2021 May

May 19: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 19

May 19th is National Devil’s Food Cake Day & May Ray Day.

We’ve made it to the 139th day of the year! There are 226 days left until we reach the new year.

People who were born on May 19th all share the Taurus zodiac sign.

This day has been an important day in history for various reasons. Here we have gathered some of the most interesting historical events that happened on May 19, as well as some interesting facts about this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1999, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace was released in US cinemas? Despite huge anticipation it received mixed reviews.

Keep reading for more facts about May 19th in history!

What Happened On May 19 In History?

2019

Lauv released his single “I Like Me Better,” which earned platinum recognition in seven countries, including the USA.

2013

Sweden defeated Switzerland in the 2013 World Ice Hockey Championship.

It was the 77th event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation.
2007

The Coen brothers film “No Country for Old Men” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

It won the Best Picture award. The movie was based on the Cormac McCarthy novel.
2007

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, premiered in Anaheim, California.

At the time, it was the most expensive film ever made, with a $300 million dollar budget.
2007

Sicko, a documentary on the US healthcare system, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film was directed by Michael Moore.
1999

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace was released in US cinemas.

1997

The Lost World: Jurassic Park directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premiered in the US.

1996

STS 77 (Endeavour 11) was launched into orbit.

OTD in 1996: STS 77 (Endeavour 11) was launched into orbit.
This was the 77th Space Shuttle mission and the 11th mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. It launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission lasted 10 days and 40 minutes and completed 161 revolutions before landing – totaling a distance of over 4 million miles.
1993

A Boeing 727 crashed into mountain at Medellin Colombia.

This tragic accident killed all 132 passengers on board. The plane collided into a mountain after thunderstorms made navigation more difficult.
1992

The 27th Amendment was ratified.

The 27th Amendment certificate of ratification was printed and published in the Federal Register. This amendment prohibits Congress from raising its salary.
1926

Thomas Edison spoke on the radio for the first time at a dinner for the National Electric Light Association.

OTD in 1926: Thomas Edison spoke on the radio for the first time at a dinner for the National Electric Light Association.

Did you know that on this day, May 19th 1999, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace was released in US cinemas?