Saturday, May 19. 2012. Here’s the history for this day…
1749 – King George II of Great Britain grants the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.
1776 – American Revolutionary War: A Continental Army garrison surrenders in the Battle of The Cedars.
Marilyn Monroe Happy Birthday
1828 – U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828 into law, protecting wool manufacturers in the United States.
1848 – Mexican-American War: Mexico ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo thus ending the war and ceding California, Nevada, Utah and parts of four other modern-day U.S. states to the United States for US$15 million.
1864 – American Civil War: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ends.
1921 – The U.S. Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act establishing national quotas on immigration.
1943 – World War II: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt set Monday, May 1, 1944 as the date for the Normandy landings (“D-Day”). It would later be delayed over a month due to bad weather.
1950 – A barge containing munitions destined for Pakistan explodes in the harbor at South Amboy, New Jersey, devastating the city.
1962 – A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe‘s rendition of “Happy Birthday“.
1986 – The Firearm Owners Protection Act is signed into law by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
2001 – Apple Store, the first two Apple Stores opened in Tysons Corner, Virginia and the same day in Glendale, California at Glendale Galleria.
1795 – Johns Hopkins, American philanthropist (d. 1873)
1890 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese leader (d. 1969)
1925 – Malcolm X, American civil rights activist (d. 1965)
1925 – Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (d. 1998)
1945 – Pete Townshend, English singer-songwriter, musician, and author (The Who, Deep End, and Thunderclap Newman)
1946 – André the Giant, French wrestler and actor (d. 1993)
1948 – Grace Jones, Jamaican singer-songwriter and actress
1959 – Nicole Brown Simpson, American murder victim, wife of O. J. Simpson (d. 1994)
2003 – Camoflauge, American rapper (b. 1981)