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    What happened on May 19

    • May 19, 1506 Columbus selects his son Diego as sole heir

    • May 19, 1515 "George van Saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles"

    • May 19, 1517 Philip van Bourgondie installed as bishop of Utrecht

    • May 19, 1536 "Anne Boleyn, 2nd wife of King Henry VIII, is executed on false charges of adultery and incest"

    • May 19, 1547 Monarch Johan Frederik surrenders to Karel

    • May 19, 1568 Queen Elizabeth I of England has Mary Queen of Scots arrested.

    • May 19, 1571 Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi founded Manilla in the Phillipines

    • May 19, 1585 Spain confisquates English ships

    • May 19, 1588 "Spanish Armada sets sail for Lisbon, bound to England"

    • May 19, 1604 The town of Montreal is founded.

    • May 19, 1608 "Matthias von Habsburgs army reaches Lieben, at Prague"

    • May 19, 1643 Battle at Rocroi/Allersheim: French army destroys Spanish army

    • May 19, 1643 "Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut & New Harbor form United Colonies of New England"

    • May 19, 1643 "Thirty Years' War: French forces under the duc d'Enghien decisively defeat Spanish forces at the Battle of Rocroi, marking the symbolic end of Spain as a dominant land power."

    • May 19, 1649 An Act declaring England a Commonwealth is passed by the Long Parliament. England would be a republic for the next eleven years.

    • May 19, 1662 Uniformity Act of England goes into effect

    • May 19, 1749 George II grants charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley

    • May 19, 1749 King George II of Great Britain grants the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.

    • May 19, 1780 "About midday, near-total darkness descends on much of New England to this day its cause is still unexplained"

    • May 19, 1780 New England's Dark Day: A combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud cover causes complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 10:30 AM.

    • May 19, 1792 Russian army enters Poland

    • May 19, 1793 Netherlands captures French island of St Maarten (held until 1795)

    • May 19, 1796 Game protection law restricts encroachment on Indian hunting grounds

    • May 19, 1802 The Legion of Honor (L‚gion d'Honneur) created by Bonaparte gives him a tool comparable to the orders of knighthood so that he may avoid criticism of his government by keeping his courtiers busy with matters of etiquette and protocol

    • May 19, 1802 The Lgion d'Honneur is founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.

    • May 19, 1828 "U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828 into law, protecting wool manufacturers in the United States."

    • May 19, 1848 "M‚xico gives Texas to US, ending the war"

    • May 19, 1853 Dutch prince Henry marries princess Amalia of Saxony-Weimar

    • May 19, 1856 "Senator Charles Sumner, Massachusetts, spoke out against slavery"

    • May 19, 1857 William Francis Channing & Moses G Farmer patents electric fire alarm

    • May 19, 1862 Homestead Act becomes law provides cheap land for settlement of West

    • May 19, 1864 Last engagement in series of battles known as Spotsylvania

    • May 19, 1864 Skirmish at Cassville GA

    • May 19, 1878 Blanche Kelso Bruce appointed register of treasury by President Garfield

    • May 19, 1882 Commodore Shufeldt (USS Swatara) lands in Korea to negotiate first treaty between Korea and Western power

    • May 19, 1884 Ringling Brothers circus premieres

    • May 19, 1885 German chancellor Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon & Togoland

    • May 19, 1885 The first mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn MA)

    • May 19, 1891 "Rice Institute, which became Rice University, is chartered"

    • May 19, 1892 Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer

    • May 19, 1892 National Society of Colonial Dames of America founded

    • May 19, 1893 "Heavy rain washes ""quick clay"" into a deep valley, kills 111 (Norway)"

    • May 19, 1896 First automobile (Benz) to arrive in Netherlands

    • May 19, 1897 Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol.

