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Today in history: Marilyn Monroe sings a sultry tune

JFK's birthday wasn't for another ten days, but he didn't appear to mind

May 19, 1828: In a move that widened the North/South divide, President John Quincy Adams signed the Tariff Act of 1828, protecting U.S. wool manufacturers. Adams Tariff Act protected northern industries that were being hurt by low-priced imports. But Southern businesses were hurt — and angered. The Tariff Act, largely forgotten about today, was one of many things that together caused Southern resentment against the North to build — and eventually boil over into the Civil War 33 years later.

May 19, 1943: President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill set May 1, 1944 as the date for the Normandy landings against Nazi-occupied France. Weather delayed it for 36 days.

May 19, 1962: A breathless Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy at a Madison Square Garden gala. JFK's birthday wasn't for another ten days, but he didn't appear to mind.

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