On This Day

What Happened on May 19, 1898

Historical Events

  • US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards, had to be labelled "Private Mailing Cards" until 1901, known as "souvenir cards"

Famous Birthdays

  • Julius Evola, Italian philosopher (d. 1974)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestWilliam Gladstone

William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Liberal: 1868-74, 1880-86, 1892-94), dies of heart failure at 88

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone

1898 Highlights

About May 19, 1898

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 122 years, 6 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Lost Generation
Star Sign: Taurus