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 This day in History - May 19
369 Historic Events for May 19
1885

Jan Matzeliger begins 1st mass production of shoes

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1885

German chancellor Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon and Togoland

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1885

1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)

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1886

Camille Saint-Sa‰ns' 3rd Symphony in C, premieres

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1887

Pieter Bluss‚ van Alblas, liberal minister of Finance, dies at 75

Death
1890

Ho Chi Minh, trail blazer/leader of Vietnam (1946, 1969)

Birth
1890

Gus Kempis, cricketer (S Africa's 1st Test), dies of fever at 24

Death
1891

Rice Institute, which became Rice University, is chartered

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1892

National Society of Colonial Dames of America founded

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1892

Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer

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1892

Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian author (Povestj Zjizni) [OS]

Birth
1893

Heavy rain wash "quick clay" into a deep valley, kills 111 (Norway)

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1895

Albert Hay Malotte, composer

Birth
1895

Jos‚ J Marti y Perez, Spanish/Cuban poet (Versos sencillos), dies

Death
1895

Cecil Gray, composer

Birth
1896

1st auto (Benz) to arrive in Netherlands

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1896

Michael Balcon, Birmingham England, producer/father of Jill Balcon

Birth
1898

Post Office authorizes use of postcards

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1899

Leonid Maksimovich Leonov, novelist/playwright

Birth
1900

Great Britain annexes Tonga archipelago

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1900

World's longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) links Italy and Switz, opens

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1901

Ivo Cruz, composer

Birth
1901

Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st pres Rep South-Africa, dies at 81

Death
1902

Great Britain and Boers resume peace talks in Pretoria

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1903

Arthur Shrewsbury, cricketer (1277 runs at 35 47 in 23 Tests), dies

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