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24th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1819 Queen Victoria

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Died:

1974 Duke Ellington (musician)

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On This Day:

1862 Westminster Bridge, crossing the Thames River opens

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23rd May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1950 Martin McGuiness (Irish politician) 

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Died:

1701 William Kidd (pirate)

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On This Day:

1568 The Netherlands declares independence (from Spain)

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22nd May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1813 Richard Wagner (composer)

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Died:

1885 Victor Hugo (writer – Les Miserables)

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On This Day:

1906 The Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane

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21st May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1688 Alexander Pope (poet)

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Died:

2000 Sir John Gielgud (screen and stage actor)

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On This Day:

1927 Charles Lindbergh completes the first solo crossing of the Atlantic in an aeroplane

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20th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1944 Joe Cocker (rocker, musician)

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Died:

1506 Christopher Columbus (explorer)

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On This Day:

1310 Shoes were made specifically for both left and right feet, instead of being one shape for both

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19th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1925 Malcolm X (Human Rights Activist)

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Died:

1536 Anne Boleyn (Queen of England, wife of Henry VII, executed)

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On This Day:

1848 Texas is handed over to the USA by Mexico

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18th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1868 Nicholas II, last Tsar of Russia

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Died:

1980 Ian Curtis (guitarist – Joy Division)

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On This Day:

1934 TWA (airline) begins its commercial flights

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