Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – The Day Your Grandfather Was Born

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:

1)  What day of the week was your Grandfather born (either one)? Tell us how you found out.

2) What has happened in recorded history on your Grandfather’s birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.

3)  What famous people have been born on your Grandfather’s birth date?  Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.

4)  Put your responses in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

1) I chose my paternal grandfather, John Ernest Whimpey, who was born 19 May 1884.

19 May 1884 was a Monday.

I used the Calendar in Legacy Family Tree to find the day.

2) To find the historical events on 19 May, I searched Google for Historical events on 19 May, and found the events at

Historical events on 19 May

  • 1536 Ann Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason
  • 1568 English Queen Elizabeth 1 arrests Mary, Queen of Scots
  • 1643 Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England
  • 1649 England is declared a Commonwealth by an act of the Long Parliament making England a republic for the next 11 years
  • 1910 Passage of Earth through tail of Halley’s Comet causes near-panic

3) I wanted to find an historical event in Australia, so I googled Historical events on 19 May in Australia.  Although I didn’t find any, I did find a Wikipedia article for the 19 May –, which had a list of famous births and deaths on 19 May

Some famous historical persons born on 19 May

  • 1795 Johns Hopkins, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1873)
  • 1861 Nellie Melba, Australian soprano and actress (d. 1931)
  • 1891 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese politician, 1st President of Vietnam (d. 1969)
  • 1925 Malcolm X, American minister and activist (d. 1965)
  • 1941 Nora Ephron, American director, producer and screenwriter (d.2012)