19 November 1864
On this date in 1864…
Federal troops stole and destroyed over a half million dollars of private property as they occupied Clinton, Georgia.
- 1870 – Private James Anderson, Company M, Sixth Cavalry, earned the Medal of Honor on the Wichita River in Texas for his actions in the pursuit and subsequent fight with a group of hostiles.
- 1949 – Fourteen-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis made his first public, singing at the opening of a Ford dealership in his home town of Ferriday, Louisiana.
- 1979 – Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros signed a four-year contract for $4.5 million. At the time, Ryan was the highest paid player in major league baseball.
- 1984 – 20-year-old Dwight Gooden of Tampa, Florida playing for the New York Mets, became the youngest major-league pitcher to be named Rookie of the Year in the National League.
- 1998 – The impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Bill Clinton began.
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