On This Day

What Happened on May 19, 1944

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 240 gypsies transported to Auschwitz from Westerbork, Netherlands
  • German defense line in Italy collapses

Famous Birthdays

  • Peter Mayhew, British-American actor ( Chewbacca in Star Wars), born in London, England (d. 2019)

Famous Deaths

  • Godfrey Wilson, British Anthropologist of social change and colonial problems in Africa, commits suicide as a conscientious objector in WW II