Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
May 19th

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715*Gregory (later Pope St. Gregory II) is consecrated Pope.Ref: 69
1515 George van Saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles.Ref: 5
1517*Philip van Bourgondie installed as bishop of Utrecht.Ref: 5
1554*Elizabeth is released from the Tower to Woodstock. 
1568*Defeated by the Protestants, Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England where Queen Elizabeth imprisons her.Ref: 2
1571 Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi founded Manilla in the Phillipines.Ref: 5
1608*The Protestant states form the Evangelical Union of Lutherans and Calvinists.Ref: 2
1643*New England Confederation formed of colonies of Massachusetts Bay, New Haven and Plymouth. (XDG, p 4A, 5/19/2001)Ref: 83
1662*Uniformity Act of England goes into effect.Ref: 5
1662*England's King Charles II approved a bill requiring all ministers to assent publicly to the Anglican "Book of Common Prayer."Ref: 5
1749*George II grants charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley.Ref: 5
1780*About midday, near-total darkness descends on much of New England to this day its cause is still unexplained.Ref: 5
1796*The British put a tax on dogs.Ref: 62
1796*The first US game law was approved. The measure called for penalties for folks hunting or destroying game within Indian territory.Ref: 4
1796*Game protection law restricts encroachment on Indian hunting grounds.Ref: 5
1802*Napoleon creates the Order of the Legion of Honor.Ref: 5
1841*Byron, a small village in the northwest corner of Bath Township (in Greene County, Ohio) was recorded by William Sensiman as 7.38 acres divided into 25 lots, 50 by 194½ feet, in a rown along the north side of the road between Yellow Springs and Dayton (Ohio). (XDG, p 8A, 1/30/2003)Ref: 83
1846*Donner Party: The party joins a large wagon train captained by William Russell, which is camped on Indian Creek about 100 miles west of Independence.Ref: 28
1847*The first English-style railroad coach was placed in service on the Fall River Line in Massachusetts.Ref: 4
1849*Attempted assassination of Queen Victoria by William Hamilton.Ref: 62
1853*Dutch prince Henry marries princess Amalia of Saxony-Weimar.Ref: 5
1856*Senator Charles Sumner, Massachusetts, spoke out against slavery.Ref: 5
1878*Blanche Kelso Bruce appointed register of treasury by President Garfield.Ref: 5
1885 German chancellor Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon & Togoland.Ref: 5
1891*Rice Institute, which became Rice University, is chartered.Ref: 5
1892*National Society of Colonial Dames of America founded.Ref: 5
1895 Oscar Wilde released from Pentonville PrisonRef: 62
1896*First auto (Benz) to arrive in Netherlands.Ref: 5
1898*Post Office authorizes use of postcards.Ref: 5
1900*Great Britain annexes Tonga archipelago.Ref: 5
1905*Italian King Victor Emmanuel & Swiss President open world's longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) links Iselle Italy & Brig Switzerland.Ref: 5
1906*The Federated Boys' Clubs, forerunner of the Boys' Clubs of America is organized.Ref: 5
1906*Portugal's King Carlos I names Joao Franco premier.Ref: 5
1909*First performance of Diaghilev's Ballet russeRef: 89
1911*The first person to commit a crime and be convicted through the use of fingerprints turned out to be Caesar Cella. He had been 'thumbed' in NY City.Ref: 4
1913*Webb Alien Land-Holding Bill passes, forbidding Japs from owning land.Ref: 5
1920*The Battle of Matewan. Despite efforts by police chief (and former miner) Sid Hatfield and Mayor C. Testerman to protect miners from interference in their union drive in Matewan, West Virginia, Baldwin-Felts detectives hired by the local mining company and thirteen of the company's managers arrived to evict miners and their families from the Stone Mountain Mine camp. A gun battle ensued, resulting in the deaths of 7 detectives, Mayor Testerman, and 2 miners. Baldwin-Felts detectives assasinated Sid Hatfield 15 months later, sparking off an armed rebellion of 10,000 West Virginia coal miners at "The Battle of Blair Mountain," dubbed "the largest insurrection this country has had since the Civil War" by The Battle of Matewan Home Page.Ref: 59
1921*Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act, which establishes national quotas for immigrants.Ref: 70
1930*White woman win voting rights in South-Africa.Ref: 5
1931 Ironclad cruiser Germany launched in Kiel.Ref: 5
1932*US Congressman Claude Fuller introduced a resolution that required all Civil Service employees to "sing, write or recite the words to the Star-Spangled Banner" by memory.Ref: 4
1934*Military coup by Colonel Damian Veltsjev in Bulgaria.Ref: 5
1939*Churchill signs British-Russian anti-Nazi pact.Ref: 5
1940 Amsterdam time becomes MET (Middle European Time).Ref: 5
1942*Oppenheimer writes Lawrence that the atomic bomb problem was solved in principle and that six good physicists should have the details mostly worked out in six months. His optimism is based on the belief that gun assembly would suffice for both uranium and plutonium.Ref: 91
1943*Nazis declare Berlin to be Judenfrei (cleansed of Jews).Ref: 35
1946 Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam.Ref: 5
1953*Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St George UT).Ref: 5
1954*Postmaster General Summerfield approves CIA mail-opening project.Ref: 5
