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All in the month of MAY

IT WAS:


200 YEARS AGO, ON 5TH MAY 1821 THAT NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, EMPEROR OF FRANCE (1804 – 1815) DIED OF STOMACH CANCER. HE WAS IN EXILE ON THE ISLAND OF SAINT HELENA IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC, AGED 51.


175 YEARS AGO, ON 30TH MAY 1846 THAT PETER CARL FABERGÉ WAS BORN. THIS RUSSIAN GOLDSMITH AND JEWELER WAS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS FABULOUSLY DECORATED FABERGÉ EGGS.


150 YEARS AGO, ON 11TH MAY 1871 THAT JOHN HERSCHEL, BRITISH ASTRONOMER, MATHEMATICIAN, CHEMIST AND PIONEERING PHOTOGRAPHER DIED. AMONGST OTHER THINGS, HE NAMED SEVEN OF SATURN’S MOONS AND INVESTIGATED COLOUR BLINDNESS. HE WAS ALSO PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY THREE TIMES.


100 YEARS AGO, ON 3RD MAY 1921 THAT IRELAND WAS DIVIDED INTO NORTHERN IRELAND AND SOUTHERN IRELAND (NOW KNOWN AS THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND).


ALSO 100 YEARS AGO, ON 15TH MAY, THAT THE BRITISH LEGION WAS FOUNDED.


90 YEARS AGO, ON 1ST MAY 1931 THAT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING IN NEW YORK CITY WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED.


80 YEARS AGO, ON 1ST–7TH MAY 1941 THAT THE GERMAN BLITZ ON LIVERPOOL LEFT NEARLY 3,000 DEAD AND 70,000 HOMELESS. LIVERPOOL WAS THE SECOND MOST HEAVILY TARGETED BRITISH CITY, AFTER LONDON.


ALSO 80 YEARS AGO, ON 10TH MAY 1941 THAT THE LAST MAJOR ATTACK ON LONDON DURING THE BLITZ CAUSED HEAVY DAMAGE TO MANY IMPORTANT BUILDINGS, INCLUDING THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, WESTMINSTER ABBEY, ST JAMES PALACE AND LAMBETH PALACE, SEVERAL RAILWAY STATIONS AND HOSPITALS, THE BRITISH MUSEUM AND THE OLD BAILEY. MORE THAN 1,300 PEOPLE WERE KILLED ON ONE NIGHT. AT ONE POINT DURING THE BLITZ, LONDON WAS BOMBED FOR 57 NIGHTS IN A ROW.


75 YEARS AGO, ON 11TH MAY 1946 THAT THE FIRST CARE PACKAGES FOR EUROPE ARRIVED IN LE HAVRE TO HELP PEPLE WHO WERE STARVING AFTER WWII. THE FIRST CARE PACKAGES WERE ACTUALLY SURPLUS US ARMY RATIONS.


70 YEARS AGO, ON 3RD MAY 1951 THAT THE FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN AND THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL IN LONDON WERE OPENED. THE AIM OF THE FESTIVAL WAS TO LIFT THE NATION’S SPIRITS BY CELEBRATING BRITISH INDUSTRY, ARTS AND SCIENCE.


ALSO 70 YEARS AGO, ON 9TH MAY 1951 THAT THE LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK WAS ESTABLISHED. IT WAS BRITAIN’S SECOND NATIONAL PARK.


ALSO 70 YEARS AGO, ON 25TH MAY 1951 THAT THE BRITISH SPIES GUY BURGESS AND DONALD MACLEAN FLED TO MOSCOW. THEY WERE MEMBERS OF THE INFAMOUS CAMBRIDGE SPY RING, AND THEIR WHEREABOUTS REMAINED UNKNOWN UNTIL 1956.


65 YEARS AGO, ON 24TH MAY 1956 THAT THE FIRST EUROVISION SONG CONTEST WAS HELD IN LUGANO, SWITZERLAND. IT WAS WON BY SWITZERLAND.


60 YEARS AGO, ON 1ST MAY 1961 THAT BETTING AWAY FROM RACECOURSES WAS LEGALISED IN THE UK AND THE FIRST BETTING SHOPS OPENED.


ALSO 60 YEARS AGO, ON 28TH MAY 1961 THAT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL WAS FOUNDED IN LONDON.


40 YEARS AGO, ON 13TH MAY 1981 THAT POPE JOHN PAUL II WAS SHOT AND SERIOUSLY WOUNDED BY A TURKISH GUNMAN IN AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT IN ST PETER’S SQUARE, VATICAN CITY.


30 YEARS AGO, ON 16TH MAY 1991 THAT QUEEN ELIZABETH II BECAME THE FIRST BRITISH MONARCH TO ADDRESS THE US CONGRESS.


25 YEARS AGO, ON 30TH MAY 1996 THAT PRINCE ANDREW, DUKE OF YORK, AND HIS WIFE SARAH, DUCHESS OF YORK, WERE DIVORCED.


20 YEARS AGO, ON 7TH MAY 2001 THAT GREAT TRAIN ROBBER RONNIE BIGGS RETURNED TO THE UK FROM BRAZIL WHERE HE HAD LIVED AS A FUGITIVE FOR 36 YEARS. HE WAS IMMEDIATELY ARRESTD AND SENT TO PRISON TO COMPLETE HIS SENTENCE. RELEASED ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS IN 2009, HE DIED IN 2013.


10 YEARS AGO, ON 2ND MAY 2011 THAT OSAMA BIN LADEN, SAUDI ARABIAN-BORN TERRORIST, DIED. FOUNDER OF AL-QAEDA, HE WAS THOUGHT TO HAVE MASTERMINDED THE 9/11 ATTACKS ON THE USA. SHOT DEAD BY US FORCES IN PAKISTAN.