What happened on May 19? There are more than 255 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About May 19

May 19 In HistoryMay 19 is the 140th day of the year 2020. There are 226 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 21st week of the year 2020.

On this day in Manns Harbor, North Carolina 27953 sunrise occured at 05:54 AM and sunset occured at 08:05 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Taurus. The modern birthstone for this month is Emerald while the mystical birthstone is Sapphire.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 269 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For May 19

  • 1499
    Catherine of Aragon is married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales. Catherine is 13 and Arthur is 12.
  • 1535
    French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnacona’s two sons (whom Cartier had kidnapped during his first voyage).
  • 1536
    Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, is beheaded for adultery, treason, and incest.
  • 1568
    Queen Elizabeth I of England orders the arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • 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.
  • 1649
    An Act of Parliament declaring England a Commonwealth is passed by the Long Parliament. England would be a republic for the next eleven years.
  • 1749
    King George II of Great Britain grants the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: A Continental Army garrison surrenders in the Battle of The Cedars.
  • 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 A.M.
  • 1802
    Napoleon Bonaparte founds the Legion of Honour.
  • 1828
    U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828 into law, protecting wool manufacturers in the United States.
  • 1845
    Captain Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition depart from Greenhithe, England.
  • 1848
    Mexican-American War: Mexico ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo thus ending the war and ceding California, Nevada, Utah and parts of four other modern-day U.S. states to the United States for US$15 million.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ends.
  • 1897
    Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol Prison.
  • 1911
    Parks Canada, the world’s first national park service, is established as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior.
  • 1919
    Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating what is later termed the Turkish War of Independence.
  • 1921
    The U.S. Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act establishing national quotas on immigration.
  • 1922
    The Young Pioneer organization of the Soviet Union is established.
  • 1934
    Zveno and the Bulgarian Army engineer a coup d'état and install Kimon Georgiev as the new Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
  • 1943
    World War II: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt set Monday, May 1, 1944 as the date for the Normandy landings (“D-Day”). It would later be delayed over a month due to bad weather.
  • 1950
    A barge containing munitions destined for Pakistan explodes in the harbor at South Amboy, New Jersey, devastating the city.
  • 1959
    The North Vietnamese Army establishes Group 559, whose responsibility is to determine how to maintain supply lines to South Vietnam; the resulting route is the Ho Chi Minh trail.
  • 1961
    Venera program: Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to fly-by another planet by passing Venus (the probe had lost contact with Earth a month earlier and did not send back any data).
  • 1962
    A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of “Happy Birthday”.
  • 1971
    Mars probe program: Mars 2 is launched by the Soviet Union.
  • 1986
    The Firearm Owners Protection Act is signed into law by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
  • 1991
    Croatians vote for independence in a referendum.
  • 1997
    The Sierra Gorda Biosphere, the most ecologically diverse region in Mexico, is established as a result of grassroots efforts.
  • 2007
    President of Romania Traian Băsescu survives an impeachment referendum and returns to office from suspension.
  • 2010
    The Royal Thai Armed Forces concludes its crackdown on protests by forcing the surrender of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders.

Who Were Born On May 19?

