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In the Gregorian Calendar, May 19 is the 139th
(hundredth – thirtieth nineth) day of the year.

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Quote of the Day…

Helping those in need is not only part of duty, but also of happiness.

— José Martí
Cuban politician, journalist and poet (died May 19, 1895).

Events that Happened “A Day as Today”

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Events that Happened “Such a Day as Today” / Image Credit: Gerd Altmann

May 19 – A Day as Today – Events

  • 526: an earthquake grade VIII on the Mercalli scale occurs in Antioch (at that time, part of Roman Syria). A quarter of a million people die in different parts of the Mediterranean coast. Other possible dates are May 29, 525, or May 20, 26, or 29, 526. See Antioch earthquake of 525.
  • 1381: in Spain, Juan I of Castile announces that Castile submits to the obedience of the Pope of Avignon, as a consequence of his close alliance with France.
  • 1445: Spain, the army of Juan II of Castile -with the help of his valid, Álvaro de Luna-, defeats the noble league led by the Infante Enrique de Aragón in the Battle of Olmedo (1445).
  • 1478: the battle of Macomer takes place.
  • 1486: in Spain, by virtue of the peace bases proposed by Boabdil to his uncle Muhammad XIII, El Zagal, the rebellion of the Albaicín Moors and the civil war with those of Granada ceased.
  • 1520: In La Coruña (Galicia), King Carlos I signs the Capitulation to populate the coast of Paria, granted to his chaplain Bartolomé de las Casas.
  • 1536: Anne Boleyn, the wife of King Henry VIII, is beheaded in the Tower of London.
  • 1547: the Capitulations of Wittenberg are signed after the triumph of Carlos I (King of Spain and V Emperor of Germany) in the Battle of Mühlberg, in which he defeats the Schmalkalden League.
  • 1579: the Catholic provinces of Flanders are reconciled with Felipe II of Spain with the signing of the Peace of Arras.
  • 1618: in Venice the Conjuration of Venice is discovered, of which the Duke of Osuna and Francisco de Quevedo were accused (they would have planned to take over the city by means of a bold coup de mano).
  • 1643: France defeats Spain at the Battle of Rocroi.
  • 1708: In the framework of the War of the Spanish Succession, Anglo-Dutch troops occupy the island of Menorca.
  • 1711: the Peace of Szatmar is signed, which ends the struggles of almost two centuries between Austria and Hungary and recognizes the freedoms of the latter.
  • 1743: Jean-Pierre Christin presents at the Royal Society of Lyon [FR] the first thermometer to use the centigrade scale of temperatures as we know it today.
  • 1780: A strange phenomenon occurs in New England that was later called “New England Dark Day.”
  • 1798: Napoleon Bonaparte embarks in Toulon with the aim of reaching Egypt and making his way to India.
  • 1822: the Mexican Congress ratifies Agustín de Iturbide as “constitutional emperor of the Mexican Empire”, under the name of Agustín I.
  • 1837: Argentina declares war on the Peruvian-Bolivian Confederation. The war would end on April 26, 1839.
  • 1842: Vienna on May 19, Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Linda di Chamounix opens at the Theater am Kärntnertor in Vienna.
  • 1850: 150 km east of Havana (Cuba), the Venezuelan general Narciso López disembarks in the town of Cárdenas with 600 expedition members to drive out the Spanish and achieve the independence of Cuba. He waved for the first time what would be the flag of the Republic (that is why the city of Cárdenas is known as the Flag City).
  • 1874: in France a law is promulgated that prohibits the work of women and children in the mines.
  • 1897: in the United Kingdom, Oscar Wilde is released from Reading jail (where he had been confined as a homosexual).
  • 1909: at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (France) a tour led by Sergei Diaguilev opens, with 55 dancers, including Vaslav Nijinsky. It is the first time that the Russian ballet is brought to the Western world.
  • 1913: Turkey launches an offensive against Bulgaria.
  • 1916: Jacinto Benavente’s play The Merry and Confident City is premiered in Madrid.
  • 1917: in Russia, Aleksandr Kérenski – appointed Minister of War during the First World War – proposes to Germany a peace “without annexations or sanctions.”
  • 1917: two bombs explode in two factories in Barcelona.
  • 1918: London (United Kingdom) suffers an air attack by German aviation.
  • 1921: the first Quota Law is enacted in the United States, restricting immigration.
  • 1922: the International Monetary System undergoes a profound reform.
  • 1923: in Asturias, the metal workers of the Duro Felguera society go on strike.
  • 1928: the fast cruiser Miguel de Cervantes is launched in Ferrol (Spain).
  • 1928: the work Contrabandista valiente, by Dicenta y Paso, is premiered at the Zarzuela theater (Madrid).
  • 1929: the solemn inauguration of the International Exhibition takes place in Barcelona.
  • 1931: the state of war is lifted in Madrid.
  • 1932: The mechanic Rada and 25 other inmates escape from the El Puerto de Santa María prison.
  • 1934: in Bulgaria an undemocratic military pronouncement triumphs.
  • 1935: Pope Pius XI canonizes Thomas More.
