May 19: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On May 19, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The Gregorian calendar’s 139th day is May 19th. The New York Post published Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail on this day, while Marilyn Monroe performed “Happy Birthday” to then-President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in New York City. During the Anglo-Spanish War, the invasion of Jamaica began.

Taurus is the zodiac sign for May 19. Malcolm X, singer Grace Jones, and Andre the Giant are all born on May 19th. National Armed Forces Day and National Endangered Species Day are also celebrated today.


(May 19, 1862)
On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln of the United States signed the Homestead Act, which gave 160 acres of public property to anyone who had lived on and cultivated it for at least five years.


(May 19, 1890)
Ho Chi Minh was born in Hoang Tru, Vietnam, French Indochina, and was the founder of the Indochina Communist Party (1930) and its successor, the Viet Minh (1941), as well as the president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) from 1945 to 1969.

(May 19, 1930)
Lorraine Hansberry was born in Chicago, and her play A Raisin in the Sun (1959) was the first African American woman's drama to be presented on Broadway.

(May 19, 1935)
T.E. Lawrence, a British archaeological scholar, military strategist, and author whose biography inspired the epic film Lawrence of Arabia (1962), died in a motorbike accident at the age of 46.

(May 19, 1994)
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the first lady of the United States and wife of President John F. Kennedy, passed away in New York City.


(May 19, 2018)
At St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Prince Harry married American actress Meghan Markle; unlike any previous British royal wedding, the event combined pomp and circumstance with African American culture, the latter a celebration of the bride's multiracial ancestry.

(Died on May 19, 2021)
Paul Mooney, American Comedian (b. 1941).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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