6th May 1937 (78 Years)
The Hindenburg disaster occurs as a the German passenger airship caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst.
6th May 1941 (74 Years)
Joseph Stalin became Premier of the Soviet Union.
6th May 1951 (64 Years)
The devastating El Salvador earthquake literally razed the city of Jucuapa in the Central American republic.
6th May 1992 (23 Years)
Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich, German and American actress and singer, died.
7th May 1718 (297 Years)
The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.
7th May 1840 (175 Years)
The Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was born.
7th May 1867 (148 Years)
Alfred Nobel receives English patent for dynamite.
7th May 1915 (100 Years)
The British ocean liner RMS Lusitania was sunk by the Imperial German Navy U-boat U-20 off the south-west coast of Ireland.
7th May 1919 (96 Years)
María Eva Duarte de Perón, second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and First Lady of Argentina, was born.
7th May 1945 (70 Years)
World War II: V-E Day, combat ends in Europe. German forces agree in Rheims, France, to an unconditional surrender.
8th May 1864 (151 Years)
The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House during the American Civil War (that lasted until the 21st May).
8th May 1945 (70 Years)
Winston Churchill announced the end of the war.
9th May 1860 (155 Years)
Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, Scottish novelist who created Peter Pan, was born.
9th May 1914 (101 Years)
Mother's Day is proclaimed by President Wilson in the United States. 110 years.
9th May 1936 (79 Years)
Albert Finney, English actor, especially successful in theatre plays by William Shakespeare before he switched to films, was born.
9th May 1941 (74 Years)
WWII: the Royal Navy captured the U-boat U-110 and found on board an Enigma machine, later used to break coded messages.
9th May 1945 (70 Years)
World War II: The Channel Islands are liberated by the British after five years of German occupation.
9th May 1994 (21 Years)
Nelson Mandela was chosen to become the first black President of South Africa.
10th May 1838 (177 Years)
John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor and assassin of President Lincoln, is born.
10th May 1849 (166 Years)
Katsushika Hokusai died.
10th May 1863 (152 Years)
Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson, Confederate general during the American Civil War, dies.
10th May 1866 (149 Years)
Léon Bakst, Russian painter and scene- and costume designer, is born.
10th May 1893 (122 Years)
The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883.
10th May 1899 (116 Years)
Fred Astaire, American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter, was born.
10th May 1940 (75 Years)
World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent.
10th May 1940 (75 Years)
World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister.
10th May 1941 (74 Years)
World War II: Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany.
10th May 1951 (64 Years)
Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen married Otto von Habsburg, eldest son of Emperor Charles I of Austria and former crown prince, in the Church of the Cordeliers in Nancy, France.
10th May 1977 (38 Years)
Joan Crawford, actress ranked 10th on the American Film Institutes's list of the greatest stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema, died.
10th May 1988 (27 Years)
The Degas sculpture "Petite danseuse de quatorze ans" (Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen) sold for 10.1 million.

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