  • 1939: in Madrid, the dictator Francisco Franco ―Leader of the national / rebel side during the Spanish Civil War― presides over the “victory parade” once the war has been won.
  • 1940: Arthur Seyß-Inquart is appointed Reich Commissioner for the Netherlands.
  • 1940: in France, Marshal Philippe Pétain is appointed Minister of Defense.
  • 1941: British aviation leaves the island of Crete, leaving the way clear to Germany (see World War II).
  • 1942: the national chess championship ends with the victory of Dr. Rey.
  • 1944: Victoria de los Ángeles offers her first concert at the Palacio de la Música Catalana.
  • 1948: in Israel the Jewish National Council is approved as a Constituent Assembly.
  • 1953: At the Nevada Test Site, the United States detonates the 32-kiloton atomic bomb Harry. The bomb was called “Dirty Harry” because it deposited a lot of radioactive material in the area of ​​the town of St. George (Utah), 220 km away. The population reported a “strange metallic taste in the air.” Three years later, the film The Conqueror of Mongolia, produced by Howard Hughes and starring John Wayne and Susan Hayward, was filmed on this same site. In the following years, a high percentage of the team died of different types of cancer.
  • 1955: The United Kingdom, France, the United States and the Soviet Union sign a peace treaty that ends the occupation of Austria.
  • 1962: Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday Mr. President to then-President John F. Kennedy.
  • 1962: in an artificial well, 218 meters underground, in the area U9m of the Nevada Atomic Test Site (about 100 km northwest of the city of Las Vegas), at 7:00 (local time) United States detonates its atomic bomb No. 244, Eel, of 4.5 kilotons.
  • 1963: The Soviet Tamara Press sets a new world record for discus throwing, with a mark of 59.29 meters.
  • 1970: in Spain, the special court for monetary crimes passes judgment on the Matesa case. Juan Vilá Reyes, the main defendant, is sentenced to three years in prison.
  • 1971: the Soviet Union launches the Mars 2 probe towards Mars.
  • 1972: in Spain, Salvador Espriu is awarded the Honor Prize for Catalan Letters.
  • 1972: the Italian films The Mattei Affair and The Working Class Goes to Paradise are awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • 1973: The Polisario Front, a Saharawi independence movement, is founded.
  • 1974: in France, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing is elected president.
  • 1974: Erno Rubik creates the famous Rubik’s cube.
  • 1977: The Orient Express Direct train makes its last trip.
  • 1978: NATO Defense Ministers agree to purchase the ACS rapid alert system.
  • 1978: in Cuba the protected area of ​​Jobo Rosado is created with the presence of the commander of the Revolution Guillermo García Frías.
  • 1979: Freemasonry is legalized in Spain.
  • 1984: Pink Floyd’s album The Dark Side of the Moon turns 520 weeks among the 200 best-selling albums according to the Billboard chart.
  • 1985: next to the Mendizorroza football field (in Vitoria), 25 kilos of explosive rubber 2 are deactivated in a car bomb.
  • 1986: a car bomb attack against President Raúl Alfonsín is thwarted at the Córdoba air base (Argentina).
  • 1986: in the Dominican Republic, Joaquín Balaguer wins the presidential elections.
  • 1989: South African troops begin their withdrawal from Namibia, in accordance with the plan for the independence of the territory.
  • 1990: Ali Abdullah Saleh (President of the Arab Republic) and Abu Bakr el-Attas (President of the Democratic People’s Republic) —the two top leaders of the Yemeni States— announce the unification of the country.
  • 1991: the Referendum on the independence of Croatia is held, where a large majority is pronounced for independence from Yugoslavia.
  • 1999: in Italy, the Parliament votes in favor of the suspension of the allied attacks against Kosovo.
  • 1999: in London, the price of gold falls to its lowest level in 20 years: $ 272.5 per ounce ($ 8.76 per gram).
  • 2000: China closes an agreement with the European Union to open its market.
  • 2000: Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe decide to unite their natural parks to create the largest transnational protected area in the world, with an area of ​​100,000 km².
  • 2001: the Arab League suspends political relations with Israel to demand that the government of Ariel Sharón end the aggressions against the Palestinian population in the occupied territories of Gaza and the West Bank.
  • 2002: 32 environmental parties from 29 European countries announce a single candidacy for the 2004 European Parliament elections.
  • 2003: In Indonesia, the army launches an offensive against the Acehnese separatists.
  • 2004: In western Iraq, a US military operation kills 41 people in a village. While the Pentagon assured that it was a group of Islamic terrorists, numerous witnesses affirmed that they were invited to a wedding.
  • 2010: Ford Motor Company releases the Ford Focus III.
  • 2018: the wedding between Prince Harry of Sussex and Meghan Markle was held in the United Kingdom.
  • 2019: HBO airs the latest episode of Game of Thrones.
  • 2020: in Venezuela, the AT&T company ceases DIRECTV Latin America operations in that country.
  • 2020: in Chile, in the Colina commune, an NGO “Olla Solidaria Los Ingleses” is created to help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Who was Born “A Day as Today”?

