On This Day In ...
- May 19 1903:
In London, following the arrival of Morning and reports that
Discovery is iced in in Antarctica, Markham sends a strongly worded
letter to the Government asking for funds for a second relief
- May 19 1916:
Leaving McNeish, McCarthy and Vincent in camp, Shackleton sets off with Tom Crean
and Frank Worsley to cross the mountains and reach the whaling station
on the other side of South Georgia.
- May 19 1845:
The Franklin expedition set sail from Greenhithe, England, en route to
the Arctic coast of Canada.
- May 19 1853:
The Breadalbane, a supply ship for the Belcher expedition, sets
sail from Sheerness, heading for Lancaster Sound.
- May 19 1896:
Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen finally leave their winter camp and
start making their way south again.
- May 19 1941:
Birth of Nora Ephron, novelist and screenwriter, in New York City, USA.
- May 19 1984:
John Betjeman, poet, died in Trebetherick, Cornwall, England, at the
age of 77.
- May 19 1919:
Total solar eclipse. Known as 'Einstein's Eclipse' because measurements
of star positions during the eclipse provided support for the Theory of
- May 19 1906:
Death of Gabriel Dumont, one the main Métis leaders in the Northwest
Rebellion, in Bellevue, Saskatchewan, at the age 66.
- May 19 1988:
Traces of the Past, new Fossil Gallery opens.
- May 19 1994:
They Are Truly Heroes: Alberta's Miners exhibition opens.
- May 19 2003:
SNEAK PEEK - The Wild Alberta Preview Gallery three-day event ends.
- May 19 2004:
Philip H. R. Stepney, Director of the Museum (1989-2001),
died in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 56.
- May 19 2005:
C is for Chinook - An Alberta Alphabet exhibition opens.
- May 19 2007:
Small Wonder: The Miniscule Magnified exhibition opens.