Today in History: Silent movie of WWI has world premiere in 1927
Today in History
Today is Friday, May 19, the 139th day of 2017. There are 226 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 19, 1927, the silent movie “Wings,” a World War I drama starring Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Richard Arlen, had its world premiere in San Antonio, Texas, where it had been filmed. (“Wings” would go on to win the first Academy Award for best picture.)
On this date:
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.
In 1913, California Gov. Hiram Johnson signed the Webb-Hartley Law prohibiting “aliens ineligible to citizenship” from owning farm land, a measure targeting Asian immigrants, particularly Japanese.
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 1943, in his second wartime address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged his country’s full support in the fight against Japan.
In 1958, British actor Ronald Colman died in Santa Barbara, California, at age 67.
In 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday to You” to President John F. Kennedy during a Democratic fundraiser at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
In 1967, the Soviet Union ratified a treaty banning nuclear and other weapons from outer space as well as celestial bodies such as the moon. (The treaty entered into force in Oct. 1967.)
In 1977, in what became known as the “Girl in the Box” case, 20-year-old Colleen Stan, hitchhiking her way to a party in northern California, was abducted by a couple she’d accepted a ride from and imprisoned as a sex slave for the next seven years.
In 1981, five British soldiers were killed by an Irish Republican Army landmine in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
In 1992, in a case that drew much notoriety, Mary Jo Buttafuoco of Massapequa, New York, was shot and seriously wounded by her husband Joey’s teenage lover, Amy Fisher. Vice President Dan Quayle sparked controversy by publicly criticizing the CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown” for having its title character, played by Candice Bergen, decide to become a single mother.