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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Five paintings worth €100 million are stolen from the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.ref name=sky
Scientists announce that they have created a functional synthetic genome.
Protests in Bangkok, Thailand, end with a bloody military crackdown, killing 91 and injuring more than 2,100.ref name=deaths

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

President Mahinda Rajapaksa declares Sri Lanka liberated from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8056752.stm (BBC) //www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE54I0J420090519 (Reuters)
Sri Lanka announces victory in its 27 year war against the terrorist organisation Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, tenders his resignation from the country's ruling political party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7408020.stm (BBC News)

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Jeremy Sivits pleads guilty in a court-martial in connection with alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.

Wednesday, May 19, 1999

The Indian Air Force launches an attack on intruding Pakistan Army troops and mujahideen militants in Kashmir.
"Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" is released in theaters. It becomes the highest grossing "Star Wars" film.
The first Welsh Assembly in over 600 years opens in Cardiff.
The 1999 UEFA Chions League Final takes place at the C Nou Stadium, Barcelona in which the English side Manchester United defeat German side Bayern Munich 2-1.

Tuesday, May 19, 1998

The Galaxy IV communications satellite fails, leaving 80–90% of the world's pagers without service.

Sunday, May 19, 1991

Mengistu Haile Mariam, president of the People\'s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, flees Ethiopia, effectively bringing the Ethiopian Civil War to an end.
In Sriperumbudur, India, former Prime MinisterRajiv Gandhi is assassinated at a public meeting in Sriperumbudur, by suicide bomber Thenmozhi Rajaratnam many others are killed in the explosion.

Saturday, May 19, 1990

Cold War: The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.
An Israeli gunman kills 7 Palestinians, leading to bloody riots in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip and West Bank.
The US and the USSR agree to end production of chemical weapons and to destroy most of their stockpiles of chemical weapons.

Sunday, May 19, 1985

John Anthony Walker Jr., is arrested by the FBI for passing classified Naval communications to the Soviet Union.

Friday, May 19, 1978

May 20 ndash French Foreign Legionparatroopers land in Kolwezi, Zaire, to rescue Europeans in the middle of a civil war.

Saturday, May 19, 1973

Secretariat wins the Preakness Stakes.

Friday, May 19, 1972

Three out of 6 bombs explode in the Springer Press building in Hamburg, Germany, injuring 17 the Red Army Faction claims responsibility.

Wednesday, May 19, 1971

Mars probe program: "Mars 2" is launched by the Soviet Union.

Thursday, May 19, 1966

The Nigerian government forbids all political activity in the country until January 17, 1969.
Ugandan army troops arrest Mutesa II of Buganda and occupy his palace.
Explorer program: "Explorer 32" is launched.
Gertrude Baniszewski is found guilty of murdering and torturing Sylvia Likens and is sentenced to life in prison. (she is released on parole in December 1985).

Tuesday, May 19, 1964

The United States State Department says that more than 40 hidden microphones have been found embedded in the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
Pablo Picasso paints his fourth "Head of a Bearded Man".
Mrs. Madeline Dassault, 63, wife of a French plane manufacturer and politician, is kidnapped while leaving her car in front of her Paris home she is found unharmed the next day in a farmhouse from Paris.

Friday, May 19, 1961

"Venera 1" becomes the first man-made object to fly-by another planet by passing Venus (however, the probe had lost contact with Earth a month earlier and does not send back any data).

Wednesday, May 19, 1943

Winston Churchill addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

Monday, May 19, 1941

The Viet Minh is formed in Vietnam to overthrow the French Army in the nation.

Sunday, May 19, 1940

Holocaust: The Nazi German concentration and extermination c Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the German concentration cs, opens in occupied Poland near the town of Oświęcim. Between May 1940 and January 1945, around 1.1 million people will be killed here.
General Maxime Weygand replaces Maurice Gamelin as commander-in-chief of all French forces.
WWII: German forces (2nd Panzer division), under General Rudolf Veiel, reach Noyelles on the English Channel.

Sunday, May 19, 1935

T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") dies in a motorcycle accident in Dorset, England.

Saturday, May 19, 1934

Kimon Georgiev stages a coup d'etat in Bulgaria.

Friday, May 19, 1922

Wednesday, May 19, 1920

Monday, May 19, 1919

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, marking the start of the Turkish War of Independence. The anniversary of this event is also an official day of Turkish Youth.

