19th May

The events happened on 19th May are :

1884 : Ringling Brothers circus formed : On this day Charles, Albert, Otto, Alfred, and John Ringling, the sons of August Rüngeling, a German-born harness maker, organized a small circus and opened it in their hometown, Baraboo, Wisconsin, from which they toured the American Midwest. After the opening of the circus in 1884, their progress was slow until the Ringlings acquired their first elephant in 1888, after which the circus expanded rapidly. They acquired the Forepaugh-Sells Circus in 1906 and the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1907, thus becoming the leading circus in the country.

1930 : American playwright Lorraine Hansberry was born in Chicago.

1890 : Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese founder of the Indochina Communist Party (1930) and its successor, the Viet Minh (1941), and president (1945–69) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), was born in Hoang Tru, Vietnam, French Indochina.

1802 : Napoleon Bonaparte, then first consul of France, created the Legion of Honour, the premier order of the French republic.

1643 : During the Thirty Years' War, the French army defeated the Spanish army in the Battle of Rocroi, ending Spain's military ascendancy in Europe.

1571 : Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi established the city of Manila in the Philippines.

1536 : Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII of England and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, found guilty on charges of adultery, was beheaded.

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