    • May 19, 1898 Post Office authorizes use of postcards

    • May 19, 1902 Great Britain & Boers resume peace talks in Pretoria

    • May 19, 1905 Italian King Victor Emmanuel & Swiss President open world's longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) links Iselle Italy & Brig Switzerland

    • May 19, 1906 Federated Boys' Club (Boys' Club of America) organizes

    • May 19, 1906 Portugal's King Carlos I names Joao Franco premier

    • May 19, 1912 "American League president Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb's suspension, they will be banned from baseball"

    • May 19, 1912 Navy establishes North Atlantic Ice Patrol following RMS Titanic disaster

    • May 19, 1913 "Igor Stravinsky's ""Le Sacre du printemps"" premiers in Paris. The audience riots."

    • May 19, 1913 "Webb Alien Land-Holding Bill passes, forbidding Japs from owning land"

    • May 19, 1915 Australians repel major Turkish attack on their positions at Gallipoli

    • May 19, 1915 "Death on Gallipoli of Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick of ""Simpson and his donkey"" fame"

    • May 19, 1915 "Lance Corporal Albert Jacka, 14th Battalion, AIF, becomes the first Australian to win a Victoria Cross in World War One for his action at Gallipoli, Turkey"

    • May 19, 1916 Escadrille Am‚ricaine (Lafayette) transfered to Verdun

    • May 19, 1919 "Mustafa Kemal Atatrk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating what was later termed the Turkish War of Independence. The anniversary of this event is the official date of commemoration of the Pontic Greek Genocide in Greece and Cyprus."

    • May 19, 1921 "Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system"

    • May 19, 1921 The Emergency Quota Act passes the U.S. Congress establishing national quotas on immigration

    • May 19, 1922 Young Pioneer organization of the Soviet Union is established.

    • May 19, 1923 KPD (communist revolts) in German Ruhr cities occupied by Allies

    • May 19, 1928 """Firedamp"" explodes in Mather PA coal mine killing 195 of 273 miners"

    • May 19, 1928 "51 frogs enter first annual ""Frog Jumping Jubilee"" (Angel's Camp CA)"

    • May 19, 1929 Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium; 2 people crushed to death

    • May 19, 1929 General Feng Yu-Xiang of China declares war on Chiang Kai-Shek Government

    • May 19, 1930 White woman win voting rights in South-Africa

    • May 19, 1931 Ironclad cruiser Germany launched in Kiel

    • May 19, 1934 "Sherlock Holmes crossword puzzle in ""Saturday Review of Literature""; Males who solved puzzle become members of Baker Street Irregulars"

    • May 19, 1939 Churchill signs British-Russian anti-Nazi pact

    • May 19, 1940 Amsterdam time becomes MET (Middle European Time)

    • May 19, 1940 French counter attack at P‚ronne under General De Gaulle

    • May 19, 1940 "HMS WHITLEY, lost between Nieuport and Ostend, Belgium - damaged by German bombers and beached."

    • May 19, 1941 German occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis

    • May 19, 1941 "New Nazi battleship Bismarck leaves Gdynia, Poland"

    • May 19, 1943 "Berlin is declared ""Judenrien"" (free of Jews)"

    • May 19, 1943 Churchill pledges England's full support to US against Japan

    • May 19, 1944 240 gypsies transported to Auschwitz from Westerbork Netherlands

    • May 19, 1944 "Allied fleet shell Japanese positions at Sabang, north of Sumatra"

    • May 19, 1944 German defense line in Italy collapsed

    • May 19, 1945 Start of the first Victory Test Cricket between England & Australia Services

    • May 19, 1946 Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam

    • May 19, 1953 Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St George UT)

    • May 19, 1954 Postmaster General Summerfield approves CIA mail-opening project

    • May 19, 1957 Adone Zoli forms Italian Government

    • May 19, 1958 """South Pacific"" soundtrack album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks"

    • May 19, 1958 "Premiere of Harold Pinter's ""Birthday Party"" in London"

    • May 19, 1958 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)

    • May 19, 1959 Jan de Quay becomes premier of Netherlands

    • May 19, 1960 Alan Freed & eight other DJs accused of taking radio payola

    • May 19, 1960 Belgian parliament requires rest day for self employed

    • May 19, 1961 New pier opens in Scheveningen

    • May 19, 1962 """John Birch Society"" by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99"

    • May 19, 1962 "A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe's infamous rendition of Happy Birthday."