  • 1593
    Jacob Jordaens, Flemish painter (d. 1678)
  • 1700
    José de Escandón, Spanish colonial governor (d. 1770)
  • 1724
    Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (d. 1779)
  • 1744
    Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, German-born wife of King George III of the United Kingdom (d. 1818)
  • 1762
    Johann Gottlieb Fichte, German philosopher (d. 1814)
  • 1773
    Arthur Aikin, English mineralogist (d. 1854)
  • 1795
    Johns Hopkins, American philanthropist (d. 1873)
  • 1797
    Maria Isabel of Portugal, Queen of Spain (d. 1818)
  • 1827
    Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour, French statesman (d. 1896)
  • 1861
    Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer (d. 1931)
  • 1870
    Albert Fish, American serial killer (d. 1936)
  • 1871
    Walter Russell, American polymath (d. 1963)
  • 1874
    Gilbert Laird Jessop, English cricketer (d. 1955)
  • 1879
    Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, American-born British politician (d. 1964)
  • 1880
    Sir Albert Richardson, English architect (d. 1964)
  • 1881
    Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1st President of Turkey (d. 1938)
  • 1882
    Mohammad Mosaddegh, Prime Minister of Iran (d. 1967)
  • 1890
    Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnamese leader (d. 1969)
  • 1891
    Oswald Boelcke, German World War I pilot (d. 1916)
  • 1897
    Frank Luke, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • 1898
    Julius Evola, Italian philosopher and esotericist (d. 1974)
  • 1906
    Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (d. 2007)
  • 1908
    Merriam Modell, American author (d. 1994)
  • 1908
    Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (d. 1982)
  • 1909
    Sir Nicholas Winton, British wartime humanitarian
  • 1910
    Alan Melville, South African cricketer, Wisden COY 1948, (d. 1983)
  • 1910
    Nathuram Godse, Indian assassin of Mahatma Gandhi (d. 1949)
  • 1914
    Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)
  • 1914
    Go Seigen, Japanese Go player
  • 1914
    Max Perutz, Austrian-born British molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
  • 1918
    Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist (d. 2000)
  • 1919
    Mitja Ribičič, Slovenian Communist politician, Prime Minister of Yugoslavia
  • 1921
    Daniel Gélin, French actor (d. 2002)
  • 1921
    Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (d. 1999)
  • 1921
    Yuri Kochiyama, American civil rights activist
  • 1922
    Joe Gilmore, Irish barkeep
  • 1924
    Sandy Wilson, British composer
  • 1925
    Guy Provost, French Canadian actor (d. 2004)
  • 1925
    Malcolm X, American civil rights activist (d. 1965)
  • 1925
    Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (d. 1998)
  • 1926
    Peter Zadek, German theatre director (d. 2009)
  • 1926
    Swami Kriyananda, Indian teacher and author
  • 1928
    Colin Chapman, British car designer (d. 1982)
  • 1928
    Dolph Schayes, American basketball player and coach
  • 1928
    Gil McDougald, American baseball player (d. 2010)
  • 1929
    John Stroger, American politician (d. 2008)
  • 1930
    Lorraine Hansberry, American playwright (d. 1965)
  • 1931
    Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)
  • 1931
    Eric Tappy, Swiss tenor
  • 1932
    Alma Cogan, English singer (d. 1966)
  • 1932
    Claude Blanchard, French Canadian comedian and actor (d. 2006)
  • 1932
    Paul Erdman, American economist and author (d. 2007)
  • 1934
    Bill Fitch, American basketball head coach
  • 1934
    Jim Lehrer, American television journalist
  • 1934
    Ruskin Bond, Indian author
  • 1935
    David Hartman, American actor and television personality
  • 1937
    Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1938
    Madge Hindle, English actress
  • 1938
    Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese politician (d. 1989)
  • 1939
    Francis Richard ‘Dick’Scobee, American astronaut (d. 1986)
  • 1939
    James Fox, English actor
  • 1939
    Livio Berruti, Italian athlete
  • 1939
    Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong actress
  • 1940
    Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
  • 1940
    Mickey Newbury, American musician (d. 2002)
  • 1941
    Bobby Burgess, American dancer and singer
  • 1941
    Nora Ephron, American screenwriter
  • 1942
    Gary Kildall, American computer programmer (d. 1994)
  • 1942
    Robert Kilroy-Silk, British politician and television presenter