1957*Adone Zoli forms Italian Government.Ref: 5
1958*The United States and Canada formally established the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).Ref: 5
1959*Jan de Quay becomes premier of Netherlands.Ref: 5
1960*Belgian parliament requires rest day for self employed.Ref: 5
1960*USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 33,222mph.Ref: 5
1961 New pier opens in Scheveningen.Ref: 5
1962*US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric).Ref: 5
1964*The State Department disclosed that 40 hidden microphones had been found in the US embassy in Moscow.Ref: 70
1965*Patricia R Harris named first US black female ambassador (Luxembourg).Ref: 5
1967*The Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States and Britain banning nuclear weapons from outer space.Ref: 70
1972*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1974*Valeri Giscard d'Estaing wins French presidential election.Ref: 5
1976*Gold ownership legalized in Australia.Ref: 5
1976*Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.Ref: 5
1976*USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1977*Orient Express taken out of service after 94 years.Ref: 10
1977 Kenya bans wildlife hunting.Ref: 10
1984*110th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Gate Dancer wins in 1:53.6.Ref: 5
1986*Anti-apartheid activist Hélène Pastoors sentenced to 10 years in South Africa.Ref: 5
1988*Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medellín drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US.Ref: 5
1989*Dow Jones average passes 2,500 mark for first time, closes at 2,501.1.Ref: 5
1992*The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting Congress from giving itself mid-term pay raises, went into effect.Ref: 70
1992*(Long Island) In Massapequa, NY, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot and seriously wounded by her husband Joey's teen-age lover, Amy Fisher.Ref: 70
1993*Millions of pagers nationwide stopped working when a communications satellite, the Galaxy 4, suddenly lost track of earth. (XDG, p 4A, 5/19/2003)Ref: 83
1993*Bandits stole three of Rome's most important paintings, two by Van Gogh and one by Cezanne, from the National Gallery of Modern Art. The paintings were recovered two month later by police. (XDG, p 4A, 5/19/2003)Ref: 83
1993*Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for first time (3,500.03).Ref: 5
1993*The White House set off a political storm by abruptly firing the entire staff of its travel office; five of the seven staffers were later reinstated and assigned to other duties.Ref: 70
1995*World's youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, 17, graduates Mount Sinai.Ref: 5
1998*Johnston, RI. Two boys are suspended from school in after being accused of writing and handing out threatening notes to classmates. The notes said things such as, "All your friends are dead." The boys are ordered to remain out of school until they have been evaluated to determine whether they are dangerous.Ref 
1999*Duma approves Sergei Stepashin as new Prime MinisterRef: 89
2002*Boston Cardinal Bernard Law said in a letter distributed to parishes that he did not become aware of sexual abuse allegations against the Rev Paul Shanley until 1993. (XDG, p 4A, 5/19/2003)Ref: 83
2003*Whitney Davis, a special needs teacher at Cox Elementary School in Xenia OH wins the 2003 Wal-Mart 2003 Teacher of the Year Award. (XDG, p 1, 5/19/2003)Ref: 83
2003*WorldCom Incorporated agreed to pay investors $500 million to settle civil fraud charges.Ref: 70
2161*Syzygy: 8 of 9 planets aligned on same side of sun.Ref: 5
1506*Columbus selects his son Diego as sole heir.Ref: 5
1535*French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail for North America.Ref: 2
1857*William F. Channing and Moses G. Farmer patented the electric fire alarm system in Boston, MA: the first city to adopt the system.Ref: 4
1885*First mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn MA).Ref: 5
1892*Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer.Ref: 5
1926*Thomas Edison spoke at a dinner for the National Electric Light Association in Atlantic City, NJ.Ref: 4
1950*New York Times reports of world's smallest & dumbest mechanical brain.Ref: 5
1971*USSR launches Mars 2, first spacecraft to crash land on Mars.Ref: 5
1983*NASA launches Intelsat V.Ref: 5
1984*STS 41-D vehicle moves to launch pad.Ref: 5
1996*STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit.Ref: 5
1547 Monarch Johan Frederik surrenders to Karel.Ref: 5
1585*Spain confiscates English ships.Ref: 5
1588 Spanish Armada sets sail from Lisbon, bound to England.Ref: 5
1608 Matthias von Habsburgs army reaches Lieben, at Prague.Ref: 5
1635*Cardinal Richelieu of France intervenes in the great conflict in Europe by declaring war on the Hapsburgs in Spain.Ref: 2
1643 Battle at Rocroi/Allersheim: French army destroys Spanish army.Ref: 5
1652 Spanish troops occupy Grevelingen.Ref: 5
1793 Netherlands captures French island of St Maarten (held until 1795).Ref: 5
1863*Union General Ulysses S. Grant's first attack on Vicksburg is repulsed.Ref: 2
1864*Battle of Port Walthall Junction VA (Bermuda Hundred).Ref: 5
1864*Skirmish at Cassville GA.Ref: 5
1864*The Union and Confederate armies launch their last attacks against each other at Spotsylvania, Virginia.Ref: 2
1902*Great Britain & Boers resume peace talks in Pretoria.Ref: 5
1916*Britain and France conclude the Sykes-Picot Agreement. 
