On This Day

What Happened on May 19, 1928

Historical Events

  • "Firedamp" explodes in Mather coal mine, Pennsylvania, killing 195 of 273 miners
  • 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp, California)
  • 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 interestDolph Schayes

Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, 1948-63) and coach (76ers, 1963-66; Buffalo Braves, 1970-72)) and coach, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes

Famous Deaths

  • Henry F. Gilbert, American composer, and folk song collector, dies at 59
  • Max Scheler, German philosopher, dies at 53
1928 Highlights

About May 19, 1928

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 93 years, 4 months and 30 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus