2nd May 1864
Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer and conductor, often described as the most successful stage composer of the nineteenth century, dies. 150 years
20th May 1764
Johann Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor, designed the Quadriga chariot driven by Victoria atop the Brandenburg Gate, is born. 250 years.
27th May 1964
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, dies. 50 years.
31st May 1889
The Johnstown flood, in Pennsylvania, USA. The South Fork Dam failed after days of rain. 125 years.
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