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19th of May 1499 EVENT Catherine of Aragon is married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales. Catherine is 13 and Arthur is 12.
19th of May 1535 EVENT 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).
19th of May 1536 EVENT Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, is beheaded for adultery, treason, and incest.
19th of May 1568 EVENT Queen Elizabeth I of England orders the arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots.
19th of May 1643 EVENT 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.
19th of May 1649 EVENT An Act of Parliament declaring England a Commonwealth is passed by the Long Parliament. England would be a republic for the next eleven years.
19th of May 1749 EVENT King George II of Great Britain grants the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.
19th of May 1780 EVENT 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.
19th of May 1802 EVENT Napoleon Bonaparte founds the Legion d'Honneur.
19th of May 1828 EVENT U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828 into law, protecting wool manufacturers in the United States.
19th of May 1848 EVENT 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 $15 million USD.
19th of May 1864 EVENT American Civil War: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ends.
19th of May 1897 EVENT Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol.
19th of May 1911 EVENT Parks Canada, the world's first national park service, is established as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior.
19th of May 1919 EVENT Mustafa Kemal Ataturk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating what is later termed the Turkish War of Independence.
19th of May 1921 EVENT The U.S. Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act establishing national quotas on immigration.
19th of May 1922 EVENT The Young Pioneer organization of the Soviet Union is established.
19th of May 1934 EVENT Zveno and the Bulgarian Army engineer a coup d'etat and install Kimon Georgiev as the new Prime Minister.
19th of May 1943 EVENT 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.
19th of May 1950 EVENT A barge containing munitions destined for Pakistan explodes in the harbor at South Amboy, New Jersey, devastating the city.
19th of May 1959 EVENT 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.
19th of May 1961 EVENT 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).
19th of May 1962 EVENT 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.
19th of May 1971 EVENT Mars probe program: Mars 2 is launched by the Soviet Union.
19th of May 1991 EVENT Croatians vote for independence in a referendum.
19th of May 2010 EVENT The Royal Thai Armed Forces concludes its crackdown on protests by forcing the surrender of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders.
19th of May 1048 BIRTHDAY Omar Khayyam, Persian poet (d. 1131)
19th of May 1593 BIRTHDAY Jacob Jordaens, Flemish painter (d. 1678)
19th of May 1700 BIRTHDAY Jose de Escandon, Spanish colonial governor (d. 1770)
19th of May 1724 BIRTHDAY Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (d. 1779)
19th of May 1744 BIRTHDAY Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, German-born wife of King George III of the United Kingdom (d. 1818)
19th of May 1762 BIRTHDAY Johann Gottlieb Fichte, German philosopher (d. 1814)
19th of May 1773 BIRTHDAY Arthur Aikin, English mineralogist (d. 1854)
19th of May 1795 BIRTHDAY Johns Hopkins, American philanthropist (d. 1873)
19th of May 1797 BIRTHDAY Maria Isabel of Portugal, Queen of Spain (d. 1818)
19th of May 1827 BIRTHDAY Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour, French statesman (d. 1896)
19th of May 1861 BIRTHDAY Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer (d. 1931)
19th of May 1870 BIRTHDAY Albert Fish, American serial killer (d. 1936)
19th of May 1871 BIRTHDAY Walter Russell, American polymath (d. 1963)
19th of May 1874 BIRTHDAY Gilbert Laird Jessop, English cricketer (d. 1955)
