10th May 1940
World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister. 80 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.
27th May 1940
The start of the Dunkirk Evacuation. One of the most famous British triumphs in WWII. 80 years.
30th May 1640
The Flemish Baroque painter, Peter Paul Rubens, died. 380 years.
6th May 1895
The Italian-American film actor and sex symbol of the 1920s, Rudolph Valentino, was born. 125 years.
6th May 1915
Orson Welles, American actor, writer and director, was born. 105 years.
6th May 1915
20-year-old pitcher Babe Ruth hits his first home run during his 18th time at bat in the major leagues. 105 years
7th May 1915
The British ocean liner RMS Lusitania was sunk by the Imperial German Navy U-boat U-20 off the south-west coast of Ireland. 105 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.
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