1916*Escadrille Américaine (Lafayette) transfered to Verdun.Ref: 5
1917*Nicaragua breaks with Germany.Ref: 38
1923 KPD (communist revolts) in German Ruhr cities occupied by Allies.Ref: 5
1926*French air force bombs Damascus Syria.Ref: 5
1929 General Feng Yu-Xiang of China declares war on Chiang Kai-Shek Government.Ref: 5
1940*French counter attack at Péronne under General De Gaulle.Ref: 5
1941*German occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis.Ref: 5
1941*New Nazi battleship Bismarck leaves Gdynia, Poland.Ref: 5
1943*In an address to the US Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged his country's full support in the war against Japan. (XDG, p 4A, 5/19/2003)Ref: 83
1944*240 gypsies transported to Auschwitz from Westerbork Netherlands.Ref: 5
1944*German defense line in Italy collapsed.Ref: 5
1951*UN begins counter offensive in Korea.Ref: 5
1962 Indonesian paratroopers land in New Guinea.Ref: 5
1967*U.S. planes bomb Hanoi for the first time.Ref: 2
2003*A Sea Knight helicopter crashes into a canal in Iraq, killing 4 marines. A Black Hawk helicopter crashes in central Iraq killing 6 solders. (WSJ, p A4, 7/23/2003)Ref: 33
1905 Tom Jenkins beats Frank Gotcha for heavyweight wrestling champion.Ref: 5
1909*Jack Johnson fights Jack O'Brien to no decision in 6 for boxing title.Ref: 5
1910*Cleveland Indian Cy Young gets his 500th win, beats Washington 5-4 in 11 innings.Ref: 5
1911*Philadelphia Athletics are 12½ games back in American League, & win the World Series.Ref: 5
1912*American League president Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb's suspension, they will be banned from baseball.Ref: 5
1918*Washington's first Sunday game, Senators beat Cleveland 1-0 in 18 innings.Ref: 5
1923*49th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Zev wins in 2:05.4.Ref: 5
1928*51 frogs enter first annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp CA).Ref: 5
1928*54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4.Ref: 5
1933*For the first time in major league history, brothers on opposite teams homer in the same game. Red Sox catcher Rick Ferrell takes his brother Wes deep, but the Indian righty returns the favor as he homers in the third on a pitch called by his sibling.Ref: 1
1935*NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936.Ref: 5
1942*Atlanta Braves' Paul Waner is 3rd National Leaguer to get 3,000 hits (Anson & Wagner).Ref: 5
1944*Garey Ingram of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 12
1951*77th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4.Ref: 5
1952*Yoshiro Shirai defeated flyweight champion Dado Marino in Tokyo to become Japan's first world-boxing champ.Ref: 4
1954*Phillies' owner Bob Carpenter apologizes to second baseman Granny Hamner for having him followed by a detective. He suspected his players were not ready to play mentally or physically (the team is one game-behind from first place).Ref: 1
1956*Pirates' first baseman Dale Long's ninth inning home run against the Cubs is the first of a string of eight consecutive games in which he will homer.Ref: 1
1956*82nd Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Fabius wins in 1:58.4.Ref: 5
1960*Juan Marichal debuts as San Fransisco Giant pitcher, beats Phillies on 1 hitter.Ref: 5
1962*As a pinch hitter, Cardinal Stan Musial singles for his 3,516th career hit placing him into second place on the all-time list behind Ty Cobb.Ref: 1
1962*Bob Tillman of the Boston Red Sox hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 12
1962*Cassius Clay KOs Billy Daniels in the 7th round in the St. Nicholas Arena NYC.Ref: 96
1962*88th Preakness: John Rotz aboard Greek Money wins in 1:56.2.Ref: 5
1963*Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open.Ref: 5
1968*At Tiger stadium, Earl Wilson stops Senator Frank Howard's home run streak. The 'Capital Punisher' had hit 10 homers in the previous six games.Ref: 1
1973*Secretariat won the second jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown by capturing the 99th Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, MD. The famed horse later went on to win the Belmont Stakes in NY to earn the Triple Crown with jockey Ron Turcotte as the rider.Ref: 4
1974*Joanne Carner Golf Invitational wins LPGA Bluegrass.Ref: 5
1974*Stanley Cup: Philadelphia Flyers beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2.Ref: 5
1975 Junko Tabei is first woman to climb to the top of Mount Everest.Ref: 5
1979*After a bitter six-week strike, the major league umpires return to work. During the work stoppage, the men in blue were replaced by amateur arbiters.Ref: 1
1979*105th Preakness: Ron Franklin aboard Spectacular Bid wins in 1:54.2.Ref: 5
1981*After giving up a single to leadoff hitter Terry Harper, Pirate hurler Jim Bibby retires the next 27 Braves en route to a 5-0 one-hitter.Ref: 1
1984*The Edmonton Oilers defeated the NY Islanders by a 5-2 score to win the Stanley Cup. The win by the Oilers ended the Ranger's domination of the National Hockey League the previous four seasons.Ref: 4
1984*Pat LaFontaine scores 2 goals within 22 seconds in an NHL playoff game.Ref: 5
1985*Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1988*The Boston Red Sox retire Bobby Doerr's uniform #1.Ref: 5
1990*116th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Summer Squall wins in 1:53.6.Ref: 5
1991*Pat Bradley wins LPGA Centel Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1991*Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Centel Senior Golf Challenge.Ref: 5
1992 Englishman Dave Gauder, 224 lbs, pulls 196 ton jumbo jet, 3 inches.Ref: 5
1992 Ric Flair wins NWA wrestling title.Ref: 5
1993*With the team record at 13-25, Dallas Green replaces Jeff Torberg as the Mets manager.Ref: 1
1994*Tennis star Jennifer Capriati (18), checks into a drug rehab center.Ref: 5