19th of May 1879 BIRTHDAY Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, American-born British politician (d. 1964)
19th of May 1880 BIRTHDAY Sir Albert Richardson, English architect (d. 1964)
19th of May 1881 BIRTHDAY Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, 1st President of Turkey (d. 1938)
19th of May 1882 BIRTHDAY Mohammed Mosaddeq, Prime Minister of Iran (d. 1967)
19th of May 1890 BIRTHDAY Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese leader (d. 1969)
19th of May 1891 BIRTHDAY Oswald Boelcke, German World War I pilot (d. 1916)
19th of May 1897 BIRTHDAY Frank Luke, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
19th of May 1898 BIRTHDAY Julius Evola, Italian philosopher and esotericist (d. 1974)
19th of May 1906 BIRTHDAY Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (d. 2007)
19th of May 1908 BIRTHDAY Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (d. 1982)
19th of May 1908 BIRTHDAY Merriam Modell, American author (d. 1994)
19th of May 1909 BIRTHDAY Sir Nicholas Winton, British wartime humanitarian
19th of May 1910 BIRTHDAY Alan Melville, South African cricketer, Wisden COY 1948, (d. 1983)
19th of May 1910 BIRTHDAY Nathuram Godse, Indian assassin of Mahatma Gandhi (d. 1949)
19th of May 1914 BIRTHDAY Max Perutz, Austrian-born British molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
19th of May 1914 BIRTHDAY Go Seigen, Japanese Go player
19th of May 1914 BIRTHDAY Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)
19th of May 1918 BIRTHDAY Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist (d. 2000)
19th of May 1919 BIRTHDAY Mitja Ribicic, Slovenian Communist politician, Prime Minister of Yugoslavia
19th of May 1921 BIRTHDAY Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (d. 1999)
19th of May 1921 BIRTHDAY Yuri Kochiyama, American civil rights activist
19th of May 1921 BIRTHDAY Daniel Gelin, French actor (d. 2002)
19th of May 1922 BIRTHDAY Joe Gilmore, Irish barkeep
19th of May 1924 BIRTHDAY Sandy Wilson, British composer
19th of May 1925 BIRTHDAY Malcolm X, American civil rights activist (d. 1965)
19th of May 1925 BIRTHDAY Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (d. 1998)
19th of May 1925 BIRTHDAY Guy Provost, French Canadian actor (d. 2004)
19th of May 1926 BIRTHDAY Swami Kriyananda, Indian teacher and author
19th of May 1926 BIRTHDAY Peter Zadek, German theatre director (d. 2009)
19th of May 1928 BIRTHDAY Colin Chapman, British car designer (d. 1982)
19th of May 1928 BIRTHDAY Dolph Schayes, American basketball player and coach
19th of May 1928 BIRTHDAY Gil McDougald, American baseball player (d. 2010)
19th of May 1929 BIRTHDAY John Stroger, American politician (d. 2008)
19th of May 1930 BIRTHDAY Lorraine Hansberry, American playwright (d. 1965)
19th of May 1931 BIRTHDAY Eric Tappy, Swiss tenor
19th of May 1931 BIRTHDAY Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)
19th of May 1932 BIRTHDAY Alma Cogan, English singer (d. 1966)
19th of May 1932 BIRTHDAY Paul Erdman, American economist and author (d. 2007)
19th of May 1932 BIRTHDAY Claude Blanchard, French Canadian comedian and actor (d. 2006)
19th of May 1934 BIRTHDAY Ruskin Bond, Indian author
19th of May 1934 BIRTHDAY Jim Lehrer, American television journalist
19th of May 1934 BIRTHDAY Bill Fitch, American basketball head coach
19th of May 1935 BIRTHDAY David Hartman, American actor and television personality
19th of May 1937 BIRTHDAY Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
19th of May 1938 BIRTHDAY Moises da Costa Amaral, East Timorese politician (d. 1989)
19th of May 1938 BIRTHDAY Madge Hindle, English actress
19th of May 1939 BIRTHDAY James Fox, English actor
19th of May 1939 BIRTHDAY Livio Berruti, Italian athlete
19th of May 1939 BIRTHDAY Dick Scobee, American astronaut (d. 1986)
19th of May 1939 BIRTHDAY Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong actress
19th of May 1940 BIRTHDAY Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
19th of May 1940 BIRTHDAY Mickey Newbury, American musician (d. 2002)
19th of May 1941 BIRTHDAY Nora Ephron, American screenwriter
