May 19 is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 226 days remaining until the end of the year.  There are many by great and memorable events that have occurred on on this day, these are just a few.

  • May 19 is also known as:
    • National Devil’s Food Cake Day
      • This day is enjoyed by chocolate lovers everywhere.  Devil’s Food Cake is different from normal chocolate cake in that it is usually darker and more moist and airy.  Devil’s Food cake usually uses coco instead of regular chocolate, and you can also add coffee to it as well.
      • You can celebrate this day by having some delicious Devil’s Food Cake and by using #Devil’sFoodCakeDay to post on social media.
    • National May Ray Day
      • Celebrate this day by going outside and enjoy some fun in the sun and soaking up some rays.  Find a nice relaxing place and sit and enjoy the beautiful weather.
      • Make sure you use the #NationalMayRayDay to post on social media.
    • Historical Events
      • On May 19 1780 New England’s Dark Day: A combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud cover causes complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 10:30 A.M.
      • On May 19 1942 In the aftermath of the Battle of the Coral Sea, Task Force 16 heads to Pearl Harbor.
      • On May 19 1950  A barge containing munitions destined for Pakistan explodes in the harbor at South Amboy, New Jersey, devastating the city.
      • On May 19 1856  U.S. Senator Charles Sumner spoke out against slavery.
      • On May 19 1864 The Union and Confederate armies launched their last attacks against each other at Spotsylvania in Virginia.
      • On May 19 1926  Benito Mussolini announced that democracy was deceased. Rome became a fascist state.
      • On May 19 1967 U.S. planes bombed Hanoi for the first time.
      • On May 19 1992 The 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises.
      • On May 19 1999  “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” was released in the U.S. It set a new record for opening day sales at 28.5 million.
    • Birthdays
      • Sam Smith (24)
      • Yo Gotti (35)
      • Andre the Giant (1946-1993)
      • Malcolm X (1925-1965)
      • Kevin Garnett (40)
      • Grace Jones (68)
      • Peter Mayhew (72)
      • Mario Chalmers (30)
      • Archie Manning (67)
      • Victoria Wood (1953-2016)
      • Pete Townshend (71)
      • Joey Ramone (1951-2001)
      • Ho Chi Minh (1890-1961)
      • Pol Pot (1925-1998)

 

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