    • May 19, 1962 Indonesian paratroopers land in New Guinea

    • May 19, 1962 "Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner's National League hit record with 3,431"

    • May 19, 1964 US diplomats find at least 40 secret microphones in the Moscow embassy

    • May 19, 1965 "30th Naval Construction Regiment activated at Danang, Vietnam"

    • May 19, 1965 Patricia R Harris named first US black female ambassador (Luxembourg)

    • May 19, 1965 West Ham United wins 5th Europe Cup II

    • May 19, 1967 US bombs Hanoi

    • May 19, 1967 USSR ratifies treaty with England & US banning nuclear weapons in space

    • May 19, 1968 "20th Emmy Awards: Get Smart, Mission Impossible & Barbara Bain"

    • May 19, 1968 Pirate Radio Brumble of Northern England first heard

    • May 19, 1971 Mars probe program: Mars 2 is launched by the Soviet Union.

    • May 19, 1971 "USSR launches Mars 2, first spacecraft to crash land on Mars"

    • May 19, 1973 Number one hit on UK music charts - Wizzard - See My Baby Jive

    • May 19, 1974 Valeri Giscard d'Estaing wins French presidential election

    • May 19, 1975 "27th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Robert Blake & Jean Marsh"

    • May 19, 1975 "Farm truck packed with wedding party struck by a train, killing 66 in truck, 40 miles south of Poona India"

    • May 19, 1975 Junko Tabei is first woman to climb to the top of Mount Everest

    • May 19, 1976 Gold ownership legalized in Australia

    • May 19, 1976 Liverpool wins 5th UEFA Cup at Bridge

    • May 19, 1976 Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

    • May 19, 1977 """Smokey & the Bandit"" premieres"

    • May 19, 1977 """Star Wars"" opened in only 37 theaters nationwide; Lucas and company feared the worst, but it was an immediate hit."

    • May 19, 1979 """In The Navy"" by Village People hits #3"

    • May 19, 1979 Guitarist Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd

    • May 19, 1979 "The President announced he had instructed the U.S. Seventh Fleet to aid the Vietnamese ""boat people"" and assist them to safety"

    • May 19, 1980 Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash

    • May 19, 1982 IFK G”teborg wins 11th UEFA Cup at G”teborg

    • May 19, 1982 Sophia Loren jailed in Naples for tax evasion

    • May 19, 1983 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington DC

    • May 19, 1984 """King Of Suede"" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62"

    • May 19, 1988 "Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medell¡n drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US"

    • May 19, 1989 "Dow Jones average passes 2,500 mark for first time, closes at 2,501.1"

    • May 19, 1989 Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) last appearance on Dallas

    • May 19, 1991 Croatians vote for independence at their independence referendum.

    • May 19, 1991 Willy T Ribbs becomes first black driver to make Indianapolis 500

    • May 19, 1992 "27th Amendment ratified, prohibits Congress from raising its salary"

    • May 19, 1992 Amy Fisher shoots Mary Jo Buttafuoco in Massapequa Long Island New York

    • May 19, 1992 "Englishman Dave Gauder, 224 lbs, pulls 196 ton jumbo jet, 3 inches"

    • May 19, 1992 Ric Flair wins NWA wrestling title

    • May 19, 1993 "Boeing 727 crashes into mountain at Medell¡n Colombia, kills 132"

    • May 19, 1993 Juventus wins 22th UEFA Cup at Torino

    • May 19, 1994 Final Episode of LA Law after 8 year run

    • May 19, 1994 Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack

    • May 19, 1995 "World's youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, 17, graduates Mount Sinai"

    • May 19, 1996 "STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit"

    • May 19, 2008 Jewish Holiday - Second Passover - Work permitted







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