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Who was Born “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Susanne Jutzeler

May 19 – A Day as Today – Births

  • 1593: Jacob Jordaens, Flemish painter (d. 1678).
  • 1700: José de Escandón, Spanish colonial governor (d. 1770).
  • 1744: Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, British aristocrat, wife of King George III (d. 1818).
  • 1762: Johann Gottlieb Fichte, German philosopher (d. 1814).
  • 1780: Victor de Bonald, French writer, lawyer and journalist (d. 1871).
  • 1795 – Johns Hopkins, American philanthropist (d. 1873).
  • 1797: Isabel of Portugal, Spanish queen consort (d. 1818).
  • 1828: Manuel Ibo Alfaro, Spanish writer (d. 1885).
  • 1860: Victor Manuel Orlando, Italian statesman (d. 1952).
  • 1861: Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer (d. 1931).
  • 1867: Friedrich Carl Louis Otto Appel, German botanist and agronomist (d. 1952).
  • 1867: Kitarō Nishida, Japanese philosopher (d. 1945).
  • 1879: Nancy Astor, British politician (d. 1964).
  • 1881: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, military man, politician and Turkish president (d. 1938).
  • 1882: Mohammad Mosaddeq, Iranian politician (d. 1967).
  • 1887: Gregorio Marañón, Spanish physician and essayist (d. 1960).
  • 1888: Nikolai Shvérnik, Soviet politician (d. 1970).
  • 1890: Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnamese politician, revolutionary, president and poet (d. 1969).
  • 1890: Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Portuguese poet, novelist and playwright (d. 1916).
  • 1891: Oswald Boelcke, German pilot (d. 1916).
  • 1896: Jorge Alessandri, Chilean politician and president between 1958 and 1964 (f. 1986).
  • 1898: Julius Evola, Italian philosopher (d. 1974).
  • 1904: Daniel Guérin, French anarchist historian (d. 1988).
  • 1906: Bruce Bennett, American actor (d. 2007).
  • 1909: Nicholas Winton, British philanthropist (d. 2015).
  • 1914: Max Perutz, British biologist of Austrian origin, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1962 (d. 2002).
  • 1921: Daniel Gélin, French actor and director (d. 2002).
  • 1925 – Malcolm X, African-American anti-racist leader; assassinated (f. 1965).
  • 1925: Pol Pot, Cambodian military and politician (d. 1998).
  • 1928: Dolph Schayes, American basketball player (d. 2015).
  • 1928 – Colin Chapman, British automobile manufacturer and engineer (d. 1982).
  • 1930: Antonio Cifariello, Italian actor and documentarian (d. 1968).
  • 1930: Paulino Varas, Chilean jurist and politician.
  • 1932: Paul Erdman, American writer (d. 2007).
  • 1932: Elena Poniatowska, Mexican writer, activist and journalist.
  • 1932: Diego Jaramillo, Catholic priest and Colombian television presenter, president of the Minuto de Dios corporation.
  • 1933: José Luis Abellán, Spanish teacher and writer.
  • 1933: Antón García Abril, Spanish composer (d. 2021).
  • 1936: Ana María Pérez del Campo Noriega, feminist activist.
  • 1939: James Fox, British actor.
