23rd April 1516
The Bayerische Reinheitsgebot (regarding the ingredients of beer) was signed in Ingolstadt. 500 years.
23rd April 1616
William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright, dies. 400 years.
24th April 1931
Bridget Riley, English painter, one of the foremost exponents of Op art, is born. 85 years.
24th April 1986
Wallis Simpson, American socialite and Duchess of Windsor, dies. 30 years.
25th April 1916
Anzac Day was officially celebrated for the first time. 100 years.
27th April 1791
Samuel Morse, American painter and co-inventor of Morse code, is born. 225 years.
1st May 1916
Gwyllyn Samuel Newton "Glenn" Ford, Canadian-born American actor from Hollywood's Golden Era with a career that lasted more than 50 years, was born. 100 years.
1st May 1941
Citizen Kane, the American drama film by Orson Welles, its producer, co-author, director and star, premièred at the Palace Theatre in New York City. 75 years.
5th May 1891
The Music Hall in New York City (later Carnegie Hall) had its grand opening with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor. 125 years.
6th May 1856
Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist, known as the father of psychoanalysis, is born. 160 years.
6th May 1941
Joseph Stalin became Premier of the Soviet Union. 75 years.
9th May 1941
WWII: the Royal Navy captured the U-boat U-110 and found on board an Enigma machine, later used to break coded messages. 75 years.
9th May 1936
Albert Finney, English actor, especially successful in theatre plays by William Shakespeare before he switched to films, was born. 80 years.
10th May 1866
Léon Bakst, Russian painter and scene- and costume designer, is born. 150 years.
10th May 1941
World War II: Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany. 75 years.
11th May 1916
Max Reger, German composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and academic teacher, dies. 100 years.
12th May 1936
Frank Stella, American painter and printmaker, significant in the art movement called ”post-painterly abstraction”, is born. 80 years.
12th May 2016
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. 90 years.
15th May 1936
Ralph Steadman, English painter and illustrator, best known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson, is born. 80 years.
15th May 1936
Amy Johnson arrives back in England after a record-breaking return flight to Cape Town. 80 years.

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