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Historical Events

1861 - North Carolina becomes 11th and last state to secede from the Union
1895 - 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
1926 - Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies
1972 - 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat NY Nets, 4 games to 2
1985 - 38th Cannes Film Festival: "When Father Was Away on Business" directed by Emir Kusturica wins the Palme d'Or
2018 - K-pop boy band BTS are the first Koreans to perform at the Billboard Music Awards

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Famous Birthdays

1772 - William Congreve, English officer (design fire rocket)
1883 - Paul Arntzenius, Dutch painter, graphic artist and etcher, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1965)
1921 - John Harrison, British vice admiral/surgeon
1967 - Ramzi Yousef, Kuwaiti-born Pakistani terrorist
1971 - Tony Stewart, American race car driver
1981 - Iker Casillas, Spanish footballer

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Famous Deaths

1503 - Lorenzo de Medici, Italian patron (b. 1463)
1751 - Domingo Miguel Bernaube Terradellas, Spanish composer, dies at 38
1834 - Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert de Motier, nobleman, dies
1917 - Philipp von Ferrary, Italian philatelist (b. 1850)
1940 - Amar Singh, Indian cricketer (of pneumonia Indian pace bowler 1932-36), dies at 29
1956 - Andre Eugene Maurice Charlot, actor (Summer Storm), dies

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Today in History for 20th May 2019