1998*For the second time this season and fourth time in his career Mark McGwire hits three homers in a game. 'Big Mac' becomes the 12th player to hit two three-homer games in a season as he smacks three two-run round trippers against the Phillies.Ref: 1
2000*In the park's last year, Jason Kendall became the first Pirate to hit for the cycle in Three Rivers Stadium. The Pittsburgh backstop has a two-run homer in the first, a single in the second, a double in the third and a two-run triple in the eighth to join Giant Jeff Kent (1999) as the only player to accomplish the feat in the stadium's 31-year history.Ref: 1
2000*American boxer Mike Tyson's lawyer said that his client is determined to clear his name following allegations that the boxer hit a stripper in a Las Vegas nightclub. The dancer, Victoria Bianco, has filed a report on the alleged incident with local police who are now investigating her claim, according to the BBC reports on Friday. Bianco claims the former world heavyweight champion punched her in the chest and hurled expletives at her in a club where she was working as a topless dancer. Police were called to the scene, but after interviewing witnesses, including Tyson himself, they decided not to press charges.Ref: 98
2001*Reversing their original decision, major league baseball's official statistician, The Elias Sports Bureau, will now list Randy Johnson's 20 strikeouts as tying a record. Although the game went extra innings, the Big Unit's nine-inning performance will be noted along with the Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood 20K outings in the 2002 record book.Ref: 1
2002*Cub first baseman Fred McGriff's two-run homer at Miller Park ties Ellis Burks' record of homering in 40 different major league parks. The 'Crime Dog's' eighth inning blast knots the score 3-3 in an eventual 4-3, 11-inning victory over the Brewers snapping Chicago's nine-game losing streak.Ref: 1
1884 Ringling Brothers circus premieres.Ref: 5
1885*The complete Old and New Testament English Revised Version (EV or ERV) of the Bible was first published in England. After a promised 20-year wait, U.S. scholars on the ERV committee published an "Americanized" edition in 1905, known afterward as the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Bible.Ref: 5
1886*Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Symphony in C, premieres.Ref: 5
1911 Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres in Paris France.Ref: 5
1912 The Associated Advertising Clubs of America held its first convention -- in Dallas, TX. The organization is a truth and fair practices group.Ref: 4
1921*The first opera presented in its entirety over the radio was broadcast by 9ZAF in Denver, CO. The opera, "Martha", aired from the Denver Auditorium.Ref: 4
1927 Grauman's Chinese Theater opened. It featured ushers in Mandarin robes brought from China and silk wall hangings painted by future actor Key Luke.Ref: 73
1934 Sherlock Holmes crossword puzzle in "Saturday Review of Literature"; Males who solved puzzle become members of Baker Street Irregulars.Ref: 5
1937*John Murray/Allen Boretz' "Room Service" premieres in NYC.Ref: 5
1941*The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra backed the popular singing duo of Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell as Decca record number 3859 turned out to be Time Was -- a classic.Ref: 4
1958*Bobby Darin's single, Splish Splash, was released as the first eight-track master recording pressed to a plastic 45 RPM disc.Ref: 4
1958*"South Pacific" soundtrack album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks.Ref: 5
1958 Premiere of Harold Pinter's "Birthday Party" in London.Ref: 5
1960*Alan Freed & eight other DJs accused of taking radio payola.Ref: 5
1962*"Bravo, Giovanni" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances.Ref: 5
1962*Actress Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday" for President John F. Kennedy during a fund-raiser at New York's Madison Square Garden.Ref: 70
1962*"John Birch Society" by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99.Ref: 5
1965*Roger Miller received a gold record for the hit, King of the Road. The song was Miller's biggest hit record. It got to number four (3/20/65) on the pop charts and stayed on for 12 weeks. It was a number one country music hit (3/27/65) as well. Miller, a country singer, humorist, guitarist and composer from Fort Worth, TX and raised in OK, went to Nashville, TN in the mid-1950s to begin a songwriting career. He wrote songs and played drums for Faron Young in 1962, then won what was an unprecedented six Grammy Awards in 1965, had his own TV show in 1966; wrote Little Green Apples, a huge hit for O.C. Smith and had five tunes in the top ten in 1968.Ref: 4
1966*Country music came to New York’s Carnegie Hall this night. Eddy Arnold debuted with an array of popular country artists in the Big Apple.Ref: 4
1968*Piano stylist and vocalist Bobby Short gained national attention as he presented a concert with Mabel Mercer at New York’s Town Hall. He had been the featured artist at the intimate Hotel Carlisle for years.Ref: 4
1968*20th Emmy Awards: Get Smart, Mission Impossible & Barbara Bain.Ref: 5
1971*"Godspell" first opened at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City. The musical by Stephen Schwartz is based on the New Testament Gospel of Matthew, and is still produced by secular and religious theater groups today.Ref: 5
1973*Stevie Wonder moved to the number one position on the Billboard pop music chart with You are the Sunshine of My Life. It was the third number one song for Wonder, following earlier successes with Fingertips - Pt 2 (8/10/63) and Superstition (1/27/73). He would have seven more number one hits between 1973 and 1987: You Haven’t Done Nothin’, I Wish, Sir Duke, Ebony & Ivory (with Paul McCartney), I Just Called to Say I Love You, Part-Time Lover and That’s What Friends are For.Ref: 4
