What Happened 50 Years Ago Today?

Numerous things happened on any given day throughout history. Choosing May 19th as an example, one of the most notable events was the death of Nathaniel Hawthorne, who died at the age of 59, according to Yahoo News. However, it is also worth noting that Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded on the same day in 1536 after supposedly cheating on the King.

On May 19, 1913, a California governor signed the Webb-Hartley law, which prohibited immigrants without citizenship from owning farm land. Eight years later, Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, which restricted the number of incoming immigrants to the United States. This law put into place both a limit on European immigrants and a quota with which to set that restriction.

In 1994, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died on May 19th at age 64 in New York. One of the most popular first ladies in history, and married to the 35th President John F. Kennedy, she was both an editor and a fashion icon. After President Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 21, 1963, Jackie married a shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis,

Several actors and musicians celebrate birthdays on May 19th. Among them are James Fox, Peter Mayhew, The Who singer-composer Pete Townshend, actress Polly Walker, Jason Gray-Stanford and ZZ Top singer Dusty Hill.