By The Associated Press
Today’s highlight in the story:
On May 19, 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII of England, was beheaded after being found guilty of adultery.
To this date :
In 1780, a mysterious darkness enveloped much of New England and parts of Canada in the early afternoon.
In 1913, California Governor Hiram Johnson signed the Webb-Hartley Act barring “aliens ineligible for citizenship” from owning farmland, a measure targeting Asian immigrants, particularly Japanese.
In 1920, ten people were killed in a shootout between coal miners, who were led by a local police chief, and a group of private security guards hired to evict them for joining a union in Matewan, a small “company town” in the West. Virginia.
In 1921, Congress passed and President Warren G. Harding signed the Emergency Quota Act, which established national quotas for immigrants.
In 1943, in his second wartime speech to the United States Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged his country’s full support in the fight against Japan; that evening, Churchill met with President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House, where the two leaders agreed on May 1, 1944 as the date for the D-Day invasion of France (the operation ended up being launched more than a month later).
In 1962, movie star Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday to You” to President John F. Kennedy at a Democratic fundraiser in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
In 1967, the Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States and Great Britain, banning nuclear and other weapons from space as well as celestial bodies such as the moon. (The treaty entered into force in October 1967.)
In 1989, “Do the Right Thing”, directed by Spike Lee, starring Danny Aiello and Ossie Davis, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival by director Spike Lee.
In 1993, the Clinton White House unleashed a political storm by abruptly firing all of its travel office staff; five of the seven staff members were later reinstated and assigned to other duties.
In 1994, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in New York at the age of 64.
In 2003, WorldCom Inc. agreed to pay investors $500 million to settle civil fraud charges.
In 2018, Britain’s Prince Harry married American actress Meghan Markle in a service that reflected Harry’s royal heritage and his wife’s biracial roots, as well as their shared commitment to giving the monarchy a more diverse and modern face. .
In 2020, a Trump administration policy of quickly deporting most migrants arrested along the border due to the COVID-19 pandemic was extended indefinitely.
Ten years ago: Chen Guangcheng (chehn gwahng-chung), a blind Chinese legal activist, was hastily taken from a hospital and boarded a plane for the United States, ending a close diplomatic battle of a month that had tested US-China relations.
Five years ago: Sweden dropped an investigation into the rape of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who remained holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid arrest and possible extradition to the United States United to face charges stemming from the release of thousands of pages of classified documents. Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, DN.Y., whose penchant for sexting strangers ended his political career, pleaded guilty in Manhattan to a sex charge, tearfully apologizing for communications with a 15 year old girl. (Weiner received a 21-month prison sentence.) Moderate Iranian President Hassan Rohani (hah-SAHN’ roh-HAH’-nee) defeated a hard-line challenger to secure re-election.
A year ago: The House voted to establish an independent commission on the deadly January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, sending the legislation to the Senate. (Senate Republicans are said to be blocking the panel’s creation.) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to pursue a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, pushing back against calls from the United States to end the operation.
Today’s birthdays: TV personality David Hartman turns 87. Actor James Fox is 83 years old. Actress Nancy Kwan is 83 years old.
Rock singer-songwriter Pete Townshend (The Who) is 77. Concert pianist David Helfgott is 75 years old. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Archie Manning is 73. Actor-singer Grace Jones is 71 years old. Rock musician Phil Rudd is 68 years old. Iain Harvie (Del Amitri) is 60 years old. Actor Polly Walker is 56 years old. Actor Jason Gray-Stanford is 52 years old. Gospel singer Israel Houghton is 51. Rock singer Jenny Berggren (Ace of Base) is 50 years old. Former racing driver Dario Franchitti is 49 years old. TV personality Kim Zolciak Biermann (TV: “Real Housewives of Atlanta”) is 44 years old. Country/rock singer Shooter Jennings is 43 years old. Actor Drew Fuller is 42 years old. Actor-comedian Michael Che (chay) (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 39 years old. Christian rock musician Tim McTague (Underoath) is 39. Actor Eric Lloyd is 36 years old. Pop singer Sam Smith is 30 years old. Actor Nolan Lyons is 21 years old.