Today's Holidays for May 19
Feast Day of St. Peter Celestine Patron saint of the book industry.
Feast Day of St. Dunstan Patron saint of goldsmiths.
Today's History Trivia for May 19
The Dark Day - End of the World?
Much of New England and parts of Canada become almost totally dark, causing widespread panic as many people thought the end of the world had come. The exact cause has never been determined, but it may have been due to a combination of forest fire smoke and cloud cover. It was so dark that candles were needed from noon on. It did not disperse until the middle of the next night.
1992 Murphy Brown Vice-Pres. Dan Quayle criticizes the TV character Murphy Brown's moral values for having a child out of wedlock.
1981 Miss USA - First Person Disqualified Deborah Ann Fountain (Miss New York State) is disqualified for padding her swim suit bra. She claimed she was just trying to make it fit better.
1950 UFOs George Adamski, often referred to as the first abductee, takes a photograph of what he claims are six UFOs flying in formation. Grenada would depict this photograph in a 1978 commemorative stamp.
1939 First American Indian beatified by the Catholic Church: Pope Pius XII approves the selection of Kateri Tekakwitha.
1910 Halley's Comet Earth is believed to have passed through the tail of the famous comet.
1906 Federated Boys' Clubs is organized, now called the Boys' Clubs of America.
1643 First federation of the four American colonies The United Colonies of New England is formed.
Today's Birthdays for May 19
1946 André the Giant d. 1993 (André René Roussimoff), French 7-foot-4, 520-pound wrestler, billed as "The Eighth Wonder of the World." He portrayed Fessick the gentle giant in the 1989 movie The Princess Bride. He was the first inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame (1993).
1925 Malcolm X d. 1965 (Malcolm Little), American civil rights leader. While in prison he converted to the Muslim Nation of Islam (1946) and preached that all whites were of the devil. He was assassinated by the members of the Nation of Islam after breaking from them in 1964.
British humanitarian. "The British Schindler". He organized the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia during the onset of WWII (1938), in an operation known as the Czech Kindertransport (German for "children transportation"). Winton arranged for their passage to Britain and Sweden. Most of the parents, who weren't allowed entry to Britain or other countries, died in Nazi concentration camps. The last group of 250 children was stopped at the last minute due to the outbreak of WWII on its day of departure. Of those 250, only two survived the war. He had contacted other countries, including U.S. President Roosevelt, but they refused to accept the refugees. He said he could have thousands more if other countries would have accepted them.
1959 Nicole Brown Simpson d. 1994 American murder victim, ex-wife of O.J. Simpson. She and friend Ron Goldman were found murdered at her home. O.J. Simpson was tried and found not guilty of the crime.
1948 Grace Jones Jamaican-born model, singer, actress. Film: Conan the Destroyer (1984) and A View to a Kill (1985).
1945 Pete Townshend British singer, with The Who. Music: My Generation (1965). He wrote rock's first opera Tommy (1969) with the hit Pinball Wizard.
1940 Don Johnson d. 2003 American ten-pin bowler, PBA Hall of Famer, Bowler of the Year (1971-72).
1935 David Hartman American actor. TV: Lucas Tanner (title role) and Good Morning America (host).
1934 Jim Lehrer American news correspondent. TV: PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer Report.
1928 Dolph Schayes d. 2015 American basketball player, coach. He was the first NBA player to score 15,000 points (1960).
1928 Colin Chapman d. 1982 British auto designer. Founder of Lotus Cars Ltd. (1952). He introduced the "monocoque" racing chassis (1962), and "ground effects" (the use of air pressure to hold down the car).
1910 Nathuram Godse d. 1949 Hindu nationalist. He assassinated Mahatma Gandhi (1948). He felt Gandhi favored the political demands of India's Muslims during the partition of India. He plotted the assassination with seven others. He was sentenced to death for his crime. Although Gandhi's sons plead for commutation, he and co-conspirator Narayan Apte were hanged together.
1890 Ho Chi Minh d. 1969 Vietnamese leader, founder and first president of North Vietnam (1954-69).
1881 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk d. 1938 Turkish patriot. Father of the Turks, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic (1923-38).
1857 John Jacob Abel d. 1938 American physiological chemist. He was the first to produce insulin in its crystalline form, and the first to isolate (1926) the pituitary hormone.
1795 Johns Hopkins d. 1873 American businessman, philanthropist, contributed money for the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Deaths for May 19
2016 Morley Safer b. 1931 Canadian-born American Emmy-winning journalist. TV: 60 Minutes (1968-2016). He was known for his hard-hitting new coverage of such topics as the Vietnam War.
2011 Phyllis Avery b. 1922 American actress. TV: George Gobel/Eddie Fisher Show (George Gobel's wife Alice).
1996 John Beradino b. 1917 American actor. TV: General Hospital (Dr. Steve Hardy from the show's inception in 1963 till his death). He also played major league baseball from 1939 to 1953.
1994 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis b. 1929 (Jacqueline Lee Bouvier), American First Lady, widow of John F. Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis.
1994 Henry Morgan b. 1915 (Henry Lerner Van Ost, Jr.), American caustic comedian. Known for his trademark radio sign-on: "Good evening, anybody. Here's Morgan." TV: What's My Line and I've Got a Secret.
1970 Martin Branner b. 1888 American cartoonist, creator of Winnie Winkle, the Breadwinner (1920).
1946 Booth Tarkington b. 1869 American Pulitzer-winning novelist. Writings: The Magnificent Ambersons (1918, Pulitzer), and Alice Adams (1921, Pulitzer).
1864 Nathaniel Hawthorne b. 1804 American author, The Scarlet Letter (1850) and The House of Seven Gables (1851).
1846 Robert Bailey Thomas b. 1766 American publisher. Founder of The Farmer's Almanac (1792, later called The Old Farmer's Almanack), which he published until his death.
1777 Button Gwinnett b. circa 1735 American patriot, signer of the Declaration of Independence. He died from injuries received in a duel.
1218 Otto IV b. circa 1174 Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (1209-18).