1536 – Anne Boleyn the 2nd wife of Henry VIII of England was beheaded on the 19th May 1536, for adultery, treason and incest.
1861 – Nellie Melba the Australian soprano was born on the 19th May 1861 (died 1931).
1897 – Oscar Wilde was released from Reading Gaol Prison on the 19th May 1897.
1925 – Pol Pot the Cambodian politician and 29th Prime Minister of Cambodia was born on the 19th May 1925 (died 1998).
1925 – Malcolm X the American minister and activist was born on the 19th May 1925 (died 1965).
1938 ~ Herbie Flowers the English musician specialising in bass guitar, double-bass and tuba was born Brian Keith Flowers on the 19th May 1938. He is a noted member of Blue Mink, T. Rex and Sky, and known as one of Britain’s best-known session bass-players, with contributions to recordings by Elton John, David Bowie, Lou Reed, David Essex, Harry Nilsson, Cat Stevens, George Harrison and others.
1945 – Pete Townshend the English singer-songwriter and guitarist from The Who was born on the 19th May 1945.
1947 ~ David Helfgott the Australian concert pianist was born in Melbourne on the 19th May 1947. David Helfgott’s life was the inspiration for the Oscar-winning film Shine, which he was played by Geoffrey Rush. David Helfgott’s offical website: www.DavidHelfgott.com
1949 – Dusty Hill the American singer-songwriter and bass player from ZZ Top was born on the 19th May 1949.
1951 – Joey Ramone the American singer-songwriter from Ramones was born on the 19th May 1951.
1953 ~ Roddy Lorimer the Scottish musician from The Waterboys was born on the 19th May 1953. Roddy Lorimer has also performed with Blur, Gene, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, Suede, Beyonce, Jamiriquai, Dr John and Kick Horns. YouTube video: The Whole of The Moon (1985) by The Waterboys with Roddy Lorimer…
1954 – Phil Rudd the Australian drummer from AC/DC and Buster Brown was born on the 19th May 1954.
1957 ~ James Reyne the Australian rock musician, singer and songwriter from Australian Crawl was born on the 19th May 1957 in Lagos, Nigeria.
1960 – Yazz the English singer was born on the 19th May 1960.
1962 – A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy took place at Madison Square Garden, New York City on the 19th May 1962. The highlight was Marilyn Monroe‘s rendition of Happy Birthday.
1971 – Mars 2 was launched by the Soviet Union on the 19th May 1971.
1972 – Jenny Berggren the Swedish singer-songwriter from Ace of Base was born on the 19th May 1972.
1972 – Claudia Karvan the Australian actress, producer, and screenwriter was born on the 19th May 1972.
1986 – The Firearm Owners Protection Act was signed into law by U.S. President Ronald Reagan on the 19th May 1986.
1988 – Lily Cole the English actress and model was born on the 19th May 1988.
Today in History for May 19th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…