  • 1944
    Peter Mayhew, British-American actor
  • 1945
    Pete Townshend, English guitarist (The Who)
  • 1946
    André the Giant, French professional wrestler (d. 1993)
  • 1946
    Claude Lelièvre, Belgian commissioner for children’s rights
  • 1947
    David Helfgott, Australian pianist
  • 1947
    Michele Placido, Italian actor and director
  • 1947
    Paul Brady, Northern Ireland singer/songwriter
  • 1948
    Grace Jones, Jamaican singer and actress
  • 1949
    Archie Manning, American football player
  • 1949
    Dusty Hill, American singer and bassist (ZZ Top)
  • 1951
    Dick Slater, American professional wrestler
  • 1951
    Joey Ramone, American vocalist and songwriter (The Ramones) (d. 2001)
  • 1952
    Bert van Marwijk, Dutch footballer
  • 1953
    Dawud M. Mu'Min, American convicted murderer (d. 1997)
  • 1953
    Shavarsh Karapetyan, Armenian finswimmer
  • 1953
    Victoria Wood, English comedian and actress
  • 1954
    Phil Rudd, Australian drummer (AC/DC)
  • 1954
    Rick Cerone, American baseball player
  • 1955
    James Gosling, Canadian computer programmer
  • 1956
    Martyn Ware, British musician and music producer
  • 1956
    Steven Ford, American actor
  • 1957
    Bill Laimbeer, American basketball player and coach
  • 1959
    Nicole Brown Simpson, American murder victim (d. 1994)
  • 1961
    Gregory Poirier, American screenwriter and director
  • 1963
    Filippo Galli, Italian footballer
  • 1963
    Yazz, English singer
  • 1964
    Lawrence Ng, Hong Kong actor
  • 1964
    Miloslav Mečíř, Slovakian tennis player
  • 1964
    Sean Whalen, American actor
  • 1965
    Boris, French singer
  • 1965
    Cecilia Bolocco, Chilean television presenter and 1987 Miss Universe
  • 1965
    Maile Flanagan, American actress
  • 1966
    Jodi Picoult, American writer
  • 1966
    Marc Bureau, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1966
    Polly Walker, English actress
  • 1966
    Sophia Crawford, English actress and martial artist
  • 1967
    Massimo Taccon, Italian painter and sculptor
  • 1968
    Kyle Eastwood, American jazz musician
  • 1970
    Choi Kyung-Ju, South Korean golfer
  • 1970
    Jason Gray-Stanford, Canadian actor
  • 1970
    Mario Dumont, Canadian politician
  • 1971
    Psicosis, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1971
    Ross Katz, American film producer
  • 1972
    Claudia Karvan, Australian actress
  • 1972
    Jenny Berggren, Swedish singer (Ace of Base)
  • 1973
    Dario Franchitti, Scottish race car driver
  • 1974
    Andrew Johns, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1975
    Delma Gonçalves, Brazilian footballer
  • 1975
    Jonas Renkse, Swedish musician
  • 1975
    Josh Paul, American baseball player
  • 1975
    London Fletcher, American football player
  • 1975
    Masanobu Ando, Japanese actor
  • 1976
    Ed Cota, American basketball player
  • 1976
    Kevin Garnett, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Brandon Inge, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Kelly Sheridan, Canadian voice actress
  • 1977
    Manuel Almunia, Spanish footballer
  • 1977
    Natalia Oreiro, Uruguayan singer and actress
  • 1978
    Kim Zolciak, American reality show star and singer
  • 1978
    Marcus Bent, English footballer
  • 1979
    Andrea Pirlo, Italian footballer
  • 1979
    Barbara Nedeljáková, Slovak actress
  • 1979
    Diego Forlán, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1980
    Drew Fuller, American actor and model
  • 1980
    Tony Hackworth, English footballer
  • 1981
    Bong Tae-gyu, South Korean actor
  • 1981
    Georges St. Pierre, Canadian mixed martial artist
  • 1981
    Luciano Figueroa, Argentine footballer
  • 1981
    Michael Leighton, Canadian hockey player
  • 1982
    Kevin Amankwaah, English footballer
  • 1982
    Pål Steffen Andresen, Norwegian footballer
  • 1983
    Eve Angel, Hungarian pornographic actress
  • 1983
    Jessica Fox, English actress
  • 1984
    Carla Lynch, British comedienne and model
  • 1984
    Marcedes Lewis, American football player
  • 1985
    Chris Loudon, Scottish darts player
  • 1986
    Eric Lloyd, American actor
  • 1986
    Mario Chalmers, American basketball player
  • 1987
    David Edgar, Canadian footballer
  • 1987
    Mariano Torres, Argentine footballer
  • 1988
    Lily Cole, English model and actress
  • 1989
    Jasmine, Japanese singer
  • 1991
    Jordan Pruitt, American singer
  • 1992
    Michele Camporese, Italian footballer