19th of May 1941 BIRTHDAY Bobby Burgess, American dancer and singer
19th of May 1942 BIRTHDAY Robert Kilroy-Silk, British politician and television presenter
19th of May 1942 BIRTHDAY Gary Kildall, American computer programmer (d. 1994)
19th of May 1944 BIRTHDAY Peter Mayhew, British-American actor
19th of May 1945 BIRTHDAY Pete Townshend, English guitarist (The Who)
19th of May 1946 BIRTHDAY Andre the Giant, French professional wrestler (d. 1993)
19th of May 1946 BIRTHDAY Claude Lelievre, Belgian commissioner for children's rights
19th of May 1947 BIRTHDAY David Helfgott, Australian pianist
19th of May 1947 BIRTHDAY Paul Brady, Northern Ireland singer/songwriter
19th of May 1947 BIRTHDAY Michele Placido, Italian actor and director
19th of May 1948 BIRTHDAY Grace Jones, Jamaican singer and actress
19th of May 1949 BIRTHDAY Dusty Hill, American singer and bassist (ZZ Top)
19th of May 1949 BIRTHDAY Archie Manning, American football player
19th of May 1951 BIRTHDAY Joey Ramone, American vocalist and songwriter (The Ramones) (d. 2001)
19th of May 1951 BIRTHDAY Dick Slater, American professional wrestler
19th of May 1952 BIRTHDAY Bert van Marwijk, Dutch footballer
19th of May 1953 BIRTHDAY Shavarsh Karapetyan, Armenian finswimmer
19th of May 1953 BIRTHDAY Dawud M. Mu'Min, American convicted murderer (d. 1997)
19th of May 1953 BIRTHDAY Victoria Wood, English comedian and actress
19th of May 1954 BIRTHDAY Phil Rudd, Australian drummer (AC/DC)
19th of May 1955 BIRTHDAY James Gosling, Canadian computer programmer
19th of May 1956 BIRTHDAY Martyn Ware, British musician and music producer
19th of May 1956 BIRTHDAY Steven Ford, American actor
19th of May 1957 BIRTHDAY Bill Laimbeer, American basketball player and coach
19th of May 1959 BIRTHDAY Nicole Brown Simpson, American murder victim (d. 1994)
19th of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Gregory Poirier, American screenwriter and director
19th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Filippo Galli, Italian footballer
19th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Yazz, English singer
19th of May 1964 BIRTHDAY Sean Whalen, American actor
19th of May 1964 BIRTHDAY Miloslav Mecir, Slovakian tennis player
19th of May 1964 BIRTHDAY Lawrence Ng, Hong Kong actor
19th of May 1965 BIRTHDAY Cecilia Bolocco, Chilean television presenter and 1987 Miss Universe
19th of May 1965 BIRTHDAY Maile Flanagan, American actress
19th of May 1965 BIRTHDAY Boris, French singer
19th of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Marc Bureau, Canadian ice hockey player
19th of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Sophia Crawford, English actress and martial artist
19th of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Jodi Picoult, American writer
19th of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Polly Walker, English actress
19th of May 1967 BIRTHDAY Massimo Taccon, Italian painter and sculptor
19th of May 1968 BIRTHDAY Kyle Eastwood, American jazz musician
19th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Choi Kyung-Ju, South Korean golfer
19th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Jason Gray-Stanford, Canadian actor
19th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Mario Dumont, Canadian politician
19th of May 1971 BIRTHDAY Psicosis, Mexican professional wrestler
19th of May 1971 BIRTHDAY Ross Katz, American film producer
19th of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Jenny Berggren, Swedish singer (Ace of Base)
19th of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Claudia Karvan, Australian actress
19th of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Dario Franchitti, Scottish race car driver
19th of May 1974 BIRTHDAY Andrew Johns, Australian rugby league footballer
19th of May 1975 BIRTHDAY Jonas Renkse, Swedish musician
19th of May 1975 BIRTHDAY Masanobu Ando, Japanese actor
19th of May 1975 BIRTHDAY Delma Goncalves, Brazilian footballer
19th of May 1975 BIRTHDAY Josh Paul, American baseball player
