Today in History - May 19

1506 - Columbus selects his son Diego as sole heir

1515 - George van saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles

1536 - Ann Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason



1568 - English Queen Elizabeth I arrests Mary, Queen of Scots

1635 - France declares war on Spain (Franco-Spanish War 1635-59)

1643 - Battle at Rocroi/Alllersheim: French army destroys Spanish army

1643 - Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England

1662 - Uniformity Act of  England goes into effect

1792 - Russian army enters Poland

1796 - Game protection law restricts encroachment on Indian hunting grounds

1848 - 1st department store opens

1848 - Mexico gives Texas to US, ending the war

1885 - 1st mass production of shoes

1891 - Rice Institute, which became Rice University, is chartered

1892 - Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer

1900 - World's longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) links Italy & Switz, opens

1926 - French air force bombs Damascus Syria

1928 - 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee"

1930 - White women win voting rights in South Africa

1939 - Churchill sings British-Russian anti-Nazi pact

1940 - Amsterdam time becomes MET (Middle European Time)

1943 - Berlin is declared "Jundenrien" (free of Jews)

1958 - US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)

1967 - US bombs Hanoi (Vietnam War)

1971 - USSR launches Mars 2, 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars

1976 - Gold ownership legalized in Australia

1983 - NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 506

1993 - Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for 1st time 

1995 - World's youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, 17, graduates Mount Sinai

2009 - Sri Lanka announces victory in its 27 year war against the terrorist organisation, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

2012 - 20th UEFA Champions League Final - Chelsea beats Bayern Munich at Munich

2015 - UK inflation is recorded as a negative for the first time since 1960


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