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May 19 Today's Highlights in History

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Wednesday, May 19
The 139 day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On May 19, 1935, T.E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia," died in England from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. (Go to article.)

On May 19, 1890, Ho Chi Minh, the founder of the Indochina Communist Party and president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam from 1954 to 1969, was born. Following his death on Sept. 2, 1969, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On May 19, 1888, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about temperance legislation in New York. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1536    Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England's King Henry VIII, was beheaded after being convicted of adultery.

1588    The Spanish Armada set sail for England.

1925    Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Neb.

1962    Actress Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday" for President John F. Kennedy during a fund-raiser at New York's Madison Square Garden.

1964    The State Department disclosed that 40 hidden microphones had been found in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

1967    The Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States and Britain banning nuclear weapons from outer space.

1992    Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown" because the title character chose to have a child out of wedlock.

1992    Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot and seriously wounded in Massapequa, N.Y., by her husband Joey's teenage lover, Amy Fisher.

1992    The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises, went into effect.

1994    Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in New York at age 64.

2003    WorldCom Inc. agreed to pay investors $500 million to settle civil fraud charges.

2004    Specialist Jeremy C. Sivits received a year in prison and a bad conduct discharge in the first court-martial stemming from abuse of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison.

2005    "Revenge of the Sith," the final chapter of the "Star Wars" saga, opened in movie theaters.

Current Birthdays

Pete Townshend turns 65 years old today.

AP Photo/David J. Phillip Rock musician Pete Townshend (The Who) turns 65 years old today.

76    Jim Lehrer
Broadcast journalist

75    David Hartman
TV personality

66    Peter Mayhew
Actor ("Star Wars")

61    Dusty Hill
Rock musician (ZZ Top)

58    Grace Jones
Singer, actress, model

34    Kevin Garnett
Basketball player

Historic Birthdays

Ho Chi Minh

5/19/1890 - 9/2/1969
Indochinese leader; president of Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) from 1945 to 1969
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85    Jacob Jordaens
5/19/1593 - 10/18/1678
Belgian artist; painted scenes of peasant life

51    Johann Gottlieb Fichte
5/19/1762 - 1/27/1814
German philosopher and patriot

78    Johns Hopkins
5/19/1795 - 12/24/1873
American merchant; endowed Johns Hopkins University and hospital

81    John Jacob Abel
5/19/1857 - 5/26/1938
American pharmacologist and physiological chemist

84    Nancy Witcher Astor
5/19/1879 - 5/2/1964
American-born English politician; first woman in the British House of Commons

74    Percy Williams
5/19/1908 - 11/29/1982
Canadian Olympic gold medal sprinter (1928)

72    Pol Pot
5/19/1925 - 4/15/1998
Cambodian leader of the Khmer Rouge

39    Malcolm X
5/19/1925 - 2/21/1965
American black militant leader

34    Lorraine Hansberry
5/19/1930 - 1/12/1965
American playwright; wrote "Raisin in the Sun"

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