1973*"Smith" opens at Eden Theater NYC for 17 performances.Ref: 5
1973*"Daisy" A Day by Jud Strunk hits #14.Ref: 5
1975*27th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Robert Blake & Jean Marsh.Ref: 5
1977 "Smokey & the Bandit" premieres.Ref: 5
1979*"In The Navy" by Village People hits #3.Ref: 5
1979*Guitarist Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd.Ref: 5
1980*"Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances.Ref: 5
1980*Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash.Ref: 5
1982*Sophia Loren jailed in Naples for tax evasion.Ref: 5
1983 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington DC.Ref: 5
1984*"King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62.Ref: 5
1987*First American Comedy Award.Ref: 5
1989*Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) last appearance on Dallas.Ref: 5
1990*"General Elvis", TV Drama last airs on ABC.Ref: 5
1991*"Buddy The Buddy Holly Story" closes at Shubert NYC after 225 performances.Ref: 5
1991*Willy T Ribbs becomes first black driver to make Indpls 500.Ref: 5
1992*Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown" because the title character chose to have a child out of wedlock.Ref: 70
1994*Final Episode of LA Law after 8 year run.Ref: 5
1994*Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack.Ref: 5
1995*Emmy's 22nd Daytime Award presentation Susan Lucci loses for 15th time.Ref: 5
1469*Giovanni della Robbia Italian sculptor, is born.Ref: 5
1593*Jacob Jordaens, Belgian artist; painted scenes of peasant life, is born.Ref: 70
1611*Innocent XI [Benedetto Odescalchi] Italy, 240th Roman Catholic Pope (1676-89), is born in Como Italy.Ref: 69
1616*Johann Jacob Froberger German singer/organist/composer, is born.Ref: 5
1746*Johann Friedrich Peter composer, is born.Ref: 5
1755*Gabriele Prota composer, is born.Ref: 5
1762*Johann G Fichte, German philosopher (Wissenschaftslehre), is born.Ref: 5
1769*Pope Clement XIV is elected to the papacy.Ref: 69
1770*Antoine-Charles Glachant composer, is born.Ref: 5
1795*Johns Hopkins, American merchant; endowed Johns Hopkins University and hospital, is born.Ref: 70
1795*James Boswell author: biographer: Life of Samuel Johnson; dies.Ref: 4
1800*Sarah Peale portrait artist; died Feb 4, 1885Ref: 4
1808*Samuel Jameson Gholson Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1883, is born.Ref: 5
1812*Felix Kirk Zollicoffer Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1862, is born.Ref: 5
1815*John Gross Barnard Brevet Major General (Union Army), died in 1882, is born.Ref: 5
1828*Adin Ballou Underwood Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), is born.Ref: 5
1839*Alice Mary Smith composer, is born.Ref: 5
1857*John Jacob Abel, American pharmacologist and physiological chemist, is born.Ref: 70
1858*Roland Napoleon Bonaparte French officer/traveller (Surinam), is born.Ref: 5
1859*Dame Nellie Melba [Heal Mitchell] Australian soprano (Peach Melba), is born.Ref: 68
1860*Victor E Orlando Italy's premier (1917-19), is born.Ref: 5
1864*Carl Ethan Akeley US, naturalist, developed animal mount process, is born.Ref: 5
1869 Jules Poncelet Belgian minister of State, is born.Ref: 5
1873*Federico Gerdes Tacna Perú, orchestraestra director, is born.Ref: 5
1876*Saint-Georges de Bouchélier French author (Le Rois Sans Couronne), is born.Ref: 5
1878*Adam von Ahn Carse composer, is born.Ref: 5
1879*Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, American-born English politician; first woman in the British House of Commons, is born.Ref: 70
1879*Lord Waldorf Astor England, 2nd viscount (C)/publisher (London Observer), is born.Ref: 5
1880*Allard R Hulshoff architect of Amsterdam (1924), is born.Ref: 5
1883*Henricus Keuls Dutch lawyer/poet (Dancing Lamp), is born.Ref: 5
1884*Arthur Meulemans Belgian composer (Adriaan Brouwer) (or 5/10), is born.Ref: 5
1890*Ho Chi Mihn (Nguyen That Thanh) North Vietnamese leader: trail and city named after him, is born.Ref: 4
1892*Konstatin G Paustovski Russian author (Povestj Zjizni), is born.Ref: 5
1895*Johns Hopkins, merchant and philanthropist, is born.Ref: 2
1895*Albert Hay Malotte composer, is born.Ref: 5
1895*Cecil Gray composer, is born.Ref: 5
1896*Michael Balcon Birmingham England, producer/father of Jill Balcon, is born.Ref: 5
1899*Leonid Maksimovich Leonov novelist/playwrightRef: 5
1901*Dorothy Buffum Chandler Los Angeles cultural patron; widow of LA Times publisher Norman Chandler; mother of publisher Otis Chandler; Dorothy Chandler Pavillion named for her; is born.Ref: 4
1901*Ivo Cruz composer, is born.Ref: 5
1904*Anthony Bushell Kent England, actor (Journey's End), is born.Ref: 5
1904*Sven Thofelt Sweden, pentathlete (Olympics-gold-1928), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Bruce Bennett (Herman Brix) actor: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Dark Passage, Angels in the Outfield, is born.Ref: 4
1908*Percy Williams, Canadian Olympic gold medal sprinter (1928), is born.Ref: 70
1909*Bruce Bennett (Herman Brix), Tacoma WA, actor (Before I Hang, Sahara), is born.Ref: 5
1909*Schlomo Joffe composer, is born.Ref: 5
1913*Albert Hardy photographer, is born.Ref: 5
1913*Neelam Sanjiva Reddy President of India, is born.Ref: 5
1918*Florence Chadwick swimmer (1st to swim English Channel both ways), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Georgie Auld (John Altwerger) musician: saxophones: bandleader; actor: The Rat Race, dubbed soundtrack for Robert DeNero in New York, New York; is born.Ref: 4
1919*Betty Jameson Norman OK, LPGA golfer (1947 US Women's Open), is born.Ref: 5
1921 Charles van de Reve slavic (Belief of Kameraden), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Daniel Gelin Angers France, Maria Schneider's dad, actor (Obsession), is born.Ref: 5
