16th May 1966
The Communist Party of China issued the "May 16 Notice" marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. 50 years.
17th May 1866
Erik Satie, eccentric Impressionist French composer and pianist, is born. 150 years.
17th May 1886
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. 130 years.
18th May 1291
Fall of Acre. This event marked the end of Crusader presence in the Holy Land. 725 years.
20th May 1891
First public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope. 125 years.
20th May 1956
Max Beerbohm, English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist best known today for his novel Zuleika Dobson, dies. 60 years.
24th May 1816
Emanuel Leutze, German-born American artist, was born. 200 years.
26th May 1926
Miles Davis, ,American trumpet player, composer and band leader, was born. 90 years.
1st June 1841
Sir David Wilkie, Scottish genre and portrait painter and draftsman known for his anecdotal style, is born. 175 years.
1st June 1926
Marilyn Monroe, American actress, model, and singer, is born. 90 years.
1st June 1936
Gerald Scarfe, English cartoonist and illustrator who works for The Sunday Times and The New Yorker, is born. 80 years.
3rd June 1926
Allen Ginsberg, American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s, is born. 90 years.
4th June 1941
Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, dies. 75 years.
5th June 1816
Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer of the Classical era, dies. 200 years.
5th June 1916
Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, Irish field marschal and imperial administrator, dies. 100 years.
7th June 1966
Jean (Hans) Arp, German-French csulptor, painter, poet and abstract artist, dies. 50 years.
8th June 1916
Francis Crick, British biophysicist and discoverer of the molecular structure of the DNA, was born. 100 years.
10th June 1946
Jack Johnson, American boxer, who became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion, dies. 70 years.
10th June 1921
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was born. 95 years.
10th June 1926
Antoni Gaudí, Spanish Catalan architect and the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism, dies. 90 years.

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