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UPI Almanac for Monday, May 19, 2014

A queen, a former first lady and a famous soldier died on this date in history.
By United Press International   |   May 19, 2014 at 3:30 AM   |   Comments

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Today is Monday, May 19, the 139th day of 2014 with 226 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter Mars, Mercury and Saturn.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include philanthropist Johns Hopkins in 1795; American-born Nancy Astor, the first woman member of the British Parliament, in 1879; Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, in 1881; Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh in 1890; Black Muslim leader Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little; and Cambodian dictator Pol Pot, both in 1925; playwright Lorraine Hansberry ("A Raisin in the Sun") in 1930; journalist Jim Lehrer in 1934 (age 80); actor/TV talk show host David Hartman in 1935 (age 79); actor James Fox in 1939 (age 75); author Nora Ephron in 1941; British rock star Pete Townshend in 1945 (age 69); Jamaican actor/model/singer Grace Jones in 1948 (age 66); Archie Manning, College Football Hall of Fame member and father of two NFL quarterbacks, in 1949 (age 65); and rock musician Joey Ramone in 1951.


On this date in history:

In 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second of King Henry VIII's six wives and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, was beheaded.

In 1588, the Spanish Armada, assembled to invade England, set sail from Lisbon.

In 1935, renowned British soldier and author T.E. Lawrence, known as "Lawrence of Arabia," died in a motorcycle accident in England.

In 1964, it was revealed that U.S. diplomats had found at least 40 secret microphones hidden in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

In 1986, in the first direct talks between China and Taiwan in 37 years, Beijing agreed to return a cargo jet flown to the mainland by a defecting pilot.

In 1993, the Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high -- 3,500.03.

In 1994, former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died at age 64.

In 2008, mud flows in China's earthquake-hit Sichuan province engulfed and killed more than 200 relief workers.

In 2009, German scientists reported finding a possible ancestor of the human race, the fossilized remains of a 47 million-year-old primate.

In 2012, blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, who had escaped house arrest, taken refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, then spent time in a hospital, flew to the United States with his wife and two children.

In 2013, The Nikkei index jumped past 15,300 points on the Tokyo Stock Exchange -- its highest level in more than five years.


A thought for the day: Chris Hedges wrote, "The moral nihilism of celebrity culture is played out on reality television shows, most of which encourage a dark voyeurism into other people's humiliation, pain, weakness, and betrayal."

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