1921 Karel van het Reve Dutch Slavist (Comrade's Religion), is born.Ref: 5
1922*David McLean Akron OH, actor (Tate-Tate), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Sandy Galbraith Wilson composer, is born.Ref: 5
1925*Malcolm X (Malcolm Little), Black Muslim leader, is born in Omaha NERef: 68
1925*Pol Pot, Cambodian leader of the Khmer Rouge, is born.Ref: 68
1926*Paul Cooper composer, is born.Ref: 5
1928*Gil (Gilbert James) McDougald baseball: NY Yankees [1951 AL Rookie of the Year] is born.Ref: 4
1928*Dolph Schayes Basketball Hall of Famer: Syracuse Nationals, Philadelphia Warriors; coach: Philadelphia ’76ers, Buffalo Braves, NBA Coach of the Year [1966]; NBA’s Silver Anniversary Team [1971], is born.Ref: 4
1928*Anthony C B Chapman England, sports car builder/autoracer (Formula 1), is born.Ref: 5
1929*Curt (Curtis Thomas) Simmons baseball: pitcher: Philadelphia Phillies [all-star: 1952, 1953, 1957], SL Cardinals [World Series: 1964], Chicago Cubs, California Angels, is born.Ref: 4
1929*Harvey Cox US theologist (Secular City), is born.Ref: 5
1929*Michael Adamis composer, is born.Ref: 5
1930*Hans Kox composer, is born.Ref: 5
1930*Lorraine Hansberry playwright (Raisin in the Sun), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Stephen Young (Levy) actor: Judd for the Defense, Patton, Scorned, Who’s Harry Crumb?, Deadline, Lifeguard, When Husbands Cheat, Strange Justice, is born.Ref: 4
1931*Eric Davidson comedy scriptwriter, is born.Ref: 5
1931*Ruben Radica composer, is born.Ref: 5
1934*David Sinclair actor (Love & Hate), is born.Ref: 5
1934*James Charles Lehrer, Wichita KS, news anchor (McNeil-Lehrer Report), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Jan Wijn Dutch pianist, is born.Ref: 5
1935*David Hartman, Emmy Award-winning TV host: Good Morning America, is born in Pawtucket RI.Ref: 4
1935*F R Fries writer, is born.Ref: 5
1936*Elisabeth Schwartz Austria, pairs figure skater (Olympics-gold-1956), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Sanne Sannes Dutch photographer, is born.Ref: 5
1938*James H Bilbray (Representative-D-NV), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Marilyn Chris Brooklyn NY, actress (Wanda Wolek-One Life to Live), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Francis Scobee Commander of the ill-fated US space shuttle, Challenger; killed in Challenger explosion Jan 28, 1986, is born.Ref: 4
1939*James Fox, London England, actor (Greystoke), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Nancy Kwan Hong Kong, actress (Flower Drum Song, World of Suzie Wong), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Richard Lowe Teitelbaum composer, is born.Ref: 5
1939*Tomasz Sikorski composer, is born.Ref: 5
1939*17th Earl of Pembroke English landowner/director (Emily), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Carlos Diegues actor (Xica), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Frank Lorenzo airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Joan Staley playmate (November 1958), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Mickey Newbury rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1941*Jane Brody writer/nutritionist, is born.Ref: 5
1941*Jimmy Hoffa Jr son of Jimmy Hoffa/Teamster union leader, is born.Ref: 5
1941*Marc-Antonio Consoli composer, is born.Ref: 5
1941*Nora Ephron New York NY, novelist/screenwriter/director (Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Michael, Heartburn), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Gary Kildall creator of CP/M, is born.Ref: 5
1942*James Topping author of CP/M, is born.Ref: 5
1945*Peter Townshend England, rock guitarist/vocalist/composer (The Who-Tommy), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Diedre Lenihan Atlanta GA, actress (Wendy-Needles & Pins), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Mary Bryan LPGA golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1946*Michele Placido Foggia Italy, actor (La Lupa, Poliziotti), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Phillip Rudd Melbourne Australia, rock drummer (AC/DC-Rock 'n Roll Damnation), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Jerry Hyman Brooklyn NY, rock singer/trombonist (Blood Sweat & Tears), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Grace Jones [Mendoza] Spanishtown Jamaica, singer/actress (Vamp), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Jean-Pierre Haignere France, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Tom Scott Los Angeles CA, saxophonist/bandleader (Pat Sajak Show), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Archie Manning football: New Orleans Saints quarterback: NFC Player of the Year [1978], is born.Ref: 4
1949*Dusty Hill musician: bass, singer: group: ZZ Top, is born.Ref: 4
1951*Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman] Forest Hills NY, punk rocker (Ramones-Baby I Love You), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Grace Jones (Mendoza) singer: Slave to the Rhythm; actress: A View to a Kill, Conan the Destroyer, Deadly Vengeance, is born.Ref: 4
1952*Mike Nott football: BC Lions [CFL], is born.Ref: 4
1952*Actress Grace Jones is born. (TWA, 2003)Ref: 95
1952*Barbara Loomis rocker (BT Express), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Henry Lascelles English grandson of princess Mary, is born.Ref: 5
1954*Phil Rudd musician: drums: group: AC/DC: LPs: Let There Be Rock, Powerage, Highway to Hell, Dirty Deeds Done Cheap, For Those About to Rock, is born.Ref: 4
1954*Rick (Richard Aldo) Cerone baseball: Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, NY Yankees [World Series: 1981], Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, NY Mets, Montreal Expos, is born.Ref: 4
