7th May 1840
The Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was born. 180 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 1860
Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, Scottish novelist who created Peter Pan, was born. 160 years.
10th May 1940
World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister. 80 years.
12th May 1820
Florence Nightingale, English social reformer and the founder of modern nursing, was born. 200 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.
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.
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.

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