On This Day

On This Day in History for May 19 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1981 5 British Army soldiers are killed when their armoured vehicle is ripped apart by a Provisional Irish Republican Army roadside bomb near Bessbrook, County Armagh
  • 1983 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 506
  • 1984 STS 41-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 1986 Anti-apartheid activist Hélène Pastoors sentenced to 10 yrs in South Africa
  • 1988 Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US
  • 1989 Dow Jones Avg passes 2,500 mark for 1st time, closes at 2,501.1
  • 1992 27th Amendment ratified, prohibits Congress from raising its salary
  • 1992 Amy Fisher shoots Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the face in an altercation over an affair with her husband, in Massapequa, New York
  • 1992 Englishman Dave Gauder, 224 lbs, pulls 196 ton jumbo jet, 3 inches
  • 1993 Boeing 727 crashes into mountain at Medellin Colombia, kills 132
  • 1993 Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for 1st time (3,500.03)
  • 1995 World's youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, 17, graduates Mount Sinai
  • 1996 STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit
  • 1999 Andrew Motion is appointed British Poet Laureate for 10 years, the first to request a definite term
  • 2009 Sri Lanka announces victory in its 25-year war against the terrorist organisation, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, project to search for dark matter, led by Samuel C. C. Ting, installed on the International Space Station

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Samuel C. C. Ting
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Samuel C. C. Ting

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2015 Historic first handshake between Prince Charles and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • 2015 UK inflation is recorded as a negative for the first time since 1960
  • 2016 EgyptAir flight MS804 goes missing over the Mediterranean on route Paris to Cairo
  • 2019 US billionaire Robert F. Smith announces he will pay off college loans of nearly 400 students of the graduating class of Morehouse College, Atlanta
  • 2020 Greenhouse gas emissions dropped 17% worldwide in April 2020 when world was in lockdown, in study published in "Nature Climate Change"
  • 2020 Two dams on Tittabawassee River in central Michigan breached by floodwaters, forcing evacuation of thousands of residents
  • 2021 New York City begins re-opening after 423 days (March 2020) with the COVID-19 death toll at 33,000
  • 2021 The EU agrees to open its borders to vaccinated travelers from safe countries
  • 2021 World's largest iceberg 'A-76' at 1,667-square-miles (4,320 square km) calves off the Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica [1]
  • 2021 Israel and Hamas agree to a bilateral ceasefire in Gaza after nearly two weeks of fighting, amid international diplomatic efforts
  • 2021 Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announces a 'circuit-breaker lockdown' as the country records over 39,000 daily COVID-19 cases
  • 2161 Syzygy: 8 of 9 planets aligned on same side of sun

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