25th May 1895
Oscar Wilde, Irish poet and playwright, is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons", and sentenced to serve two years in prison. 125 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.
31st May 1985
The Football Association, supported by Margaret Thatcher, bans English clubs from playing in Europe following the Heysel stadium tragedy. 30 years.
1st June 1495
First record of Scotch whisky being commissioned from Friar John Cor. 525 years.
1st June 1265
The Italian Poet, Dante Alighieri, was born. 755 years.
5th June 1975
The UK holds its first country-wide referendum, on remaining in the European Economic Community (EEC). 45 years.
7th June 2015
Christopher Lee, English actor best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films, dies. 5 years.
7th June 1940
King Haakon VII of Norway, Crown Prince Olav and the Norwegian government leave Tromsø and go into exile in London. 80 years.
9th June 1975
The first live transmission from the House of Commons is broadcast by BBC Radio and commercial stations. 45 years.
9th June 1870
Charles Dickens, English writer and social critic, dies aged 58. 150 years.
12th June 1890
Egon Schiele, one of the major figurative painters of the early 20th century, was born. 130 years.
13th June 2005
Pop star Michael Jackson is found not guilty of all charges after a four-month-long child abuse trial. 15 years.
14th June 1945
Jörg Immendorff, German painter and sculptor, was born. 75 years
16th June 1960
New York premiere of Hitchcock's Psycho. 60 years.
18th June 1940
"Finest Hour" speech by Winston Churchill. 80 years.
18th June 1945
William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) is charged with treason for his pro-German propaganda broadcasting during World War II. 75 years.
25th June 1950
The Korean War begins. 70 years.

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