Wednesday, May 19, 1897

Oscar Wilde is released from prison.

Thursday, May 19, 1892

Battle of Yemoja River: British troops defeat Ijebu infantry in modern-day Nigeria, using a maxim gun.

Wednesday, May 19, 1858

The Marais des Cygnes massacre is perpetrated by pro-slavery forces in Bleeding Kansas.

Wednesday, May 19, 1852

Taiping Rebellion: The siege of Guilin is lifted.

Friday, May 19, 1848

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War, is ratified by the Mexican government. (cf. February 2, above.)

Monday, May 19, 1845

HMS \\\\\\'\\\\\\'Erebus\\\\\\'\\\\\\' and HMS \\\\\'\\\\\'Terror\\\\\'\\\\\' with 134 men, comprising Sir John Franklin's expedition to find the Northwest Passage, sail from Greenhithe on the Thames. They will last be seen in August entering Baffin Bay.
HMS "Erebus" and HMS "Terror" with 134 men, comprising Sir John Franklin's expedition to find the Northwest Passage, sail from Greenhithe on the Thames. They will last be seen in August entering Baffin Bay.

Thursday, May 19, 1842

Dorr Rebellion: Militiamen supporting Thomas Wilson Dorr attack the arsenal in Providence, Rhode Island, but are repulsed.

Thursday, May 19, 1836

Fort Parker massacre: Among those captured by Native Americans is nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker she later gives birth to a son named Quanah, who becomes the last chief of the Comanche.

Thursday, May 19, 1803

Master Malati, a Coptic Christian leader, is beheaded by a Muslim mob in Cairo, Egypt.

Wednesday, May 19, 1802

Napoleon Bonaparte establishes the French "Légion d'honneur" (Legion of Honour).

Friday, May 19, 1780

New England's Dark Day: An unaccountable darkness spreads over New England, regarded by some observers as a fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
New England\'s Dark Day: An unaccountable darkness spreads over New England, regarded by some observers as a fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

Friday, May 19, 1769

Pope Clement XIV succeeds Pope Clement XIII as the 249th pope.

Monday, May 19, 1749

King George II of Great Britain grants the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.

Saturday, May 19, 1714

July ndash The British Parliament votes to offer a reward for such person or persons as shall discover the Longitude. (£10,000 for any method capable of determining a ship's longitude within 1 degree £15,000, within 40 minutes, and £20,000 within 1/2 a degree)
Queen Anne of Great Britain refuses to allow members of the House of Hanover to settle in Britain during her lifetime.ref name=CBH

Thursday, May 19, 1712

Peter the Great moves the capital of the Russia from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
Battle of Villmergen: Reformed cantons of Switzerland defeat the Catholic cantons.
Battle of Denain: The French defeat a combined Dutch-Austrian force.

Wednesday, May 19, 1649

Tuesday, May 19, 1643

Battle of Rocroi: The French defeat the Spanish at Rocroi, France.

Sunday, May 19, 1585

Spain seizes English ships in Spanish ports,ref name=CBH precipitating the Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604).

Sunday, May 9, 1568 (Julianian calendar)

Tuesday, May 9, 1536 (Julianian calendar)

Anne Boleyn, Queen Consort of Henry VIII of England is executed in the Tower of London.

Sunday, May 9, 1535 (Julianian calendar)

French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail for his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnacona's two sons (taken by Cartier during his first voyage).

Tuesday, May 10, 1418 (Julianian calendar)

Paris is captured by John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy.
The Portuguese lift the Siege of Ceuta.
The first Portuguese settlers move to the Madeira Islands.
September ndash The EnglishSiege of Rouen begins.

Thursday, May 11, 1396 (Julianian calendar)

Martin I succeeds his brother, John I, as King of Aragon (now north-east Spain).

Tuesday, May 11, 1389 (Julianian calendar)

Vasili I becomes Grand Prince of Moscow after the death of his father, Dmitri Donskoi.

Monday, May 13, 1051 (Julianian calendar)

Henry I of France marries Anne of Kiev at the cathedral of Reims.
William of Normandy fights for his life and crown in Normandy.

Wednesday, May 15, 715 (Julianian calendar)

Pope Gregory II succeeds Pope Constantine as the 89th pope.
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