May 19, 1995 — “Die Hard With A Vengeance” is released

The third film in Bruce Willis’ highly successful Die Hard franchise, this was the only one to actually be set in New York – which is kinda weird when you consider that John McClane is a member of the NYPD. It also famously re-united Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, even featuring a couple of call backs to their previous film together (in which they never actually shared the screen), Pulp Fiction.

Ultimately, it was the least successful film in the franchise, and it would be over a decade until the fourth installment in the series was made.

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Die Hard — Guyz Nite

May 19, 1984 — “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” peaks on the Billboard chart

An unexpected breakthrough hit for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” was originally written by Hal David and Albert Hammond, and recorded by them for Hammond’s 1975 album 99 Miles From L.A. Willie and Julio’s version went to number one on the Billboard country music chart, number 5 on the Hot 100 chart, number one in Belgium and Canada, and was a top ten hit in several other countries.

The song was Nelson’s greatest hit in Europe, and Iglesias’ biggest in North America. In the years since its release, it has been covered numerous times, including versions by Merle Haggard, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck and Alanis Morissette.

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What Would Willie Do — Gary Allan

May 19, 1568 — Mary Queen of Scots is imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth of England

Mary, Queen of Scots (or Marie Stuart, as she is known in France), was the daughter and heir of James V of Scotland. She was also a claimant to the throne of her cousin, Elizabeth I of England. The two women were frequently at odds, both politically and in religious matters – Mary was a Catholic, Elizabeth a Protestant, and the situation between the two faiths in the British Isles at that time was as divisive and violent as it remains in Northern Island.

In 1567, the Scottish nobility turned on Mary, and she was forced to abdicate in favour of her son, James (who was only a year old at the time, but became James VI just the same). She was imprisoned in Scotland, but in early May she escaped and raised a small army. Meeting with defeat in this revolt, she fled to England, seeking the aid of her cousin. Unfortunately, Mary had misjudged her cousin’s mood, and Elizabeth quickly had her thrown into prison, and eventually executed.

Later, Elizabeth herself died without issue, and James VI of Scotland became James I of England, unifying the two kingdoms.

François Clouet - Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87) - Google Art Project

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To France – Mike Oldfield