Today is Oct. 19.
The American Revolution was, in effect, won on this day in 1781 when Britain's Lord Cornwallis surrendered with more than 7,000 troops to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, Va. There were no more major battles, but the provisional peace treaty wasn't signed until Nov. 30, 1782 and the final Treaty of Paris on Sept. 3, 1783.
It was on this date in 1812 that Napoleon's beaten French army began its long retreat from Moscow. Napoleon had roared into Russia with a huge force at his command but by the time they reached what was then a burning and deserted Moscow, his men were starving and the brutal Russian winter was at hand. Their hasty retreat turned into a costly disaster.
Carmaker John DeLorean was arrested in Los Angeles on this date in 1982 and charged in a $24 million cocaine scheme aimed at salvaging his bankrupt sports car company in Northern Ireland. He was tried and acquitted. Today, DeLorean's stainless steel, gullwing-door sports cars are a hot commodity at auto shows.
Lots of people lost their shirts --- and more --- on this date in 1987, when the New York stock market suffered its biggest ever setback, with the bellwether Dow Jones Industrial Average nose-diving 508 points in one session.
And it was on this date in 1993 that Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto --- the first female leader of a Muslim nation -- was re-elected prime minister.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.