In 1781, Lord Charles Cornwallis's British troops surrendered at Yorktown, signaling an imminent victory for the Continental Army. In 1960, the U.S. imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba except for medical supplies and certain foods. In 1987, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, a then-record single-day decline. In 2003, Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II.
Auguste Lumière (1862-1954), inventor/filmmaker; Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown (1876-1945), baseball player; Charles Merrill (1885-1956), investment banker; Jack Anderson (1922-2005), columnist; John le Carré (1931- ), novelist; John Lithgow (1945- ), actor; Jennifer Holliday (1960- ), singer; Evander Holyfield (1962- ), boxer; Jon Favreau (1966- ), actor/filmmaker; Trey Parker (1969- ), TV producer/writer; Jason Reitman (1977- ), filmmaker; José Bautista (1980- ), baseball player; Gillian Jacobs (1982- ), actress
In 1957, Maurice "Rocket" Richard became the first NHL player to score 500 goals.
The Brothers Lumière declared their motion picture camera "an invention without any future."
"A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world." – John le Carré