Who Died On May 19?

  • 804
    Alcuin, English monk and scholar (b. c.735)
  • 988
    Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 909)
  • 1102
    Stephen II, Count of Blois (b. c.1045)
  • 1125
    Vladimir Monomakh, Russian prince (b. 1053)
  • 1296
    Pope Celestine V (b. 1215)
  • 1319
    Louis d'Évreux, son of Philip III of France (b. 1276)
  • 1389
    Dmitry Donskoy, Grand Prince of Muscovy (b. 1350)
  • 1526
    Emperor Go-Kashiwabara of Japan (b. 1464)
  • 1531
    Jan Łaski, Polish statesman and diplomat (b. 1456)
  • 1536
    Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII of England (b. 1501 or 1507)
  • 1601
    Costanzo Porta, Italian composer (b. 1528 or 1529)
  • 1610
    Thomas Sanchez, Spanish theologian (b. 1550)
  • 1637
    Isaac Beeckman, Dutch scientist and philosopher (b. 1588)
  • 1715
    Charles Montagu, English poet and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1661)
  • 1786
    John Stanley, English composer (b. 1712)
  • 1795
    James Boswell, Scottish biographer (b. 1740)
  • 1795
    Josiah Bartlett, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1729)
  • 1798
    William Byron, 5th Baron Byron, English nobleman, and duelist (b. 1722)
  • 1821
    Camille Jordan, French politician (b. 1771)
  • 1825
    Claude Henri de Rouvroy, Comte de Saint-Simon, French political philosopher (b. 1760)
  • 1864
    Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author (b. 1804)
  • 1865
    Sengge Rinchen, Mongol Qing Dynasty field marshal (b. 1811)
  • 1876
    Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, Dutch politician (b. 1801)
  • 1885
    Peter W. Barlow, English engineer (b. 1809)
  • 1895
    José Martí, Cuban independence leader (b. 1853)
  • 1898
    William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1809)
  • 1901
    Marthinus Wessel Pretorius, first President of the South African Republic (b. 1819)
  • 1903
    Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricketer (b. 1856)
  • 1904
    Auguste Molinier, French historian (b. 1851)
  • 1907
    Benjamin Baker, English engineer (b. 1840)
  • 1912
    Bolesław Prus, Polish writer (b. 1847)
  • 1915
    John Simpson Kirkpatrick, stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)
  • 1918
    Raoul Lufbery, French-American World War I fighter pilot and flying ace (b. 1885)
  • 1935
    T. E. Lawrence, English soldier, known as Lawrence of Arabia (b. 1888)
  • 1940
    Diego Mazquiarán, Spanish matador (b. 1895)
  • 1943
    Kristjan Raud, Estonian painter (b. 1865)
  • 1945
    Philipp Bouhler, German Nazi leader (b. 1889)
  • 1946
    Booth Tarkington, American novelist (b. 1869)
  • 1954
    Charles Ives, American composer (b. 1874)
  • 1958
    Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (b. 1927)
  • 1958
    Ronald Colman, English actor (b. 1891)
  • 1963
    Walter Russell, American polymath (b. 1871)
  • 1965
    Tu'i Malila, the world’s oldest tortoise (b. circa 1777)
  • 1969
    Coleman Hawkins, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1901)
  • 1971
    Ogden Nash, American poet (b. 1902)
  • 1975
    Li Tobler, Swiss actress (b. 1948)
  • 1983
    Jean Rey, President of the European Commission (b. 1902)
  • 1984
    John Betjeman, English poet and Poet Laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1986
    Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
  • 1987
    James Tiptree, Jr, American author (b. 1915)
  • 1989
    C. L. R. James, West Indian writer and journalist (b. 1901)
  • 1994
    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, First Lady of the United States 1961-1963 (b. 1929)
  • 1994
    Luis Ocaña, Spanish cyclist (b. 1945)
  • 1998
    Sōsuke Uno, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1922)
  • 1999
    Candy Candido, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1999
    James Blades, English percussionist (b. 1901)
  • 2000
    Yevgeny Khrunov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1933)
  • 2001
    Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2002
    John Gorton, 19th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1911)
  • 2002
    Walter Lord, American writer (b. 1917)
  • 2003
    Camoflauge, American rapper (b. 1981)
  • 2004
    Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (b. 1907)
  • 2005
    Henry Corden, American actor and voice artist (b. 1921)
  • 2006
    Freddie Garrity, English vocalist (Freddie and the Dreamers) (b. 1940)
  • 2007
    Dean Eyre, New Zealand politician (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright (b. 1928)
  • 2009
    Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • 2009
    Nicholas Maw, British composer (b. 1935)
  • 2009
    Robert F. Furchgott, American chemist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2009
    Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)
  • 2011
    Garret FitzGerald, Irish politician and former Taoiseach (b. 1926)

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