Today in History for 19th May 2021

Historical Events

1780 – About midday, near-total darkness descends on New England, now known to be caused by forest fires in Canada
1928 – 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
1968 – Pirate Radio Brumble of Northern England 1st heard
1972 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1999 – Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson is released in cinemas
2019 – 64th Eurovision Song Contest won by Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands

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Famous Birthdays

1755 – Gabriele Prota, composer
1928 – Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, 1948-63) and coach (76ers, 1963-66; Buffalo Braves, 1970-72)) and coach, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
1954 – Rick Cerone, catcher (Yankees/Red Sox/Mets/Expos), born in Newark, New Jersey
1963 – Filippo Galli, Italian footballer
1970 – K. J. Choi, South Korean golfer (Players C’ship 2011; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Wando, South Korea
1977 – Brandon Inge, American baseball player

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Famous Deaths

1389 – Dmitri Donskoi, Grand Prince of Muscovy (b. 1350)
1715 – Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, English poet and statesman, dies at 54
1915 – John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)
1970 – Tadeusz Breza, Polish writer (The Bronze Gate), dies at 64
1997 – Millie, dog of US President George H. W. Bush (Millie’s Book), dies at 12
2011 – Garret FitzGerald, Irish politician and former Taoiseach (b. 1926)

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