  • 1939: Francis Scobee, American astronaut (d. 1986); Challenger shuttle accident.
  • 1940: Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist.
  • 1941: Nora Ephron, American screenwriter and filmmaker (d. 2012).
  • 1942: Gary Kildall, American programmer (d. 1994).
  • 1943: Marisol Ayuso, Spanish actress.
  • 1944: Peter Mayhew, British actor (d. 2019).
  • 1945: Pete Townshend, British songwriter and guitarist, of the band The Who.
  • 1946: André Roussimoff (André the Giant), French professional wrestler (d. 1993).
  • 1947: David Helfgott, Australian pianist.
  • 1948: Grace Jones, Jamaican singer and actress.
  • 1949: Dusty Hill, American musician, of the band ZZ Top.
  • 1951: Joey Ramone, American singer, of the band Ramones (d. 2001).
  • 1951: Harry Perry, American guitarist.
  • 1954: María Medina, Mexican singer.
  • 1954: Phil Rudd, Australian drummer, of the band AC / DC.
  • 1956: James Gosling, Canadian programmer.
  • 1956: Rafael Larreina, Spanish politician.
  • 1957: Bill Laimbeer, American basketball player.
  • 1962: Marcos Witt, evangelical pastor and American singer.
  • 1965: Cecilia Bolocco, Chilean television presenter, actress and model.
  • 1966: Polly Walker, British actress.
  • 1967: Alexia, Italian singer.
  • 1969: Thomas Vinterberg, Danish filmmaker
  • 1971: Dionicio Castellanos, Mexican professional wrestler.
  • 1971: Israel Houghton, singer and American Christian leader.
  • 1972: Jenny Berggren, Swedish singer, of the band Ace of Base.
  • 1973: Dario Franchitti, British motorsport driver.
  • 1973: Kaoru Asano, Japanese footballer.
  • 1974: Emma Shapplin, French soprano, author and composer.
  • 1975: Sebastián Prieto, Argentine tennis player.
  • 1976: Kevin Garnett, American basketball player.
  • 1977: Manuel Almunia, Spanish footballer.
  • 1977: Natalia Oreiro, Uruguayan actress and singer.
  • 1977: Cirilo J. Guzmán, lawyer, professor, activist and former Dominican prosecutor.
  • 1979: Diego Forlán, Uruguayan soccer player.
  • 1979: Barbara Nedeljáková, Slovak actress.
  • 1979: Andrea Pirlo, Italian footballer.
  • 1980: Drew Fuller, American actor.
  • 1980: Christian Gálvez, Spanish actor and presenter.
  • 1980: Florian Volpe, French footballer.
  • 1981: Luciano Figueroa, Argentine soccer player.
  • 1981: Mariano Chiesa, Argentine announcer, singer and voice actor.
  • 1982: Jorge Ponce, Spanish comedian.
  • 1983: Eve Angel, Hungarian actress.
  • 1984: Emmanuel Orenday, Mexican actor.
  • 1985: Jon Kortajarena, Spanish model and actor.
  • 1987: Lenny Tavárez, Puerto Rican singer.
  • 1988: Antonija Mišura, Croatian basketball player.
  • 1990: Víctor Ibarbo, Colombian soccer player.
  • 1992: Sam Smith, British singer.
  • 1992: Marshmello, American DJ.
  • 1993: Josef Martínez, Venezuelan soccer player.
  • 1995: Álvaro Jiménez, Spanish footballer.
  • 1996: Kevin Bonifazi, Italian footballer
  • 1999: Andrea Pinamonti, Italian footballer.

Who Left Us “A Day as Today”?

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Who Left Us “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Katrina