1955*Ed Whitson pitcher (New York Yankees, San Diego Padres), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Pierre J Thuot Groton CT, Lieutenant Commander USN/astronaut (STS 36, 49, 62), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Steven (Meigs) Ford, actor: When Harry Met Sally, Body Count, Eraser, Contact, Armageddon; son of former U.S. President Gerald R. and Betty Ford, is born in Grand Rapids MI.Ref: 4
1956*Althea Gwyn WBL center (New York Stars), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Martyn Ware musician: synthesizer: groups: The Human League: LP: Reproduction; Heaven 17: We Don’t Need This Fascist Groove Thang, Temptation, Crushed by the Wheels of Industry, is born.Ref: 4
1957*Bill Laimbeer NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Sophia Crawford London England, actress (Power Rangers), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Nicole Brown Simpson, Frankford Germany, Mrs OJ Simpson (murdered in 1994), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Lisa Rathgber Hillsboro IL, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1980), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Lisa Wagner bowler (3-time LPBT Player of Year, Bowler of Decade), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Iain Harvie Scottish rock guitarist (Nothing Ever Happens), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Rebecca Bradley LPGA golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1963*Yazz [Yasmin Evans] Mrs Simon La Bon/rocker (Fine Time, The One Way is Up), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Michael Dean Standly Abilene TX, PGA golfer (1993 Freeport-McMoRan), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Joshua Rifkind actor (Marshall Chronicles), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Keith Jennings NFL tight end (Chicago Bears), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Marc Bureau Trois Rivieres, NHL center (Montréal Canadiens), is born.Ref: 5
1967*John Friesz NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Turk Wendell Pittsfield MA, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), is born.Ref: 5
1968*James Parrish NFL outside linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Jeanne Basone Brubank CA, wrestler (Hollywood-GLOW), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Mark Janssens Surrey, NHL center (Hartford Whalers), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Paul Justin NFL quarterback (Indpls Colts), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Cecile Ulbrich Tucker Warren ME, rower (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1969*David Wharton Warminster PA, US Olympic swimmer (Olympics-silver-88), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Kevin Scott WLAF cornerback (Scotland Claymores), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Richard Dumas NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Darryl Morrison NFL safety (Washington Redskins), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Lori Ann Mundt Yorkton Saskatchawan, volleyball player (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Ronald Williams CFL running back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Willie Brown NFL/WLAF linebacker (Seattle Seahawks. Rhein Fire), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Andreas Johansson Hofors Sweden, NHL forward (Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Kevin Garnett NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves), is born.Ref: 5
804*Alcuin of York English scholar, dies in Tours France at 69.Ref: 5
988*Dunstan[us] English archbishop of Canterbury, dies.Ref: 5
1218*Emperor Otto IV, dies.Ref: 10
1296*The former Pope (St.) Celestine V [Pietro del Murrone] dies of an infected abscess, imprisoned by Boniface VIII.Ref: 69
1536*Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England's King Henry the Eighth, is beheaded after being convicted of adultery.Ref: 68
1536*Lord Rochford English brother of Anna Boleyn, beheaded.Ref: 5
1647*Sebastian Vrancx Flemish painter (captain of vigilante), dies.Ref: 5
1653*Carel Reyniersz Governor-General of Netherlands East Indies, dies at 48.Ref: 5
1653*Carel Reyniersz Governor-General of Netherlands East Indies, dies at 48.Ref: 5
1657*William Bradford, governor of Plymouth Colony for 30 years, sailed on the Mayflower, dies.Ref: 4
1777*(Declaration of Independence) Button Gwinnett, merchant, signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1786*John Stanley composer, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1795*(Declaration of Independence) Josiah Bartlett, physician, judge, signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies at age 65. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1795*James Boswell author: biographer: Life of Samuel Johnson; dies.Ref: 4
1800*French Bosbeeck veterinarian/robber, hanged.Ref: 5
1801 Herman H Vitringa politician (National Meetings), dies.Ref: 5
1845*Maria EJ Versfelt mistress of General Moreau/marshal Ney, dies at 68.Ref: 5
1846*Robert Bailey Thomas, founder of the Farmer's Almanac, dies at age 80.Ref: 70
1858*A pro-slavery band led by Charles Hameton executes unarmed Free State men near Marais des Cygnes on the Kansas-Missouri border.Ref: 2
1864*Plymouth, N.H.: Nathaniel Hawthorne dies in his sleep on a trip with former US President Franklin Pierce, at age 59.Ref: 68
1868*Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness, Irish brewer, dies at age 69.Ref: 70
1872*Johan van Dale schoolmaster (New Dutch Language Wordbook), dies at 44.Ref: 5
1876*Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer Dutch historian/politician, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1887*Pieter Blussé van Alblas liberal minister of Finance, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1893*Heavy rain washes "quick clay" into a deep valley, kills 111 (Norway).Ref: 5
