There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.

Friday May 19th

1535: French explorer Jacques Cartier discovers the St. Lawrence River.

1536: Anne Boleyn is beheaded.

1643: Massachusetts, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Haven form the United Colonies of New England (1643-84).

1777: Button Gwinnett, signer of the Declaration of Independence, is shot in a duel and died three days later.

1780: New England’s Dark Day.

1797: Adams appoints a three man commission, composed of Charles C. Pinckney, Elbridge Gerry, and John Marshall, to negotiate a settlement with France.

1850: Oliver Heaviside (PROG 1850-1925) English electrical engineer/physicist.

1857: William F. Channing and Moses G. Farmer patent the electric fire alarm system in Boston.

1864: Carl E. Akeley (MISS 1864-1926) museum taxidermist.

1873: Slime Silverman (MISS 1873-1933) founder of Variety.

1881: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (MISS 1881-1938) President of Turkey (1923-38).

1883: William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s first Wild West Show.

1890: Hồ Chí Minh (1890-1969) President of Vietnam (1945-69) who became a figurehead after Lê Duẩn became party boss in 1960.

1895: Cuban revolutionary hero José Marti is killed at the Battle of Dos Ríos.

1909: Nicholas Winton (GI 1909-2015) British stockbroker who organized the rescue of 669 children from Czechoslovakia.

1910: The Earth passes through the tail of Halley’s Comet.

1920: 10 people are killed in a shootout in Matewan, West Virginia between the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency and Chief of Police Sid Hatfield.

1921: Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014) Japanese internment-camp prisoner during WWII who was an associate of Malcolm X.

1925: Malcolm X (1925-65) Black Muslim minister.

1925: Pol Pot (SIL 1925-1998) Cambodian communist revolutionary leader of the Khmer Rouge (1963-97).

1927: Sid Grauman’s Chinese Theatre opens on Hollywood Boulevard.

1930: Lorraine Hansberry (SIL 1930-1965) playwright A Raisin in the Sun (1959).

1934: Jim Lehrer (1934- ) TV journalist PBS Newshour (1975-2011).

1939: Nancy Kwan (SIL 1939- ) Chinese-American actress The World of Suzie Wong (1960), Flower Drum Song (1961), Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993).

1941: Nora Ephron (SIL 1941-2012) director/screenwriter When Harry Met Sally… (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Bewitched (2005).

1945: Pete Townshend (BOOM 1945- ) rock musician The Who.

1949: Taiwan’s long period of political suppression (1949-87) begins.

1952: Playwright Lillian Hellman refuses to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

1958: Bobby Darin’s single Splish Splash, the first eight-track master recorded 45, is released.

1962: Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday to JFK.

1999: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is released.

2005: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, is released.