May 19 – A Day as Today – Deaths

  • 1125: Vladimir II Monomachus, Ukrainian prince (b. 1053).
  • 1296: Celestine V (Pietro da Morrone), Italian pope (b. 1215).
  • 1396: Juan I, king of Aragon (b.1350).
  • 1397 Juan de Cetina, Spanish religious canonized by the Catholic Church (b. 1340).
  • 1397: Pedro de Dueñas, Spanish religious (b. 1377).
  • 1536: Ana Bolena (29), English aristocrat, wife of Enrique VIII; executed (b.1507).
  • 1609: García Hurtado de Mendoza, Spanish military man (b. 1535).
  • 1637: Isaac Beeckman, Dutch scientist and philosopher (b. 1588).
  • 1645: Miyamoto Musashi, samurai and Japanese writer (b. 1584).
  • 1825: Henri de Saint-Simon, French economist (b. 1760).
  • 1856: Alois Pichl, Italian architect (b. 1783).
  • 1864: Nathaniel Hawthorne, American writer (b.1804).
  • 1895: José Martí, Cuban politician, thinker, journalist, philosopher and poet (b. 1853).
  • 1898 – William Gladstone, British statesman (b.1809).
  • 1912: Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo, polygraph, writer, historian of ideas, literary critic and Spanish philologist (b. 1856).
  • 1918: Ferdinand Hodler, Swiss painter (b.1853).
  • 1928: Max Scheler, German philosopher (b.1874).
  • 1935: Lawrence of Arabia, British military man, archaeologist and writer (b. 1888).
  • 1946: Ángel Ossorio y Gallardo, Spanish politician (b. 1873).
  • 1946 – Booth Tarkington, American novelist and playwright (b. 1869).
  • 1953: Dámaso Berenguer, Spanish military and politician (b. 1873).
  • 1954 – Charles Ives, American composer (b. 1874).
  • 1955: Concha Espina, Spanish writer (b. 1869).
  • 1957: Luis Bermúdez de Castro, Spanish military man (b. 1864).
  • 1958 – Ronald Colman, British actor (b.1891).
  • 1969 – Coleman Hawkins, American jazz saxophonist (b.1904).
  • 1970: August Zamoyski, Polish sculptor (b. 1893).
  • 1972: Narciso Alonso Cortés, poet from Valladolid, researcher and historian of literature (b. 1875).
  • 1979: Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Indian novelist, historian, essayist and critic (b.1907)
  • 1983: Jean Rey, Belgian politician (b.1902).
  • 1985: Alfredo Mayo, Spanish actor (b.1911).
  • 1987: Valentín Paz Andrade, Spanish writer and politician (b. 1898).
  • 1989: Robert Webber, American actor (b.1924).
  • 1994: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American woman, wife of President Kennedy (b.1929).
  • 1994: Luis Ocaña, Spanish cyclist (b.1945).
  • 1995: Jaime de Nevares, Argentine bishop (b.1915).
  • 1996: Nené Malbrán, Argentine comic actress (b. 1933).
  • 1996: Félix Ángel Vallejo, Colombian writer and politician (b. 1903).
  • 1998: Juan Bautista Fuenmayor, Venezuelan communist leader (b. 1905).
  • 1999: Daniel Menco, Chilean student (b.1976).
  • 2004: Elvio Romero, Paraguayan poet (b. 1926).
  • 2009: Carlos Aguilera, Uruguayan theater director (b.1945)
  • 2010: Carlos Gattiker, Argentine tennis player; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (b. 1956).
  • 2011: Garret FitzGerald, Irish politician (b.1926).
  • 2019: Julio César Trujillo, Ecuadorian lawyer and politician (b.1931).
  • 2020: Ravi Zacharias, American philosopher, apologist, and evangelist (b.1946).

What is Celebrated “A Day as Today”?

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What is Celebrated “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Sakkanan Norkaew

May 19 – A Day as Today – Celebration

  • France Brittany National Day.
  • El Salvador: Marketer’s Day.
  • Mexico: Marketer’s Day.
  • Turkey: Atatürk Remembrance Day.
  • Argentina: Day to Remove the label from household appliances.

Catholic Santoral “A Day as Today”

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Catholic Santoral “A Day as Today” / Image Credit: Peter H

May 19 – A Day as Today – Catholic Santoral

  • Saint Adolfo de Arras
  • Saint Crispin of Viterbo
  • St. Dunstan of Canterbury
  • Saint Ivo
  • Saint Francisco Coll
  • Saint Peter Celestine Pope
  • Saint Theophilus of Corte
  • Saint Urban I Pope
  • Blessed Augustine Novelli
  • Blessed Humiliana of Florence
  • Blessed John the Baptist Javier Loir
  • Blessed Juan de Santo Domingo Martínez
  • Blessed Maria Bernarda Bütler
  • Blessed Peter Wrighy

What Sign of the Zodiac Rules those Born “A Day as Today”?

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Prediction your zodiac sign with Dorian / Image Credit: p2722754

May 19 – A Day as Today – Zodiac Sign

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