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1931: The Empire State Building is dedicated
1997: Labour Party returns to power in Britain
1941: Citizen Kane premieres
1967: Elvis gets married


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1707: The Act of Union takes effect and England and Scotland become Great Britain, with a new Union Flag.

2003: US President George W Bush announces the end of combat operations in Iraq after 43 days of fighting.

2004: Ten new states join the European Union, making it the world's biggest trade bloc with 455 million people.
april shpwers bring may flowers considering that it rained yesterday we should be seeing some flowers soon:
1906: Troops in Paris make many arrests during a May Day protest
1925: The island of Cyprus becomes a British colony1960: Gary Powers, in a U2 spy plane, shot down and captured by the USSR
1968: Legoland, in Denmark, opens
1769: Arthur Wellesley, The Duke of Wellington
1916: Glenn Ford, American film actor
may 2nd:
1945: Berlin captured by Russian forces at the end of WW2
1986: Radiation released from the Chernobyl accident reach France, Britain

1729: Catherine The Great
1904: Bing Crosby, American actor and singer
may 6th:
1910: George V becomes the King of England
1937: The Hindenberg airship catches fire and is destroyed while in the USA
1987: Black South African workers go on strike over whites only election
1856: Robert Peary, American Artic explorer
1856: Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychologist
1895: Rudolph Valentino, Silent film star
1915: Orson Wells, American Actor


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1954: British athlete Roger Bannister becomes the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, in Oxford.

1992: The Channel Tunnel - an immense engineering achievement - opens, linking London and Paris by rail.
may 7th:
1911: Large demonstrations held in New York, demanding women's right to vote
1915: The liner 'Lusitania' is sunk by German forces off the Irish coast
1943: Tunis, in North Africa, captured by WW2 Allied forces
1960: Leonid Brezhnev becomes the President of the USSR
1973: US President Nixon denies all knowledge of the Watergate affair
1994: The Channel Tunnel opened by the British Queen and French President Mitterand

1812: Robert Browning, English poet
1833: Johannes Brahms, German composer and friend of Schumanns
1840: Peter Tchaikovsky, Russian composer
1840: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer
1901: Gary Cooper, American film actor
1919: Marie Peron, Argentinian on who 'Evita' was based
1923: Anne Baxter, American film actress

quite a busy day huh


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1945: Nazi Germany surrenders unconditionally to the Allies at General Eisenhower's HQ in Rheims, France.

1954: The Viet Minh defeat the French at Dien Bien Phu, effectively ending French involvement in Indochina.
may 8th:
902: The volcano Mount Pelee, in the Caribbean, erupts, killing 30,000 people
1911: Iceland gives the vote to women
1933: Gandhi, in India, begins a hunger strike in protest against the British
1945: Victory In Europe Day (VE Day) declared
1950: American General MacArthur becomes comander of the UN forces in Korea
1984: The USSR and Warsaw Pact countries announce they will boycott the Los Angeles Olympics
1698: Henry Baker, English naturalist
1884: Harry S. Truman, 33rd US President
1926: David Attenborough, English director
1940: Peter Benchley, British Author
1946: Candice Bergen, American actress


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1660: Parliament proclaims Charles II king of England, restoring the monarchy after more than a decade.

1984: The Thames Barrier, designed to prevent the flooding of London, is officially unveiled by Elizabeth II.
may 9th:
1922: The Egyptian governmant becomes the country's only legal trader in opium, cocaine and hashish
1940: The RAF begins night bombing raids on targest in Germany
1947: The World Bank opens in Washington, United States
1873: Howard Carter, English egyptologist
1934: Alan Bennett, English playwright and actor
1936: Albert Finney, Actor

what has the world come to were the government sells drugs?


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1857: The year-long Indian Mutiny (Rebellion) ignites among British Indian Army units at Meerut, near Delhi.

1940: The German invasion of the Low Countries begins, using a new military doctrine called 'blitzkrieg'.

1994: Former political prisoner Nelson Mandela is sworn in as the first black president of South Africa.


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I started work with IBM. 1Mb core storage was the size of a house, the nearest thing to a portable computer was an IBM box in the Apollo Lunar Module with so little processing power that it would program check multiple times on descent and would require manual intervention to make a "hands-on" landing when it was eventually to be tested for real, 2 months in the future.
may 14th:
1610: Henry IV of France assassinated
1940: Rotterdam, in Holland, captured by German forces during WW2
1948: Jewish provisional government formed as British Mandate for Palestine ends
1955: The Warsaw Pact signed by Eastern bloc countries
1973: The United States launch the Skylab 1 space station
1686: Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, German inventor of mercury thermometer
1727: Thomas Gainsborough, British artist
1944: George Lucas, Creator of the Star Wars films
its till may
may 15th:
1902: Portugal declares itself bankrupt
1908: Artist Claude Monet destroys some of his paintings, which he didn't like
1988: Soviet troops begin their withdrawl from Afghanistan
1859: Pierre Curie, French physicist (any relation to marie curie?)
1909: James Mason, British actor


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1252: Use of torture in the inquisition of heretics is authorised by Innocent IV in his bull 'Ad exstirpanda'

1649: The 'Rump Parliament' under Oliver Cromwell declares England a 'commonwealth' or free state.

1957: Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb over Christmas Island in the Pacific, following the US and USSR.

( Ali, Marie was Mrs Pierre Curie - (he got run over by a bus if I remember correctly !))

"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition ! "


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1943: 65 years ago almost to this precise minute, Lancaster bombers of 617 squadron RAF began their attack on the Mohne dam in Germany, the first of the 2 dams breached in the raid.
They used a revolutionary new secret weapon, seen here in top secret trial footage.
1900: Tonga becomes a British protectorate
1910: The first ever conference on air traffic opens in Paris
1936: The Spanish Civil War breaks out
1980: Mt St. Helens, North America, erupts causing widespread damage
1983: Sri Lanka impose a State of Emergency after election violence
1990: Treaty forming the basis for monetary union between East and West Germany signed
1872: Bertrand Russell, English philospher
1883: Walter Gropius, American architect
1918: Pope John Paul II, Head of the Catholic Church


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1420: Charles VI cedes France to Henry V of England in the Treaty of Troyes, after Henry's victory at Agincourt. ("We happy few - we Band of Brothers")

1927: Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, makes the first solo flight across the Atlantic.