Saturday, November 19, 2011

This Day in History

1703 A masked man held prisoner in the Bastille in Paris died. His true identity was the cause of much intrigue, and his story became the basis of literary works by Fran├žois Voltaire and Alexandre Dumas.

* This man was imprisoned for 34 years and there are no records of who he was. At the time of his incarceration people were held for only short periods and were either released or put to death. But this man was moved from prison to prison, his identity carefully guarded. Because of that and King Louis XIV  intense interest in him, it is widely believed that he was a close relative of the King but which one no one knows.

1794 John Jay and Lord Grenville signed Jay's Treaty.
 
1863 Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the national cemetery on the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg, Pa.
1977 Egyptian president Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel.
1985 Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time in Geneva.
1990 Milli Vanilli's Grammy award was rescinded after it was discovered they didn't do their own singing.