On This Day In History, 19 May


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World Events Today

  • Henry VIII had his second wife Anne Boleyn beheaded today in 1536, the charges were adultery, incest and treason
  • The Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, was released from Reading Gaol today in 1897, he had served 2 years hard labour for gross indecency
  • Prince Charles, on a visit to Ireland, shook hands with the Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams today in 2015, it was the first meeting between Sinn Féin’s leadership and a Royal Family member

Entertainment Events Today

  • Marilyn Monroe sang, “Happy Birthday, Mr President”, for John F Kennedy today in 1962, it was 10 days before his actual 45th birthday
  • After a decade of exile, related to tax offences, the Italian actress Sophia Loren was arrested and jailed today in 1982, when she returned home

Family Events Today

  • Nguyen Sinh Cung, better known as the North Vietnamese revolutionary and politician Ho Chi Minh, was born today in 1890
  • The English singer-songwriter Pete Townshend, a co-founder of the rock band The Who, one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, was born today in 1945 in Middlesex
  • Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle, married today in 2018 at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom

Main Event Today

  • The high altar at the medieval cathedral, the Notre-Dame de Paris, was consecrated today in 1182

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Devil’s Food Cake Day

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