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama are trading arguments over dissagreements on how to handle the current economic breakdown. Barack Obama is currently leading in the polls. The vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin appears on Saturday Night Live with Tina Fey, who has caricatured Mrs Palin as an incoherent air-headed flirt.

World 2008 World World Economy Oct. 19th, 2008 : A global economic summit to discuss the global financial crisis will be held in the US after November's presidential election . Many are predicting a world wide recession in 2009.
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United States 2011 United States Android version 4.0 code named Ice Cream Sandwich unveiled Oct. 19th, 2011 : Google unveils Android version 4.0 code named Ice Cream Sandwich running on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus mobile phone

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2012 United States Hybrid Battery Inventor Dies

Oct. 19th, 2012 : Stanford Ovshinsky, the man who invented the battery that is now used in hybrid cars, died at the age of eighty-nine after suffering from prostate cancer. Ovshinsky was a self-taught physicist that had over two hundred patents.

2013 Belgium Plane Crash Kills Ten

19th October, 2013 : A small plane carrying tourists crashed and killed ten people near the city of Namur in Belgium. The plane was carrying skydivers and crashed soon after taking off, killing all on board.