Holidays Calendar for May 19, 2016

Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day is annually observed in Turkey on May 19. This holiday commemorates the day, when Mustafa Atatürk landed at the city of Samsun in 1919, and the day, when the Turkish War of Independence began.

The Vietnamese annually celebrate Hồ Chí Minh's Birthday on May 19. He was an outstanding politician of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and its first president. The birthday of Hồ Chí Minh is a very important holiday for the country.

The Greeks annually commemorate the genocide of their countrymen on May 19, on Greek Genocide Remembrance Day. This memorial day was established by the Greek parliament in 1994.

Every year Sri Lankans commemorate the soldiers who died during the Sri Lankan Civil War, lasting for almost 30 years. This observance is known as Remembrance Day.

May 19 is National Devil's Food Cake Day. This chocolate cake is America's favorite for its airy and moist texture.

Every year all Americans can make a free hepatitis testing on May 19. This event is known as Hepatitis Testing Day and it's held since 2011.

Youth of Iran annually celebrates Youth Day on Sha'aban 11 (Hijri calendar). This holiday marks birthday anniversary of Hazrat Ali Akbar, son of Imam Hussein.


This Day in History

  • 2009 Died: Robert F. Furchgott, American biochemist who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with two other scientists.
  • 1994 Died: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (née Bouvier), wife of President John Kennedy. She was the First Lady of the US from 1961 until Kennedy's assassination in 1961.
  • 1991 Croatia held an independence referendum. With 83 percent turnout, 93 percent of voters supported sovereignty and independence of Croatia.
  • 1984 Michael Larson won $110,237 in cash and prizes (equal to about $250,000 in today's money) on the television game show Press Your Luck.
  • 1982 Born: Rebecca Hall, British and American stage, film, and television actress who won the 2010 BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
  • 1980 Born: Drew Fuller, American actor and model best known for his roles as Chris Halliwell on Charmed and Trevor LeBlanc on Army Wives.
  • 1977 Born: Natalia Oreiro, Uruguayan singer-songwriter, actress, and fashion designer. Her breakout role was Milagros on Argentine TV series Muñeca Brava.
  • 1971 Died: Ogden Nash, American poet, author, and lyricist best known for his light poetry. He created over five hundred pieces of comic verse.
  • 1962 Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" for President John F. Kennedy at a celebration of his 45th birthday, 10 day before the actual date.
  • 1961 Soviet spacecraft Venera 1 became the first spacecraft to fly-by another planet by passing Venus. However, it returned no data due to the loss of radio contact.
  • 1946 Born: André the Giant (pseudonym of André René Roussimoff), French wrestler and actor best known for his role of Fezzik in The Princess Bride.
  • 1934 A military coup took place in the Kingdom of Bulgaria. Kimon Georgiev became the new Prime Minister of Bulgaria, replacing Nikola Mushanov.
  • 1925 Born: Pol Pot (born Saloth Sar), Cabodian socialist revolutionary, leader of the Khmer Rouge. He served as Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea.
  • 1921 The United States Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, restricting the number of immigrants admitted to the United States.
  • 1914 Born: Max Perutz, Austrian-born British molecular biologist who was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing it with John Kendrew.
  • 1912 Died: Bolesław Prus (born Aleksander Głowacki), Polish novelist and short story writer. His best known novels include The Doll and Pharaoh.
  • 1910 Born: Nathuram Godse, militant Hindu nationalist who is known as the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. He was hanged on November 15, 1949.
  • 1895 Died: José Martí, Cuban writer, poet, translator, revolutionary philosopher, and nationalist leader. He is one of the national heroes of the Republic of Cuba.
  • 1890 Born: Ho Chi Minh (born Nguyễn Sinh Côn), Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader who served as prime minister and president of North Vietnam.
  • 1871 Born: Walter Russell, American polymath primarily remembered for his achievements as a painter, sculptor, builder, and author.
  • 1864 Died: Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist and short story writer whose best known works include Roger Malvin's Burial and The Scarlet Letter.
  • 1825 Died: Henri de Saint-Simon, French economic and political theorist who created a political and economic ideology known as industrialism.
  • 1802 Napoleon Bonaparte established the National Order of the Legion of Honour. It is the highest decoration in France, which is divided into five degrees.
  • 1780 An unusual darkening of the day sky was observed over the New England and Eastern Canada. This event is known as New England's Dark Day.
  • 1762 Born: Johann Gottlieb Fichte, German philosopher who was one of the founding figures of German idealism, which developed from Immanuel Kant's works.
  • 1715 Died: Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, English poet and statesman. He is best known for having devised the establishment of the Bank of England.
  • 1655 The Invasion of Jamaica conducted by the English began during the Anglo-Spanish War. It was the casus belli that resulted in the actual war.
  • 1649 The Rump Parliament passed an Act declaring England to be a Commonwealth. It made England a republic for the following eleven years.
  • 1536 Died: Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII of England. She was accused of adultery, incest, and high treason and beheaded.
  • 1389 Died: Dmitry Donskoy, Prince of Moscow and Grand Prince of Vladimir. He was the first prince of Moscow to challenge Mongol authority in Russia.