Today in History - May 19

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Today in History - May 19

Thursday, May 19 2011 by kjfitz
1962 – A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe's rendition of Happy Birthday.

Giant Marilyn Monroe mural
1643 – Thirty Years' War: French forces under the duc d'Enghien decisively defeat Spanish forces at the Battle of Rocroi, marking the symbolic end of Spain as a dominant land power.

Site of the Battle of Rocroi (5/19/1643)