19th of May 1975 BIRTHDAY London Fletcher, American football player
19th of May 1976 BIRTHDAY Ed Cota, American basketball player
19th of May 1976 BIRTHDAY Kevin Garnett, American basketball player
19th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Natalia Oreiro, Uruguayan singer and actress
19th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Manuel Almunia, Spanish footballer
19th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Brandon Inge, American baseball player
19th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Kelly Sheridan, Canadian voice actress
19th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Kim Zolciak, American reality show star and singer
19th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Marcus Bent, English footballer
19th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Diego Forlan, Uruguayan footballer
19th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Barbara Nedeljakova, Slovak actress
19th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Andrea Pirlo, Italian footballer
19th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Tony Hackworth, English footballer
19th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Drew Fuller, American actor and model
19th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Bong Tae-gyu, South Korean actor
19th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Luciano Figueroa, Argentine footballer
19th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Michael Leighton, Canadian hockey player
19th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Georges St. Pierre, Canadian mixed martial artist
19th of May 1982 BIRTHDAY Kevin Amankwaah, English footballer
19th of May 1982 BIRTHDAY Pal Steffen Andresen, Norwegian footballer
19th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Eve Angel, Hungarian pornographic actress
19th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Jessica Fox, English actress
19th of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Carla Lynch, British comedienne and model
19th of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Marcedes Lewis, American football player
19th of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Chris Loudon, Scottish darts player
19th of May 1986 BIRTHDAY Mario Chalmers, American basketball player
19th of May 1986 BIRTHDAY Eric Lloyd, American actor
19th of May 1987 BIRTHDAY David Edgar, Canadian footballer
19th of May 1987 BIRTHDAY Mariano Torres, Argentine footballer
19th of May 1988 BIRTHDAY Lily Cole, English model and actress
19th of May 1989 BIRTHDAY Jasmine, Japanese singer
19th of May 1991 BIRTHDAY Jordan Pruitt, American singer
19th of May 1992 BIRTHDAY Michele Camporese, Italian footballer
19th of May 0804 DEATH Alcuin, English monk and scholar (Born c.735)
19th of May 0988 DEATH Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury (Born 909)
19th of May 1102 DEATH Stephen II, Count of Blois (Born c.1045)
19th of May 1125 DEATH Vladimir Monomakh, Russian prince (Born 1053)
19th of May 1296 DEATH Pope Celestine V (Born 1215)
19th of May 1319 DEATH Louis d'Evreux, son of Philip III of France (Born 1276)
19th of May 1389 DEATH Dmitri Donskoi, Grand Prince of Muscovy (Born 1350)
19th of May 1526 DEATH Emperor Go-Kashiwabara of Japan (Born 1464)
19th of May 1531 DEATH Jan ?aski, Polish statesman and diplomat (Born 1456)
19th of May 1536 DEATH Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII of England (Born 1501 or 1507)
19th of May 1601 DEATH Costanzo Porta, Italian composer (Born 1528 or 1529)
19th of May 1610 DEATH Thomas Sanchez, Spanish theologian (Born 1550)
19th of May 1637 DEATH Isaac Beeckman, Dutch scientist and philosopher (Born 1588)
19th of May 1715 DEATH Charles Montagu, English poet and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (Born 1661)
19th of May 1786 DEATH John Stanley, English composer (Born 1712)
19th of May 1795 DEATH Josiah Bartlett, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (Born 1729)
19th of May 1795 DEATH James Boswell, Scottish biographer (Born 1740)
