What Happened on May 19, 1928

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • "Firedamp" explodes in Mather Pa coal mine killing 195 of 273 miners
  • 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp, Cal)
  • 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4

Famous Birthdays

  • Colin Chapman, English automotive engineer and founder of Lotus Cars, born in Richmond (d. 1982)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (d. 1998)

Famous Deaths

  • Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert, composer, dies at 59
  • Max Scheler, German philosopher, dies at 53