May

aligator

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Wednesday may 21st :
1851: Gold discovered in Australia
birthdays:
1527: King Philip II of Spain
1904: Fats Waller, American musician
1916: Harold Robbins, American novelist
1917: Raymond Burr, American actor

Addendum:

was gold first discovered or was it just discovered in Australia?????? i think the latter because the Inca Maya Pharaohs and all other civilizations use to flash it
 
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{Ron!n}

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Apparently gold is discovered for the first time in Australia.
Seing as the date and thats what it says.
Not "metal discovered in Australia, later known as gold"
 

aligator

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okay
may 22nd:
1972: Ceylon becomes the Republic of Sri Lanka
1988: Hungarian Communist Party leader ousted
birthdays:
1813: Richard Wagner, German operatic composer
1907: Laurence Olivier, British actor of stage and screen
1924: Charles Aznavour, French born singer

coincidentally Ceylon is the tea that sri lanka exports most
 

aligator

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may 23rd:
1618: The Thirty Years War begins
1926: Lebanon becomes a republic

birthdays:
1718: William Hunter, Scottish anatomist
1848: Otto Lilienthal, German glider builder
1883: Douglas Fairbanks Snr, American film star
 

Terry60

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1337: The Hundred Years War between England and France begins when France confiscates Gascony from Edward III. (trumps your measly little 30 year war Ali ! )

1941: HMS 'Hood' is sunk by the German battleship 'Bismarck', with just three survivors from the 1,419 crew.

1943: Germany calls off the Battle of the Atlantic by withdrawing its U-boats from North Atlantic convoy routes.
 

mqudsi

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re 1941 vs. 1943: Funny how history just keeps re-hashing itself; the difference between winning and losing barely has a meaning...
 

Terry60

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Yes. And of course 41 provoked another Churchillian quote ( or directive)
"Sink the Bismarck !"

The difference between 41 and 43 of course, the entry of the US into the war. Patrols from both sides of the Atlantic squeezed the U-boats into a ever smaller strip of the mid ocean, which became untenable. ( RAF bomber command suffered 50% casualties in WW2, but U boat crew death rate was 75% ! )
 
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aligator

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1805: Napoleon Bonaparte crowned King of Italy
1924: The United States start limiting immigration, banning all Japanese
1991: Presidential elections, after the collapse of the USSR, are held in Georgia
1992: With the break up of the Soviet Union, Russia and the Ukraine decide to split the Black Sea fleet

birthdays:
1886: Al Jolson, American singer
1907: John Wayne, American actor who made many westerns
1913: Peter Cushing, British born film actor
1925: Roy Dotrice, American actor
 

Terry60

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27th May

1940: 'Operation Dynamo', the mass evacuation of encircled British and French troops from Dunkirk, begins.

1941: The German battleship 'Bismark' is sunk by the Royal Navy, with only 110 survivors from its 2,192 crew.

1942: Reinhard Heydrich, an architect of Nazi genocide, is fatally wounded by Czech partisans in Prague.


28th May


1830: The 'Indian Removal Act' - deporting native Americans to West of the Mississippi - is signed into US law.

1936: A paper by British mathematician Alan Turing sets out the theoretical basis for modern computers.

1961: The 'Appeal for Amnesty' campaign - forerunner of Amnesty International - is launched by the Observer.
 
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aligator

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1906: The Tsar of Russia makes large areas of land available to the peasants
1915: Women in Berlin demonstrate for peace
1940: Holland and Belgium surrender to German forces, during WW2
1961: Last ever Orient Express from Paris to Bucharest
birhtdays:
1660: George I, British King
1908: Ian Fleming, British writer
 

mqudsi

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With regards to Ian Fleming - funny how "his" next novel has just been released!
I guess it's probably not a coincidence that it marks the 100th anniversary of his birth.
 

mqudsi

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No, he's dead; hence my use of the term "100th anniversary of his birth" rather than "100th birthday."
A different author has just published a new novel in the Bond series.
 

Terry60

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Just heard on the Channel 5 news - Kylie Minogue is celebrating her 40th birthday tonight in Paris.

(little Kylie - forty !!!)
 

aligator

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oh kool
may 29th:
1919: Einstein's theories given a practical test during an eclipse
1940: British forces begin their evacuation from Dunkirk, France
1990: Brois Yeltsin elected leader of the Russian Federation
birthdays:
1630: King Charles II of Britain
1874: Gilbert Keith Chesterton, English novelist
1903: Bob Hope, US entertainer
1917: John F. Kennedy, Former (35th) American President
 

Terry60

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Interesting clash of sources ! re 1940 see my entry from 27th.

1453: The Roman empire in the east comes to an end as Ottoman sultan Mehmet II captures Constantinople.

1660: Charles II arrives in London from exile in the Netherlands to reclaim his throne. It is his birthday.

1953: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first men to climb Everest, the world’s highest mountain
 

Terry60

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Mine's from the BBC History site. How about you ?
Here's a more detailed chronology
http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/operation_dynamo.html
which suggests the official start is actually even earlier at 6:57 pm on the 26th. I suppose it's all a matter of degree.
Is the start when the man in charge says "Go" ? When the first man jumps on an available boat and leaves ? When the first evacuation craft arrives ? etc etc.
 
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