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.