This day in history

Saturday is May 19, the 140th day of 2012. There are 226 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: PBS newscaster Jim Lehrer is 78. TV personality David Hartman is 77. Actor James Fox is 73. Actress Nancy Kwan is 73. Author-director Nora Ephron is 71. Actor Peter Mayhew is 68. Rock singer-composer Pete Townshend (the Who) is 67. Concert pianist David Helfgott is 65. Rock singer-musician Dusty Hill (ZZ Top) is 63. Singer-actress Grace Jones is 60. Rock musician Phil Rudd (AC-DC) is 58. Actor Steven Ford is 56. Rock musician Iain Harvie (Del Amitri) is 50. Actor Jason Gray-Stanford is 42. Rock singer Jenny Berggren (Ace of Base) is 40. Actor Drew Fuller is 32. Christian rock musician Tim McTague is 29. Actor Eric Lloyd is 26.

In 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, was beheaded after being convicted of adultery.


In 1780, a mysterious darkness enveloped much of New England and part of Canada in the early afternoon.

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In 1935, T.E. Lawrence, also known as ‘‘Lawrence of Arabia,’’ died in Dorset, England, six days after being injured in a motorcycle crash.

In 1967, the Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States and Britain banning nuclear and other weapons from outer space as well as celestial bodies such as the moon. (The treaty entered into force in October 1967.)

In 1971, poet Ogden Nash died in Baltimore at age 68.