25th April 1792
The guillotine is used for the first time, in the execution of Nicholas-Jacques Pelletier. 225 years.
25th April 1917
Ella Jane Fitzgerald, American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella, was born. 100 years.
27th April 1937
King George VI accompanied by his daughter Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, formally opened the National Maritime Museum. 80 years.
27th April 1822
Ulysses Simpson Grant, Civil War General and 18th US president, is born. 195 years.
28th April 1992
Francis Bacon, British painter, dies. 25 years.
2nd May 1892
Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, widely known as the Red Baron, was born. 125 years.
3rd May 1937
Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel 'Gone with the Wind'. 80 years.
3rd May 1987
Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti, better known as Dalida, Egyptian-born Italian singer and actress, died. 30 years.
6th May 1937
The Hindenburg Disaster takes place in Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey. 80 years.
6th May 1992
Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich, German and American actress and singer, died. 25 years.
7th May 1867
Alfred Nobel receives English patent for dynamite. 150 years.
10th May 1977
Joan Crawford, actress ranked 10th on the American Film Institutes's list of the greatest stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema, died. 40 years.
12th May 1937
George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 80 years.
13th May 1882
Georges Braque, French cubist painter, is born. 135 years.
13th May 1717
Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina, the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions and the last of the House of Habsburg, was born. 300 years.
13th May 1842
Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, English composer best known for his collaborations with the dramatist W. S. Gilbert, including The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado, was born. 175 years.
14th May 1987
Rita Hayworth, American actress, singer, dancer, and producer, died. 30 years.
15th May 1567
Claudio Monteverdi, Italian priest and composer, was born. 450 years.
15th May 1567
Mary, Queen of Scots, marries James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, her third husband. 450 years.
18th May 1897
Frank Russell Capra, Italian-American film director, producer and writer of some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s, was born. 120 years.

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