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5/19/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - May 19
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American 1st lady (1961-63)
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
American 1st lady (1961-63)

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Today in History in 1536 Anne Boleyn, Queen of England and wife of Henry VIII was beheaded; and in 1994 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American 1st lady (1961-63), died of cancer at age 64.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1568 - English Queen Elizabeth I arrests Scottish Queen Mary
  • 1643 - Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut & New Harbor form United Colonies of New England
  • 1649 - England is declared a Commonwealth by an act of the Long Parliament making England a republic for the next 11 years
  • 1862 - US Homestead Act becomes law - provides cheap land for settlement of American West
  • 1919 - Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating what was later termed the Turkish War of Independence. The anniversary of this event is the official date of commemoration of the Pontic Greek Genocide in Greece and Cyprus.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1861 - Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer (d. 1931)
  • 1868 - John Fillmore Hayford, Rouses Point New York, American Geodesist who established the theory of isostasy and founded the modern science of geodesy (precise measurements of the shape of the earth)
  • 1881 - Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1st President of Turkey (1923-38) and founder of the Republic of Turkey (d. 1938)
  • 1890 - Ho Chi Minh [Nguyễn Sinh Cung], Nghệ An Province, French Indochina, Vietnamese communist revolutionary and President of North Vietnam (1946-69)
  • 1918 - Florence Chadwick, swimmer (1st to swim English Channel both ways), born in San Diego, California (d. 1995)
  • 1925 - Malcolm X, [Little], [Detroit Red], human rights activist and founder of the Black Muslims, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1945 - Peter Townshend, England, rock guitarist/vocalist/composer (The Who-Tommy)
  • 1946 - André the Giant, French professional wrestler (d. 1993)
  • 1956 - Steve Ford, actor (Young & Restless)/son of Pres Gerald Ford

Famous Weddings

  • 1853 - Dutch prince Henry marries princess Amalia of Saxony-Weimar
  • 1880 - Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (29) weds Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne (40) in San Francisco
  • 1908 - Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent (26) weds Jeanne Renault
  • 1979 - Guitarist Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd
  • 1997 - Film and stage actor Matthew Broderick (50) weds Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker (47) in New York
  • 2006 - "Liverpool" goalkeeper Pepe Reina (23) weds Yolanda Ruiz in Cordoba, Spain
  • 2008 - Film actress Jessica Alba (31) weds film/TV producer Cash Warren (33) at the Beverly Hills Courthouse in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2012 - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (28) weds his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan at a small ceremony in Palo Alto, California
  • 2013 - Former Armor for Sleep frontman Ben Jorgensen (29) weds actress Katrina Bowden (24) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in NYC, New York

Famous Deaths

  • 1536 - Anne Boleyn, Queen of England and wife of Henry VIII, beheaded
  • 1864 - Nathaniel Hawthorne, American writer (Scarlet Letter), dies at 59
  • 1935 - T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia), dies at 46, in a motorcycle accident in Dorset, England
  • 1994 - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American 1st lady (1961-63), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2004 - Tony Randall, actor (Felix Unger in The Odd Couple) dies aged 84

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