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Today in History
Sunday, 19 May 2019
1991
Croatians vote for independence in a referendum.
1971
Mars probe program: ''Mars 2'' is launched by the Soviet Union.
1962
A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe's rendition of ''Happy Birthday''.
1961
Venera program: ''Venera 1'' becomes the first man-made object to fly-by another planet by passing Venus (the probe had lost contact with Earth a month earlier and did not send back any data).
1950
A barge containing munitions destined for Pakistan explodes in the harbor at South Amboy, New Jersey, devastating the city.
1943
World War II: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt set Monday, May 1, 1944 as the date for the Normandy landings ("D-Day"). It would later be delayed over a month due to bad weather.
1922
The Young Pioneer organization of the Soviet Union is established.
1921
The U.S. Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act establishing national quotas on immigration.
1919
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating what is later termed the Turkish War of Independence. The anniversary of this event is also regarded as a date of remembrance for Pontic Greeks on the Greek genocide.
1897
Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol.
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