14th May 1923 (88 Years)
Charles de Freycinet, French prime minister, dies.
14th May 1955 (56 Years)
The Warsaw Pact, a collective defense treaty among eight communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, was signed.
14th May 1987 (24 Years)
Rita Hayworth, American actress, singer, dancer, and producer, died.
15th May 1567 (444 Years)
Mary, Queen of Scots, marries James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, her third husband.
15th May 1567 (444 Years)
Claudio Monteverdi, Italian priest and composer, was born.
15th May 1648 (363 Years)
End of the Thirty Years War, it lasted for 29 years, 11 months, and 22 days.
15th May 1935 (76 Years)
Kazimir Malevich, the Russian painter and art theoretician, died.
15th May 1936 (75 Years)
Ralph Steadman, English painter and illustrator, best known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson, is born.
15th May 1936 (75 Years)
Amy Johnson arrives back in England after a record-breaking return flight to Cape Town.
16th May 1929 (82 Years)
The 1st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which honored the best films of 1927 and 1928, took place.
16th May 1949 (62 Years)
The painter William Nicholson, died.
16th May 1966 (45 Years)
The Communist Party of China issued the "May 16 Notice" marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
17th May 1866 (145 Years)
Erik Satie, eccentric Impressionist French composer and pianist, is born.
17th May 1886 (125 Years)
Alfonso XIII, King of Spain from 1886 until 1931, and monarch from birth, as his father Alfonso XII had died the previous year, was born.
17th May 1915 (96 Years)
The last British Liberal Party government (led by Herbert Henry Asquith) falls.
18th May 1291 (720 Years)
Fall of Acre. This event marked the end of Crusader presence in the Holy Land.
18th May 1868 (143 Years)
Czar Nicholas II, last Emperor of Russia, was born.
18th May 1897 (114 Years)
Frank Russell Capra, Italian-American film director, producer and writer of some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s, was born.
19th May 1593 (418 Years)
Jacob Jordaens, Flemish painter and illustrator, was born.
19th May 1864 (147 Years)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist and short story writer, author of "The Scarlet Letter" died.
19th May 1918 (93 Years)
Ferdinand Hodler, one of the best-known Swiss painters of the nineteenth century, died.
19th May 1943 (68 Years)
WWII: Monday, May 1, 1944 is set as the date for the Normandy landings: D-Day. It would later be delayed over a month due to bad weather.
19th May 1980 (31 Years)
Nine people died following the massive eruption of Mount St Helens volcano in Washington State, USA.
19th May 1984 (27 Years)
John Betjeman, a British poet, writer and broadcaster, died.
20th May 1764 (247 Years)
Johann Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor, designed the Quadriga chariot driven by Victoria atop the Brandenburg Gate, is born.
20th May 1818 (193 Years)
William Fargo, American businessman and politician, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express, was born.
20th May 1891 (120 Years)
First public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope.
20th May 1913 (98 Years)
The first Chelsea Flower Show held in London.
20th May 1956 (55 Years)
Max Beerbohm, English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist best known today for his novel Zuleika Dobson, dies.

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