This Day in History- May 19

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May 19

Do you know that on May 19, the famous American Inventor Thomas Edison spoke on the radio for the first time? Do you know that today is also is the death anniversary of Indian industrialist and pioneer Jamsetji Tata on this day? Every day is full of exciting events and happenings! Keep reading to find what happened on this day in history on May 19!

What Happened in India on May 19?

Jamsetji Tata -May 19
  • 1904: Jamsetji Tata Death Anniversary
    The father of the Indian Industry and founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata passed away on May 19 in Germany and is buried at the Parsi burial group in England.
  • 1995: World’s Youngest Doctor Balamurali Ambati
    Balamurali Ambati became the youngest doctor and was listed on the Guinness Book of World Records at the age of 17 on May 19, 1995.
  • 2019: India’s First Openly Gay Athlete
    Sprinter Dutee Chand comes out on May 19, 2019, as India’s first openly gay professional athlete and announced that she was in a same-sex relationship.

What Happened Around the World on May 19?

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  • 1536: Anne Boleyn Beheaded
    Anne Boleyn, the second wife of English King Henry VIII, was found guilty of charges of adultery, incest and treason and later beheaded for the crimes on May 19, 1536.
  • 1649: England became a Commonwealth
    England was declared a Commonwealth by an act of the Rump Parliament on May 19, 1649. 
  • 1805: Legion of Honour
    The French dictator Napoleon created the Legion of Honour, the premier order of the French Republic on May 19, 1805.
  • 1897: Oscar Wilde released from Prison 
    Oscar Wilde was released from prison after 2 years on May 19, 1897 for being found guilty of homosexuality which was a crime in 19-century England. His prison experiences are the crux of his book: Reading Gaol.
  • 1926: Thomas Edison’s Radio Debut
    World’s greatest inventor and businessman Thomas Alva Edison spoke on the radio for the first time in New Jersey USA on May 19, 1926.
  • 1943: Berlin became Judenrien
    On May 19, 1943, Berlin was declared Judenrein which means free of Jews following the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and exile and murder of thousands of Jews in Europe. 
  • 1971: USSR launched Mars 2
    Mars 2 was launched on May 19, 1971, as a part of the exploratory mission to Mars launched by the Soviet Union. Mars 2 was the first Soviet craft to reach the Red Planet even though it crashed and landed in an unknown location. 
  • 1999: Star Wars: Episode I premiered in theatres
    George Lucas’s first Star Wars: Episode I was released in the theatres on May 19, 1999, for the first time and later became a cult classic.
  • 2013: IIHF World Championship 
    Sweden defeated Switzerland and won the title of the 2013 World Ice Hockey Championship in their home capital city of Stockholm. 
  • 2018: Royal Wedding
    The American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry at a grand ceremony in Windsor Castle. The wedding was watched by a global audience of 1.9 billion. 

Famous Birthdays

  • Ho Chi Minh
    The famous Vietnamese revolutionary, politician and the Prime Minister of North Vietnam and later the President of Vietnam was born on this day in history on May 19, 1980. 
  • Malcolm X
    The Muslim African-American radicalist and human rights activist was born on this day in 1925 in US. He is a prominent figure in American History and a strong voice for the civil rights movement in the USA.
  • Nathuram Godse
    Nathuram Godse, the infamous Indian historical figure, who was hanged for murdering and shooting Mahatma Gandhi was born on this day in history in 1910
  • Pol Pot
    On May 19 1925, the infamous Cambodian political leader, Prime Minister and Communist leader was born. Under his barbaric regime, over 2 million died of starvation, overwork or disease in the country.  
  • Ruskin Bond
    The famous Indian author Ruskin Bond was born on May 19, 1934, and famous for writing short stories and Indian novels in diverse genres like horror, travel and adventure. 
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui
    The famous Indian actor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was born on May 19, 1974, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. He is popularly known for his performance in movies like Gangs of Wasseypur, Talash and Sacred Games.

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