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Famous People & Celebrities Born on May 19th:

  • Ho Chi Minh
    (1890) - He was the first president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh died on September 3, 1969. In 1976 the Vietnam city of Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Malcolm X
    (1925) - He was born with the name of Malcolm Little but changed his name to Malcolm X in 1952. In the 1960s he was described by the press as "The angriest Negro in America." Malcolm X was assassinated at the age of 39 on February 21, 1965. His last recorded words prior to the assassination were, "Let's cool it, brothers."
  • Jim Lehrer
    (1934) - PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer
  • David Hartman
    (1935) - Actor and former Good Morning America host.
  • Nancy Kwan
    (1939) - Actress. Flower Drum Song (1961), The World of Suzie Wong (1960).
  • Nora Ephron
    (1941) - Film director and writer. Director of You've Got Mail (1998), Michael (1996), Mixed Nuts (1994), Sleepless in Seattle (1993).
  • Pete Townshend
    (1945) - The Who. Townshend's mother enlisted little Pete to help lure men into her charms. Townshend claims his mother would put him into a stroller at the bottom of a steep hill and then pretend to have a hard time pushing the carriage. Inevitably, a man would rush to her assistance and she'd ask him for a date. Hits: "Pinball Wizard" (1969), "My Generation" (1965)
  • Dusty Hill
    (1949) - ZZ Top. "Legs" (1984)
  • Grace Jones
    (1952) - Jamaican singer and model. Played May Day in James Bond flick A View To A Kill (1985). Grace states she was born in 1952 not 1948 as incorrectly reported by some sources.
  • Joey Ramone
    (1952) - His real name was Jeff Hyman. The Ramones came up with the band name courtesy of Paul McCartney, who once referred to himself as "Phil Ramone." Prior to his death in 2001, Joey stated that he was born in 1952 not 1951 as reported by some sources.
  • Steve Ford
    (1956) - The actor is the son of President Gerald Ford. In 1976, Steve invited musician Peter Frampton to -- in his words -- "come hang out" at the White House. Flicks: Black Hawk Down (2001), Armageddon (1998), Starship Troopers (1997), Contact (1997), When Harry Met Sally (1989).
  • Nicole Brown Simpson
    (1959) - Sometime after 10 p.m. on the evening of June 12, 1994, Nicole and her friend, Ron Goldman, were murdered in Los Angeles. Her former husband, O.J. Simpson, was charged with the murders, but in 1995 a jury found Simpson innocent of the slayings. A civil trial later found Simpson liable for the deaths. There are several bizarre theories about the murder case. A San Diego clairvoyant claims Nicole's spirit told him a "fat slob" held down both victims while a short white man slashed them. Another theory suggests O.J.'s inspiration to commit the murders came after he watched The Jagged Edge, a 1985 Glenn Close film which depicts a gruesome knife slashing that takes place on June 12, 1985 -- exactly nine years before Nicole and Ron's murders.
  • Eric Lloyd
    (1986) - Actor. Jesse TV series. Flicks: My Giant (1998), Deconstructing Harry (1997), The Santa Clause (1994).
Famous and Noteworthy Events on May 19th:
(1536) - Henry VIII ordered the beheading of Anne Boleyn. Some historians say the beheading was retaliation for Anne's adultery with several men including her own brother. Other historians say Anne didn't commit adultery and that Henry ordered the beheading only because of Anne's constant nagging. Henry himself claimed Anne possessed six fingers on one hand and three nipples on her breast, proving she must be a witch.

(1911) - The very first U.S. criminal conviction based on fingerprints took place in a New York City courtroom. The crook was a small-time burglar named Caesar Cella. Even back then, fingerprint technology wasn't new. In 1892 an Argentine police official made the first criminal fingerprint identification when he identified a woman who had murdered her two sons and cut herself in an attempt to place the blame on another. It was her bloody fingerprint left behind on a door post that proved her identity as the murderer.

(1960) - The radio payola scandal hit its peak when disc jockey Alan Freed -- the originator of the term "rock 'n' roll" -- was arrested on charges of accepting bribes from record companies.

(1964) - It was discovered the Russians had bugged the U.S. Embassy in Moscow with more than 40 microphones hidden in the wall's of the embassy.

(1992) - Vice President Dan Quayle blasted Murphy Brown, saying the TV character was a symbol of moral decay because she was an unwed mother.

(1996) - The last original Murder, She Wrote episode was broadcast, ending a 12-year run on CBS.

(1997) - NBC sportscaster Marv Albert answered charges that he had bitten a woman in a Virginia hotel room 15 times and forced her to perform oral sex. Albert denied the charges, but later pleaded guilty to assault and battery.

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