1st May 1840
The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom. 180 years.
6th May 1915
Orson Welles, American actor, writer and director, was born. 105 years.
6th May 1895
The Italian-American film actor and sex symbol of the 1920s, Rudolph Valentino, was born. 125 years.
6th May 1915
20-year-old pitcher Babe Ruth hits his first home run during his 18th time at bat in the major leagues. 105 years
7th May 1840
The Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was born. 180 years.
7th May 1915
The British ocean liner RMS Lusitania was sunk by the Imperial German Navy U-boat U-20 off the south-west coast of Ireland. 105 years.
7th May 1945
World War II: V-E Day, combat ends in Europe. German forces agree in Rheims, France, to an unconditional surrender. 75 years.
8th May 1945
Winston Churchill announced the end of the war. 75 years.
9th May 1945
World War II: The Channel Islands are liberated by the British after five years of German occupation. 75 years.
9th May 1860
Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, Scottish novelist who created Peter Pan, was born. 160 years.
10th May 1940
World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent. 80 years.
10th May 1940
World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister. 80 years.
13th May 1940
Winston Churchill made his "blood, toil, tears, and sweat" speech to the House of Commons. 80 years.
14th May 1955
The Warsaw Pact, a collective defense treaty among eight communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, was signed. 65 years.
15th May 1935
Kazimir Malevich, the Russian painter and art theoretician, died. 85 years.
19th May 1980
Nine people died following the massive eruption of Mount St Helens volcano in Washington State, USA. 40 years.
27th May 1940
The start of the Dunkirk Evacuation. One of the most famous British triumphs in WWII. 80 years.
28th May 1840
Hans Makart, Austrian painter most well known for his influence on Gustav Klimt, was born. 180 years.
30th May 1640
The Flemish Baroque painter, Peter Paul Rubens, died. 380 years.
31st May 1930
Clint Eastwood, American actor and filmmaker, was born. 90 years.

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