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Calendar for May 19th, 2014

Victoria Day (Canada)

Victoria Day commemorates the May 24, 1819, birthday of Britain's Queen Victoria (who since has had a whole era named for her--the Victorian era). The British have always celebrated the birthday of the ruling monarch. After Queen Victoria's death in 1901, the people of Canada continued to mark her birthday to show loyalty to the British Empire. In the early 1890s, this day was known as Empire's Day. In 1947, the name was changed to Commonwealth Day. Today it is again known as Victoria Day, and it is a legal holiday in all Canadian provinces except Quebec.

Every Year

  • St. Dunstan's Day

  • 1530s

  • Died 1536: Anne Boleyn (Henry VIII's second wife)

  • 1780s

  • 1780: "Dark Day" in New England

  • 1840s

  • Died 1846: Robert B. Thomas, founder of The Old Farmer's Almanac

  • 1860s

  • Died 1864: Nathaniel Hawthorne (writer)

  • Born 1864: Carl Akeley (artist, biologist, & conservationist)

  • 1890s

  • 1897: Author Oscar Wilde released from jail

  • 1920s

  • Born 1925: Malcolm X (civil rights activist)

  • 1928: First Jumping Frog Jubilee in Calaveras County, California

  • 1930s

  • Born 1930: Lorraine Hansberry (playwright)

  • Died 1935: T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia")

  • Born 1939: Francis Richard Scobee (astronaut)

  • 1940s

  • 1940: 7.1-magnitude earthquake occurred in Imperial Valley, California

  • Born 1941: Nora Ephron (author & director)

  • Born 1945: Pete Townshend (musician)

  • Born 1946: Andre the Giant (wrestler & actor)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1966: Jodi Picoult (author)

  • 1970s

  • Died 1971: Ogden Nash (poet)

  • Born 1976: Kevin Garnett (basketball player)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1994: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (U.S. First Lady)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Walter Lord (author)

  • 2008: Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester threw a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals. It was the first major league no-hitter of the season

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