19 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Nellie Melba, 1861
  • Lady Nancy Astor, 1879
  • Ho Chi Minh, 1890
  • Malcolm X (Little), 1925
  • Lorraine Hansberry, 1930
  • Jim Lehrer, 1934
  • David Hartman, 1935
  • Nora Ephron, 1941
  • Pete Townshend, 1945
  • Grace Jones, 1953
  • Rick Cerone, 1954
  • Kevin Garnett, 1976

Died On This Day:

  • Emperor Otto IV, 1218
  • Anne Boleyn beheaded, 1536
  • James Boswell, 1795
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1864
  • Jose Marti killed, 1895
  • William Gladstone, 1898
  • T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia) killed, 1935
  • Booth Tarkington, 1946
  • Charles Ives, 1954
  • Ogden Nash, 1971
  • Sir John Betjeman, 1984
  • Henry Morgan, 1994
  • Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, 1994
  • Morley Safer, 2016

Today's Events:

  • 1536 - Henry VIII has Anne Boleyn beheaded for adultery and will wed Jane Seymour on 30 May.
  • 1588 - Spanish Armada, mightiest fleet in world, sets sail from Lisbon bound for England and disaster.
  • 1749 - The Ohio Company granted charter by King George II to settle the Ohio Valley.
  • 1780 - Great mystery blackout-Sun disappears at noon in New England and parts of Canada.
  • 1802 - Order of the Legion d'Honneur created by Napoleon.
  • 1857 - William Channing and Moses Farmer of Mass. patent the magnetic electric fire alarm.
  • 1927 - Grauman's Chinese Theatre opens in Hollywood.
  • 1967 - U.S. and U.S.S.R. ban nuclear weapons in outer space.
  • 1977 - Kenya bans wildlife hunting.
  • 1977 - Orient Express taken out of service after 94 years.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Dunstan
  • Yves (or Ivo)
  • Celestine V

Holiday:

  • Victoria Day in Canada

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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