Numerous things happened on any given day throughout history. Choosing May 19th as an example, one of the most notable events was the death of Nathaniel Hawthorne, who died at the age of 59, according to Yahoo News. However, it is also worth noting that Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded on the same day in 1536 after supposedly cheating on the King.Know More
On May 19, 1913, a California governor signed the Webb-Hartley law, which prohibited immigrants without citizenship from owning farm land. Eight years later, Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, which restricted the number of incoming immigrants to the United States. This law put into place both a limit on European immigrants and a quota with which to set that restriction.
In 1994, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died on May 19th at age 64 in New York. One of the most popular first ladies in history, and married to the 35th President John F. Kennedy, she was both an editor and a fashion icon. After President Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 21, 1963, Jackie married a shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis,
Several actors and musicians celebrate birthdays on May 19th. Among them are James Fox, Peter Mayhew, The Who singer-composer Pete Townshend, actress Polly Walker, Jason Gray-Stanford and ZZ Top singer Dusty Hill.Learn more about US History
The Panic of 1893 began when a series of bad overseas investments, a glut of cheap silver and the bankruptcy of two of the nation's largest employers combined to severely weaken the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate reached 19 percent, more than 500 banks and 15,000 businesses closed, and the government had to borrow $65 million in gold to shore up the Treasury.Full Answer >
At the Convention of 1818, the western border of the United States and Canada was established at the 49th parallel. The convention ended ongoing disputes about the borders between the two countries and was a major step in the reconciliation of the United States and Great Britain.Full Answer >
Edgar Allen Poe's wife, Virginia, died in Fordham, New York, in 1847. Ill for many months, she finally succumbed to tuberculosis in January. She died at home in their Bronx cottage.Full Answer >
The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, sparked riots across the United States. Some of the heaviest riots immediately following the assassination occurred in Washington D.C. and Chicago.Full Answer >