Interesting facts about This day in History May 19th
- 1536 – Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason.
- 1643 – Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England.
- 1649 – England is declared a Commonwealth by an act of the Rump Parliament making England a republic for the next 11 years.
- 1885 – German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon and Togoland.
- 1898 – US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards, had to be labelled “Private Mailing Cards” until 1901, known as “souvenir cards”.
- 1919 – Mustafa Kemai Ataturk lands at Samsun on the Black Sea coast, beginning the Turkish War of Independence.
Today in Film and TV
- 1989 – “Do the Right Thing”, directed by Spike Lee, starring Danny Aielle and Ossie Davies premiers at the Cannes film festival.
- 1958 – “South Pacific” soundtrack album goes to number one and stays there for 31 weeks.
Today in Sport
- 1991 – Willy T Ribbs becomes first African American driver to make Indianapolis 500.