Monday, the 19th of May, 2014 is the 139th day in 2014 and in the 21st calendar week.
General Events:
Victoria Day
May 19, 2014 in Canada
Canadians observe Victoria Day on May 24th or on the preceding Monday. For most of us, the arrival of this day means we can start planting our vegetable and flower gardens and put the long winter behind us. For the majority of Canadians, it also means a welcome long weekend.
The Parliament of Canada first declared her birthday a holiday in 1845, well before Confederation! In 1901, the year of Victoria’s death, the holiday officially became known as Victoria Day. Since that time, Victoria Day has commemorated two royal birthdays: the birthday of Queen Victoria and that of the current monarch.
May 24th is a statutory holiday in all Canadian territories and in seven out of ten provinces. (In Quebec, this date is celebrated as La Journée nationale des Patriotes, or National Patriots’ Day, in memory of Anglophone and Francophone activists who fought for democratic government in 19th-century Quebec.)
If you’re in downtown Victoria, British Columbia—a city named for the Queen—you may join over 120,000 spectators watching marching bands, floats and clowns performing during the annual Victoria Day Parade.
Finally, you might be one of many Canadians ooohing and aaahing over dazzling firework displays that light up the evening sky of most Canadian cities. You might even choose to set off your own firecrackers and sparklers.
Where is Victoria Day?
Nationwide Canada
Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day
May 19, 2014 in Turkey
Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day is observed on May 19, 2014. Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day is an annual Turkish national holiday celebrated to commemorate Mustafa Kemal’s landing at Samsun on May 19, 1919, which is regarded as the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence in the official historiography.
Where is Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day?
Nationwide Turkey
Boy’s Club and Girls Club Day 
May 19, 2014 in the World
Boys and Girls Club Day celebrates the invaluable Boy’s Clubs and Girl’s Clubs. They teach values and citizenship. They help to keep kids out of trouble and off of the street.
Today is a day to recognize the importance of these groups for our children and to the community. With more and more parents at work, and broken families, these groups take on added importance.
Where is Boy’s Club and Girls Club Day?
Malcolm X Day 2014
May 19, 2014 in the USA
Malcolm X Day takes place on May 19, 2014. Malcolm X Day is an American holiday in honor of the civil rights leader Malcolm X which is celebrated either on May 19 (Malcolm’s birthday), or the third Sunday in the month of May. The commemoration has legal status in the city of Berkeley, California. It is also a proposed holiday in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C, with numerous calls for it to be celebrated alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday.
Malcolm X was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist. To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. Detractors accused him of preaching racism, black supremacy, and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.
Where is Malcolm X Day?
Nationwide USA
National Devil’s Food Cake Day
May 19, 2014 in the USA
What is chocolatey, light, decadent, and moist? Devil’s food cake of course! Today is a celebration of this delicious dessert, which is considered the counterpart to the classic white angel food cake. Devil’s food cake has a unique light and moist texture, which sets it apart from other chocolate cakes. The recipe calls for quite a bit of baking soda, and boiling water instead of milk. Both of these ingredients contribute to the fluffiness of this confection.
Devil’s food cake first appeared in the United States in the early 1900s. It is quite similar to red velvet cake and the names are often interchangeable in some parts of the country. To celebrate National Devil’s Food Cake Day, make some divine devil’s food cake to have for dessert tonight!
Where is National Devil’s Food Cake Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1515 – George van Saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles
1568 – English queen Elizabeth I arrests Scottish queen Mary
1571 – Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi founded Manilla in the Phillipines
1643 – Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut & New Harbor form United Colonies of New England
1780 – About midday, near-total darkness descends on much of New England, only now known to be caused by forest fires in Canada
1848 – Mexico gives Texas to US, ending the war
1857 – William Francis Channing & Moses G Farmer patents electric fire alarm
1884 – Ringling Brothers circus premieres
1892 – Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer
1900 – World’s longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) links Italy & Switz, opens
1919 – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating what was later termed the Turkish War of Independence. The anniversary of this event is the official date of commemoration of the Pontic Greek Genocide in Greece and Cyprus.
1934 – Sherlock Holmes crossword puzzle in “Sat Review of Lit” Males who solved puzzle became members of Baker Street Irregulars
1951 – UN begins counter offensive in Korea
1958 – US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
1967 – USSR ratifies treaty with Britain & US banning nuclear weapons in space
1986 – Anti-apartheid activist HClane Pastoors sentenced to 10 yrs in S Afr
1995 – World’s youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, 17, graduates Mount Sinai