19th of May 1798 DEATH William Byron, 5th Baron Byron, English nobleman, and duelist (Born 1722)
19th of May 1821 DEATH Camille Jordan, French politician (Born 1771)
19th of May 1825 DEATH Claude Henri de Rouvroy, Comte de Saint-Simon, French political philosopher (Born 1760)
19th of May 1864 DEATH Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author (Born 1804)
19th of May 1865 DEATH Sengge Rinchen, Mongol Qing Dynasty field marshal (Born 1811)
19th of May 1876 DEATH Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, Dutch politician (Born 1801)
19th of May 1885 DEATH Peter W. Barlow, English engineer (Born 1809)
19th of May 1895 DEATH Jose Marti, Cuban independence leader (Born 1853)
19th of May 1898 DEATH William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Born 1809)
19th of May 1903 DEATH Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricketer (Born 1856)
19th of May 1904 DEATH Auguste Molinier, French historian (Born 1851)
19th of May 1907 DEATH Benjamin Baker, English engineer (Born 1840)
19th of May 1912 DEATH Boles?aw Prus, Polish writer (Born 1847)
19th of May 1915 DEATH John Simpson Kirkpatrick, stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (Born 1892)
19th of May 1918 DEATH Raoul Lufbery, French-American World War I fighter pilot and flying ace (Born 1885)
19th of May 1935 DEATH T. E. Lawrence, English soldier, known as Lawrence of Arabia (Born 1888)
19th of May 1940 DEATH Diego Mazquiaran, Spanish matador (Born 1895)
19th of May 1943 DEATH Kristjan Raud, Estonian painter (Born 1865)
19th of May 1945 DEATH Philipp Bouhler, German Nazi leader (Born 1889)
19th of May 1946 DEATH Booth Tarkington, American novelist (Born 1869)
19th of May 1954 DEATH Charles Ives, American composer (Born 1874)
19th of May 1958 DEATH Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (Born 1927)
19th of May 1958 DEATH Ronald Colman, English actor (Born 1891)
19th of May 1963 DEATH Walter Russell, American polymath (Born 1871)
19th of May 1965 DEATH Tu'i Malila, the world's oldest tortoise (Born circa 1777)
19th of May 1969 DEATH Coleman Hawkins, American jazz saxophonist (Born 1901)
19th of May 1971 DEATH Ogden Nash, American poet (Born 1902)
19th of May 1975 DEATH Li Tobler, Swiss actress (Born 1948)
19th of May 1983 DEATH Jean Rey, President of the European Commission (Born 1902)
19th of May 1984 DEATH John Betjeman, English poet and Poet Laureate (Born 1906)
19th of May 1986 DEATH Jimmy Lyons, American musician (Born 1931)
19th of May 1987 DEATH James Tiptree, Jr, American author (Born 1915)
19th of May 1989 DEATH CLR James, West Indian writer and journalist (Born 1901)
19th of May 1994 DEATH Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, First Lady of the United States 1961-1963 (Born 1929)
19th of May 1994 DEATH Luis Ocana, Spanish cyclist (Born 1945)
19th of May 1998 DEATH Sosuke Uno, Prime Minister of Japan (Born 1922)
19th of May 1999 DEATH Candy Candido, American actor (Born 1913)
19th of May 1999 DEATH James Blades, English percussionist (Born 1901)
19th of May 2000 DEATH Yevgeny Khrunov, Soviet cosmonaut (Born 1933)
19th of May 2001 DEATH Susannah McCorkle, American singer (Born 1946)
19th of May 2002 DEATH John Gorton, 19th Prime Minister of Australia (Born 1911)
19th of May 2002 DEATH Walter Lord, American writer (Born 1917)
19th of May 2003 DEATH Camoflauge, American rapper (Born 1981)
19th of May 2004 DEATH Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (Born 1907)
19th of May 2005 DEATH Henry Corden, American actor and voice artist (Born 1921)
19th of May 2006 DEATH Freddie Garrity, English vocalist (Freddie and the Dreamers) (Born 1940)
19th of May 2007 DEATH Dean Eyre, New Zealand politician (Born 1914)
19th of May 2008 DEATH Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright (Born 1928)
19th of May 2009 DEATH Robert F. Furchgott, American chemist, Nobel Laureate (Born 1916)
19th of May 2009 DEATH Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Born 1954)
19th of May 2009 DEATH Nicholas Maw, British composer (Born 1935)
19th of May 2009 DEATH Herbert York, American physicist (Born 1921)