Monday, May 19, 2008

Today in History: May 19

  • 1848 Mexico ends the Mexican-American War by ratifying the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which cedes to the U.S. California, Nevada, Utah and parts of several states for USD $15 million in compensation. Mexico had started the War by invading the Republic of Texas ten years after it had been founded in response to General Santa Ana's abrogation of the Mexican constitution and assumption of dictatorial powers in 1836.
  • 1914 Austrian-British molecular biologist Max Perutz born; 1962 Nobel (with John Kendrew), for deducing the structure of haemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood.
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