May 19th in history:
King Henry VIII and his relatives made history on May 19th in different years.
On this day in 1499, Catherine of Aragon was married by proxy to Henry’s brother Arthur, the Prince of Wales. When Arthur died months after their formal marriage, it was arranged for Catherine to marry Henry.
Henry ended his marriage to Catherine so he could marry Anne Boleyn. But after Anne did not give Henry a male heir, he had her tried for treason. Anne was beheaded on May 19th, 1536.
Henry and Anne’s only child, Princess Elizabeth, eventually became queen of England. On May 19th, 1568, Elizabeth had her rival, Mary, Queen of Scots, arrested.
Two very tall actors associated with princesses were born on May 19th. Andre the Giant (born 1946) played Fezzik in the movie “The Princess Bride.” And Peter Mayhew (1944) appeared on-screen with Princess Leia while playing Chewbacca in “Star Wars” episodes IV through VII.
July 29 in history:
Two famous brides in British history on this date…
On July 29th, 1565, Mary, Queen of Scots married for the second time. Her new husband was Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. The marriage lasted less than two years. There was an explosion in Henry’s bedroom, but some sources say he died of strangulation, not from the blast.
Lady Diana Spencer became the Princess of Wales when she married Prince Charles on this date in 1981. Their marriage ended in divorce 15 years later.
The TV comedy “How I Met Your Mother” centered around architect Ted Mosby’s search for a bride. Ted was played by Josh Radnor, born on July 29th, 1974. Radnor also starred in the Broadway version of “The Graduate” as Ben Braddock, who disrupts a wedding and runs off with the bride, his girlfriend Elaine.
In the movie “Rumor Has It,” Jennifer Aniston’s character believes her family inspired the story for “The Graduate.” “Rumor Has It” was released in 2005, the year Aniston divorced Brad Pitt. They were married on this date in 2000.
July 29th also is the birthday of a “McBride”: country singer Martina McBride (born 1966).