May 19th

2011
Katie Couric, the first regular solo anchorwoman of a network evening newscast, signed off the 'CBS Evening News' for the last time after five years.
2005
'Revenge of the Sith', the final chapter of the 'Star Wars' saga, opened in movie theaters.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
2004
Specialist Jeremy C. Sivits received a year in prison and a bad conduct discharge in the first court-martial stemming from abuse of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison.
Jeremy Sivits
2001
Apple, Inc. opened its first retail stores, in Tysons Corner, Va., and Glendale, Calif.
Apple Store
1994
Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in New York at age 64.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
1992
The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibited Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises, went into effect.
United States Constitution
1967
The Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States and Britain banning nuclear weapons from outer space.
Outer Space Treaty
1963
Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail is published. King used the open letter to defend his nonviolent resistance against racism and segregation. It became one of the central texts for the civil rights movement in the United States.
Letter from Birmingham Jail
1962
Marilyn Monroe performs her famous rendition of Happy Birthday. Monroe gave her sultry performance, which was to be her last, at a party for U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The two are believed to have been engaged in an affair.
Happy Birthday, Mr. President
1959
The North Vietnamese Army begins organizing the Ho Chi Minh trail. According to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), the system of supply routes used by the “Vietcong” was “one of the greatest achievements of military engineering of the 20th century.”
Viet Cong
1935
British author and soldier, T. E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia," died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.
1928
The first annual Calaveras County "Frog Jumping Jubilee" was held in Angel's Camp, California.
1921
Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, establishing national quotas for immigrants.
Emergency Quota Act
1919
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk sets off the Turkish War of Independence. The fight against the allies of the Triple Entente ended some four years later. The Republic of Turkey was founded, and Atatürk became its first President.
Turkish War of Independence
1898
US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards though they had to be labelled "Private Mailing Cards" until 1901 and become known as "souvenir cards".
Postcard
1885
German chancellor Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon and Togoland.
German East Africa
1743
Jean-Pierre Christin invents the Celsius thermometer. The centigrade temperature scale, which is based on the freezing and boiling point of water, is used by most countries around the world. Exceptions include the United State, Belize, and Palau.
Jean-Pierre Christin
1649
England is declared a Commonwealth by an act of the Long Parliament making England a republic for the next 11 years.
Commonwealth of England
1643
The colonies of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Harbor met to form the New England Confederation.
Massachusetts Bay Colony
1588
The 130-ship-strong Spanish Armada set sail for England. It was defeated in August.
Spanish Armada
1536
Ann Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason.
Anne Boleyn