May 19 Events in History - May 19 Birthdays - May 19 Deaths
2015 Prince Charles shakes hands with Gerry Adams, president of the Sinn Fein party, which was formerly part of the militant Irish Republican Army; Prince Charles is the first member of the British royal family to meet him
2014 The United Nations and the European Union have sent workers, equipment and supplies to Serbia and Bosnia in the wake of massive floods that have resulted in at least 36 deaths and a large number homeless after destruction of homes and farms
2013 At the annual Billboard Music Awards, Taylor Swift wins top album, top artist, and 6 other awards
2013 A rare 19th century torpedo is discovered off the coast of California by the US Navy dolphins
2012 Richard Dawkins, an atheist, ethologist and evolutionary biologist, approves of British education secretary Michael Gove's plan of sending free King James Bibles to every state school
2012 Robert Spitzer, a retired American psychiatrist, claims his 2001 study was 'fatally flawed'; the study falsely supported the myth that gay people could be 'cured'
2011 Japan's economy officially enters a recession, partially due to financial strain caused by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
2011 Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye is placed under house arrest, after vowing to continue protests against the rising cost of living
2010 Buildings across Bangkok are set on fire by red shirt protesters after the military stormed a protest camp in the center of the city
2005 Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars III) is released
1996 STS-77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit
1995 Emmy 22nd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 15th time
1995 World's youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, 17, graduates Mount Sinai
1994 Final Episode of LA Law after 8 year run
1994 Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack
1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati (18), checks into a drug rehab center
1993 Boeing 727 crashes into mountain at Medellin Colombia, kills 132
1993 Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for 1st time (3,500.03)
1993 Juventus wins 22th UEFA Cup at Torino
1992 27th Amendment ratified, prohibits Congress from raising its salary
1992 Amy Fisher shoots Mary Jo Buttafuoco in Massapequa LI
1992 Englishman Dave Gauder, 224 lbs, pulls 196 ton jumbo jet, 3 inches
1992 Ric Flair wins NWA wrestling title
1992 Dan Quayle sites Murphy Brown as a poor example of family values
1991 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" closes at Shubert New York City after 225 performances
1991 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Centel Golf Classic
1991 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Centel Senior Golf Challenge
1991 Willy T. Ribbs becomes 1st black driver to make Indianapolis 500
1990 116th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Summer Squall wins in 1:53.6
1990 General Elvis, TV Drama last airs on ABC
1989 Dow Jones Avg passes 2,500 mark for 1st time, closes at 2,501.1
1989 Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) last appearance on Dallas
1988 Red Sox retire Bobby Doerr's #1
1988 Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US
1987 1st American Comedy Award
1986 Anti-apartheid activist Helene Pastoors sentenced to 10 years in South Africa
1985 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
1984 "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62
1984 110th Preakness: Angel Cordero, Jr. aboard Gate Dancer wins in 1:53.6
1984 STS-41-D vehicle moves to launch pad
1984 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat New York Islanders, 4 games to 1
1984 Pat LaFontaine scores 2 goals within 22 sec in an NHL playoff game
1983 NASA launches Intelsat V
1983 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington D.C.
1982 IFK Goteborg wins 11th UEFA Cup at Goteborg
1982 Sophia Loren jailed in Naples for tax evasion
1981 Pirate Jim Bibby gives up a leadoff single to Brave Terry Harper, then retires next 27 batters
1980 "Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 104 performances
1980 Ringo and Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash
1979 "In The Navy" by Village People hits #3
1979 105th Preakness: Ron Franklin aboard Spectacular Bid wins in 1:54.2
1979 Guitarist Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd
1977 "Smokey and the Bandit," premieres
1976 Gold ownership legalized in Australia
1976 Liverpool wins 5th UEFA Cup at Bridge
1976 Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
1976 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1975 27th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Robert Blake and Jean Marsh
1975 Farm truck packed with wedding party struck by a train, killing 66 in truck, 40 miles south of Poona, India
1975 Junko Tabei is 1st woman to climb to the top of Mount Everest
1974 Joanne Carner Golf Invitational wins LPGA Bluegrass
1974 Stanley Cup: Philadelphia Flyers beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
1974 Valeri Giscard d'Estaing wins French presidential election
1973 "Daisy" A Day by Jud Strunk hits #14
1973 "Smith" opens at Eden Theater New York City for 17 performances
1973 99th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:54.4
1972 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1972 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
1971 U.S.S.R. launches Mars 2, 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars
1968 20th Emmy Awards: Get Smart, Mission Impossible and Barbara Bain
1968 Frank Howard fails to homer, after hitting 10 in 6 consecutive games
1967 U.S. bombs Hanoi
1967 U.S.S.R. ratifies treaty with England and U.S. banning nuclear weapons in space
1965 Patricia R. Harris named 1st U.S. black female ambassador (Luxembourg)
1965 West Ham United wins 5th Europe Cup II
1964 U.S. diplomats find at least 40 secret microphones in Moscow embassy
1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
1962 "Bravo, Giovanni" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 76 performances
1962 "John Birch Society," by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99
1962 88th Preakness: John Rotz aboard Greek Money wins in 1:56.2
1962 Indonesian paratroopers land in New Guinea
1962 Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner's NL hit record with 3,431
1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
1961 New pier opens in Scheveningen
