1817: Tom Taylor, British playwright whose play Our American Cousin was being performed at Ford's Theater when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. On the track of an assassin.
1833: Adam Lindsay Gordon, Australian poet.
1858: Alice Josephine McLellan Birney, child welfare worker whose ideas evolved into the PTA.
1895: Lewis Mumford, American writer, urban planner and social critic (The City in History).
1931: John Le Carré, English suspense and spy novelist.
October 19th in history
1848: John The Pathfinder Fremont moves out from near Westport, Missouri, on his fourth Western expedition--a failed attempt to open a trail across the Rocky Mountains along the 38th parallel.