8th May 1864 (165 Years)
The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House during the American Civil War (that lasted until the 21st May).
8th May 1945 (84 Years)
Winston Churchill announced the end of the war.
9th May 1860 (169 Years)
Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, Scottish novelist who created Peter Pan, was born.
9th May 1914 (115 Years)
Mother's Day is proclaimed by President Wilson in the United States.
9th May 1936 (93 Years)
Albert Finney, English actor, especially successful in theatre plays by William Shakespeare before he switched to films, was born.
9th May 1941 (88 Years)
WWII: the Royal Navy captured the U-boat U-110 and found on board an Enigma machine, later used to break coded messages.
9th May 1945 (84 Years)
World War II: The Channel Islands are liberated by the British after five years of German occupation.
9th May 1994 (35 Years)
Nelson Mandela was chosen to become the first black President of South Africa.
10th May 1838 (191 Years)
John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor and assassin of President Lincoln, was born.
10th May 1849 (180 Years)
Katsushika Hokusai died.
10th May 1863 (166 Years)
Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson, Confederate general during the American Civil War, dies.
10th May 1866 (163 Years)
Léon Bakst, Russian painter and scene- and costume designer, is born.
10th May 1893 (136 Years)
The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883.
10th May 1899 (130 Years)
Fred Astaire, American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter, was born.
10th May 1941 (88 Years)
World War II: Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany.
10th May 1977 (52 Years)
Joan Crawford, actress ranked 10th on the American Film Institutes's list of the greatest stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema, died.
10th May 1988 (41 Years)
The Degas sculpture "Petite danseuse de quatorze ans" (Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen) sold for 10.1 million.
10th May 2013 (16 Years)
One World Trade Center becomes the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
11th May 1916 (113 Years)
Max Reger, German composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and academic teacher, dies.
12th May 1743 (286 Years)
Maria Theresa of Austria is crowned Queen of Bohemia.
12th May 1820 (209 Years)
Florence Nightingale, English social reformer and the founder of modern nursing, was born.
12th May 1918 (111 Years)
Julius Rosenberg, American spy, was born.
12th May 1936 (93 Years)
Frank Stella, American painter and printmaker, significant in the art movement called ”post-painterly abstraction”, is born.
12th May 1937 (92 Years)
George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
12th May 2008 (21 Years)
Robert Rauschenberg, American painter and illustrator, died.
12th May 2016 (13 Years)
From the 12 to the 15 of May, to mark the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, a magnificent celebration will take place at Windsor Castle.
13th May 1515 (514 Years)
Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk are officially married at Greenwich.
13th May 1717 (312 Years)
Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina, the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions and the last of the House of Habsburg, was born.
13th May 1842 (187 Years)
Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, English composer best known for his collaborations with the dramatist W. S. Gilbert, including The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado, was born.
13th May 1882 (147 Years)
Georges Braque, French cubist painter, is born.

Back to top