On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1919

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • UK War Department orders use of National Star Insignia on all airplanes

Famous Birthdays

  • Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, born in Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • Merle Miller, American biographer (d. 1986)

Famous Deaths

  • Bohumil Pazdirek, composer, dies at 80
  • Guido von List, Austrian-German occultist and novelist (Jung Diethers Heimkehr), dies at 70
  • José Santos Zelaya, President of Nicaragua (1893-1910), dies at 65