Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unveiled his legislation to set the next federal election on Oct. 19, 2009. What attracted Harper to that date? Past history shows that Oct. 19 has a checkered legacy.
- In 1987, "Black Monday" erupted in stock markets worldwide, seeing record-breaking plummets of stock in Canada, the United States, Britain and Hong Kong.
- In 1939, the date marked the debut of the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, which revolves around a young earnest politician fighting the evil forces of big corruption and cynicism.
- It's also the birthday for spy novelist John LeCarré.