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This Day in Pop Culture for May 19


2007: Smart Introduces the Microcar

On this day in 2007, the company Smart launched a cross-country road show to promote the smart car making it to 50 cities across the U.S. Under normal driving conditions, the car was designed to achieve 40 plus miles per gallon. The stunt proved itself worthy because by September, the company reported that they had received more than 30,000 registrations from potential buyers. The first Smart cars went on sale in January of 2008 with prices from $12,000 to $21,000.

(Damir Sagolj)

2018: Royal Wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. It is estimated that 1.9 billion people tuned in for it.


1958: ‘South Pacific’ Soundtrack

The soundtrack of the 1958 musical move, South Pacific became the #1 album and it stayed in that spot for 31 weeks.


1991: An Indy 500 First

Willy T. Ribbs became the first African American driver to make Indianapolis 500.

2020: Todd Tilghman won NBC’s The Voice


  • 1945: Pete Townshend (singer)
  • 1948: Grace Jones (singer)
  • 1966: Jodi Picoult (author)
  • 1983: Michael Che (comedian)
  • 1992: Marshmello (DJ)
  • 1992: Sam Smith (singer)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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