Looking Back: On May 19…

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monroeIn 1743, French physicist Jean-Pierre Christin published the design of a mercury thermometer with the centigrade scale, with 0 representing the freezing point of water and 100 its boiling point.

In 1845, Capt. Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition departed from Greenhithe, England; the entire 129-man complement was lost.

In 1943, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt set Monday, May 11944, as the date for the Normandy landings during World War II. What became known as “D-Day” was delayed over a month due to bad weather.

In 1962, during a televised birthday celebration for President John F. Kennedy at New York City‘s Madison Square Garden, actress and model Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of “Happy Birthday to You.”

In 1963, the “New York Post” Sunday Magazine published Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  Letter from Birmingham Jail, drafted shortly after his arrest on April 12 during the Birmingham campaign advocating for civil rights and an end to segregation in Birmingham, Ala. The letter was in response to “A Call for Unity,” a statement made by eight white Alabama clergymen against King and his methods following his arrest. King’s letter became one of the most-anthologized statements of the civil rights movement.

In 1971Mars 2 was launched by the Soviet Union.

In 1986, the Firearm Owners Protection Act was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.

In 1991, Croatians voted for independence in a referendum.

In 1997, the Sierra Gorda Biosphere, which encompasses the most ecologically diverse region in Mexico, was established as a result of grassroots efforts.


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