1895*Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti dies.Ref: 68
1895*José J Marti y Perez Spanish/Cuban poet (Versos sencillos), dies.Ref: 5
1898*William Gladstone, English statesman and four-time prime minister (1868-74, 1880-85, 1886, 1892-94), dies at age 88.Ref: 70
1901*Marthinus Wessels Pretorius first President Republic South-Africa, dies at 81.Ref: 5
1912*Marcelino Menez, Spanish historian, dies at age 55.Ref: 5
1917*Belva Ann Lockwood women’s rights advocate, attorney, first woman formally nominated to run for president of the U.S; dies at age 86.Ref: 4
1921*(US Supreme Court Justice) Edward Douglass White, Justice of U.S. Supreme Court [1894-1910], 9th Chief Justice [1910-1921]; dies.Ref: 2
1921*Edward White, American jurist, dies at age 75.Ref: 70
1922*Heinrich I Quincke German internist (postural drainage), dies at 79.Ref: 5
1928*Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert composer, dies at 59.Ref: 5
1928*Max Scheler German philosopher, dies at 53.Ref: 5
1928*"Firedamp" explodes in Mather PA coal mine killing 195 of 273 miners.Ref: 5
1929*Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium; 2 people crushed to death.Ref: 5
1935*Thomas Edward Lawrence, "Lawrence of Arabia", dies in a motorcycle accident in Dorset England at age 46.Ref: 68
1935*Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler French composer, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1939*Death of Howard B. Grose, 88, U.S. Baptist leader and author of the hymn, "Give of Your Best to the Master." At one time president of South Dakota State University, Grose also worked with American Baptist publications and home missions.Ref: 5
1941*Werner Sombart Marxist economist (Händler und Heroes), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1942*[Nicoline] Magdalene Anchor-Roll Norwegian author (Enken), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1942*Sir Joseph Larmor, Irish physicist, dies at age 84.Ref: 70
1946*Booth Tarkington Pulitzer Prize-winning author: The Magnificent Ambersons [1919], Alice Adams [1922]; dies at age 76.Ref: 4
1953*Damasco Berenguer y Fuste Spanish general/minister of War, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1954*Aart A van Schelven church historian (Willem of Orange), dies at 73.Ref: 5
1954*Charles Ives Pulitzer Prize-winning composer: The Third Symphony [Camp Meeting]: 1947; The Concord Sonata; author: Essays Before A Sonata; dies at age 79.Ref: 4
1958*Ronald Colman English-born American stage and film actor, dies at age 67.Ref: 70
1958*Bruno Sturmer composer, dies at 65.Ref: 5
1961*Joe Howard singer (Gay Nineties Revue), dies at 94.Ref: 5
1965*Maria Dabrowska Polish writer (Znaki Zycia), dies.Ref: 5
1966*Tortoise reportedly given to Tonga's king by Captain Cook (1773), dies.Ref: 5
1967*Elmo Hope musician: piano: group: The Elmo Hope Trio; dies.Ref: 4
1969*Coleman Hawkins, the pioneering American jazz saxophonist, dies.Ref: 68
1971*Bernard Wagenaar Netherlands/US composer, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1971*Ogden Nash poet/TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1975*Farm truck packed with wedding party struck by a train, killing 66 in truck, 40 miles south of Poona India.Ref: 5
1983*Jean Rey Belgian minister, dies.Ref: 5
1984 Sir John Betjeman dies.Ref: 10
1987*Alice B[radley] Sheldon sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1988*Virginia Farmer actresss (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 90.Ref: 5
1989 Able J Herzberg Russian/Netherlands lawyer (Eichmann in Jerusalem), dies.Ref: 5
1989*E Galgóczi writer, dies.Ref: 5
1989*Robert Webber actor (Alex-Moonlighting), dies of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Lou Gehrig's disease) at age 64. (TWA, 1990)Ref: 95
1991*Douglas L Mays cartoonist (Punch), dies.Ref: 5
1991*Rini Otte Dutch actress (Ergens in Nederland), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1993*Nemesio Antunes Chilean painter, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1993*Richard Murphy director (3 Stripes in the Sun), dies of stroke at 81.Ref: 5
1993*Boeing 727 crashes into mountain at Medellín Colombia, kills 132.Ref: 5
1994*Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, First Lady: wife of 35th US President John F. Kennedy; wife of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; editor: Doubleday Publishing, dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 64.Ref: 4
1994*Henry Morgan (Henry Lerner Von Ost, Jr.) comedian: TV panel shows: I’ve Got a Secret; dies of cancer at age 74.Ref: 4
1994*Jacques Cesar Ellul writer, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1994*Luis Ocana Span cyclist (Tour de France 1973), commits suicide at 48.Ref: 5
1996*John Beradino actor: General Hospital, The New Breed, I Led Three Lives, Don’t Look Back: The Story of Leroy ’Satchel’ Paige, Moon of the Wolf; baseball player; dies.Ref: 4
1996*Johnny "Guitar" Watson musician, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1996*Margaret Rawlings actress (Roman Holiday), dies at 89.Ref: 5
1997*Troy Ruttman auto racer: youngest winner of Indpls 500 [1952]; dies.Ref: 4
1997*Millie dog of President Bush (Millie's Book), dies at 12Ref: 5
1998*Fayetteville, TN. One student,Robert "Nick" Creson,18, is killed in the parking lot at Lincoln County High School three days before he was to graduate. The victim was dating the ex-girlfriend of his killer, 18-year-old honor student Jacob Davis.Ref: 88
1998*Dorothy Donegan jazz pianist: At the Embers; appeared in film: Sensations of 1945; dies.Ref: 5
2002*Walter Lord, author of "A Night To Remember", a minute-by-minute retelling of the "Titanic" tragedy, dies in New York at age 84. (XDG, p 4A, 5/19/2003)Ref: 83

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