About May 19

May 19, 2022 is the 139th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 226 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 248 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 19

  • 1499
    Catherine of Aragon is married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales. Catherine is 13 and Arthur is 12.
  • 1535
    French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnacona’s two sons (whom Cartier had kidnapped during his first voyage).
  • 1536
    Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, is beheaded for adultery, treason, and incest.
  • 1643
    Thirty Years’ War: French forces under the duc d'Enghien decisively defeat Spanish forces at the Battle of Rocroi, marking the symbolic end of Spain as a dominant land power.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: A Continental Army garrison surrenders in the Battle of The Cedars.
  • 1780
    New England’s Dark Day: A combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud cover causes complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 10:30 A.M.
  • 1802
    Napoleon Bonaparte founds the Legion of Honour.
  • 1845
    Captain Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition depart from Greenhithe, England.
  • 1848
    Mexican-American War: Mexico ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo thus ending the war and ceding California, Nevada, Utah and parts of four other modern-day U.S. states to the United States for US$15 million.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ends.
  • 1897
    Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol Prison.
  • 1919
    Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating what is later termed the Turkish War of Independence.
  • 1921
    The U.S. Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act establishing national quotas on immigration.
  • 1934
    Zveno and the Bulgarian Army engineer a coup d'état and install Kimon Georgiev as the new Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
  • 1950
    A barge containing munitions destined for Pakistan explodes in the harbor at South Amboy, New Jersey, devastating the city.
  • 1959
    The North Vietnamese Army establishes Group 559, whose responsibility is to determine how to maintain supply lines to South Vietnam; the resulting route is the Ho Chi Minh trail.
  • 1962
    A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of “Happy Birthday”.
  • 1971
    Mars probe program: Mars 2 is launched by the Soviet Union.
  • 1986
    The Firearm Owners Protection Act is signed into law by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
  • 2010
    The Royal Thai Armed Forces concludes its crackdown on protests by forcing the surrender of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders.

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