1960 Alan Freed and eight other DJ accused of taking radio payola
1960 Belgian parliament requires rest day for self employed
1960 USAF Major Robert M. White takes X-15 to 33,222 m
1959 Jan de Quay becomes premier of Netherlands
1958 Premiere of Harold Pinter's "Birthday Party," in London
1958 South Pacific soundtrack album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 31 weeks
1958 U.S. and Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
1957 Adone Zoli forms Italian government
1956 82nd Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Fabius wins in 1:58.4
1956 Pirate Dale Long hits 9th-inning home run, 1st home run in 8 straight games
1955 Atkinson and Depeiaza make 347 stand for 7th wkt WI vs. Australia
1954 Postmaster General Summerfield approves CIA mail-opening project
1953 Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St. George, Utah)
1951 77th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4
1951 U.N. begins counter offensive in Korea
1950 New York Times reports of worlds smallest and dumbest mechanical brain
1946 Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam
1945 Start of the 1st Victory Test Cricket between England and Australia Services
1944 240 gypsies transported to Auschwitz from Westerbork, Netherlands
1944 German defense line in Italy collapsed
1943 Berlin is declared "Judenrien" (free of Jews)
1943 Churchill pledges England's full support to U.S. against Japan
1942 Braves Paul Waner is 3rd NLer to get 3,000 hits (Anson and Wagner)
1941 Germany occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis
1941 New nazi battleship Bismarck leaves Gdynia, Poland
1940 Amsterdam time becomes MET (Middle European Time)
1940 French counter attack at Peronne under General De Gaulle
1939 Churchill signs British-Russian anti-nazi pact
1937 John Murray/Allen Boretz' "Room Service," premieres in New York City
1935 NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936
1934 Military coup by Col Damian Veltsjev in Bulgaria
1934 Sherlock Holmes crossword puzzle in "Sat Review of Lit" Males who solved puzzle became members of Baker Street Irregulars
1931 Ironclad cruiser Germany launched in Kiel
1930 White woman win voting rights in South Africa
1929 Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium crushes 2 people to death
1929 General Feng Yu-Xiang of China declares war on Chiang Kai-Shek government
1928 "Firedamp" explodes in Mather Pennsylvania coal mine killing 195 of 273 miners
1928 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp, Cal)
1928 Explosion in coal mine in Mather, Pennsylvania, 195 die
1926 French air force bombs Damascus, Syria
1923 49th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Zev wins in 2:05.4
1923 KPD (communist revolts) in German Ruhr cities occupied by Allies
1921 Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system
1918 Washington 1st Sunday game, Senators beat Cleveland 1-0 in 18 innings
1916 Escadrille Americaine (Lafayette) transfered to Verdun
1913 Webb Alien Land-Holding Bill passes, forbidding Japanese from owning land
1912 AL President Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb's suspension, they will be banned from baseball
1911 Maurice Ravels opera "L'Heure Espagnole," premieres in Paris
1911 Philadelphia Athletics are 12 games back in AL, and will win World Series
1909 Jack Johnson fights Jack O'Brien to no decision in 6 for boxing title
1906 Federated Boys' Club (Boys' Club of America) organizes
1906 Italian King Victor Emmanuel and Swiss president open Simplon tunnel
1906 Portugal's King Carlos I names Joao Franco premier
1905 Tom Jenkins beats Frank Gotcha for heavyweight wrestling champ
1902 Great Britain and Boers resume peace talks in Pretoria
1900 Great Britain annexes Tonga archipelago
1900 World's longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) links Italy and Switzerland, opens
1898 Post Office authorizes use of postcards
1896 1st auto (Benz) to arrive in Netherlands
1893 Heavy rain wash "quick clay" into a deep valley, kills 111 (Norway)
1892 Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer
1892 National Society of Colonial Dames of America founded
1891 Rice Institute, which became Rice University, is chartered
1886 Camille Saint-Saens' 3rd Symphony in C, premieres
1885 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)
1885 German chancellor Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon and Togoland
1885 Jan Matzeliger begins 1st mass production of shoes
1884 Ringling Brothers circus premieres
1878 Blanche Kelso Bruce appointed register of treasury by President Garfield
1865 President Jefferson Davis is captured by Union Cavalry in Georgia
1864 Battle of Port Walthall Junction, Virginia (Bermuda Hundred)
1864 Last engagement in series of battles known as Spotsylvania
1864 Skirmish at Cassville Georgia
1863 Siege of Vicksburg, investment of city complete
1862 Homestead Act becomes law provides cheap land for settlement of West
1857 William Francis Channing and Moses G Farmer patents electric fire alarm
1856 Senator Charles Sumner, Massachusetts, spoke out against slavery
1853 Dutch prince Henry marries princess Amalia of Saxony-Weimar
1848 1st department store opens
1848 Mexico gives Texas to U.S., ending the war
1802 French Order of Legion d'Honneur forms
1796 Game protection law restricts encroachment on Indian hunting grounds
1793 Netherlands captures French island of St. Maarten (held until 1795)
1792 Russian army enters Poland
1780 About midday, near-total darkness descends on much of New England to this day it's cause is still unexplained
1749 George II grants charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley
1662 Uniformity Act of England goes into effect
1652 Spanish troops occupy Grevelingen
1643 Battle at Rocroi/Allersheim: French army destroys Spanish army
1643 Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form United Colonies of New England
1635 France declares war on Spain
1608 Matthias von Habsburgs army reaches Lieben, at Prague
1588 Spanish Armada sets sail for Lisbon, bound to England
1585 Spain confisquates English ships
1571 Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi founded Manilla in the Phillipines
1568 English queen Elizabeth I arrests Scottish queen Mary
1547 Monarch Johan Frederik surrenders to Karel
1517 Philip van Bourgondie installed as bishop of Utrecht
1515 George van Saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles
1506 Columbus selects his son Diego as sole heir
715 St. Gregory II begins his reign as Catholic Pope