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Post  SaintMike on Tue 22 May 2012, 10:30 am

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On May 22nd....

1370 Jews are expelled/massacred from Brussels Belgium

1377 Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.

1455 "Wars of the Roses: At the First Battle of St Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI."

1570 "The first atlas, with 70 maps, published"

1809 "Second and last Day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling (near Vienna), Napoleon was repelled by an enemy army for the first time."

1819 "The SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia, United States, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The ship arrived at Liverpool, England on June 20."

1840 The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.

1843 "Thousands of people and their cattle headed west via wagon train from Independence, Missouri to what would later become the Oregon Territory. It was part of the Great Migration. They followed what is now known as the Oregon Trail."

1888 Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers

1892 Dr Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube

1906 "Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their ""Flying-Machine""."

1915 "Five trains collide in the Quintinshill rail crash near Gretna Green, Scotland, killing 227 people and injuring 246; the accident is found to be the result of non-standard operating practices during a shift change at a busy junction."

1923 Stanley Baldwin succeeds Andrew Bonar Law as British premier

1933 John Mackay makes the first reported sighting of the Loch Ness Monster

1933 World Trade Day/National Maritime Day first celebrated

1936 Aer Lingus (Aer Loingeas) is founded by the Irish government as the national airline of the Republic of Ireland.

1947 The first US ballistic missile fired

1969 The Apollo 10 mission sends a manned lunar module within eight miles of the Moon's surface in rehearsal for a summer Moon landing.

1970 The Cricket Council reverses a decision to allow South African cricketers to tour England, a move welcomed by anti-apartheid activist Peter Hain.

1970 Arab terrorists kill 9 children & 3 adults on a school bus

1972 Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified

1973 President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up

1977 Final European scheduled run of the Orient Express (94 years)

1981 Peter Sutcliffe, known as the Yorkshire Ripper, is sentenced to life imprisonment after the judge describes him as "an unusually dangerous man".

2010 "American boy, 13, breaks Everest record. Jordan Romero, a 13-year-old American became the youngest climber to ever summit Mount Everest"

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Post  SaintMike on Wed 23 May 2012, 10:57 am

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On May 23rd....

1275 King Edward I of England orders cessation of persecution of French Jews

1430 "Joan of Arc captured by Burgundians at Compiegne, who sell her to the British"

1533 The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.

1660 King Charles II returns from exile sails from Scheveningen to England

1701 "After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London."

1706 "Battle of Ramillies - the John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough defeats a French army under Marshal Villeroi."

1785 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

1865 "Flag flown at full staff over White House, first time since Lincoln shot"

1867 "Jesse James-gang rob bank in Richmond MO (2 die, $4,000 taken)"

1873 "Canada establishes the North West Mounted Police force (the ""Mounties"")"

1918 "SS Moldavia, lost off Littlehampton, Sussex. This P & O ship of 9,500 tons was requisitioned in 1915 and converted to an auxilliary cruiser and commissioned by the British Admiralty. Later she was used as a troopship after the USA joined the war and while carrying troops to France she was torpedoed. Most soldiers were rescued but 56 lost their lives."

1922 Walt Disney incorporates his first film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

1923 Launch of Belgium's SABENA airline.

1929 "The first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse, The Karnival Kid, was released."

1931 Whipsnade Zoo opens in Whipsnade Beds

1934 "American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana."

1937 "John D Rockefeller dies in Ormond Beach, Florida"

1939 "British decoration, George Cross, first presented"

1940 The first great dogfight involving the British Spitfire

1945 "World War II: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, commits suicide while in Allied custody."

1956 Presbyterian Church begins accepting women ministers

1962 Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in US Aurora 7

1966 The British government declares a state of emergency a week after the nation's seamen strike begins.

1969 "The Who release the rock opera ""Tommy"""

1977 More than 100 children and six teachers are taken hostage in a primary school in northern Holland.

1982 BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina

1984 At least four people are dead and dozens more injured in an explosion at a Lancashire water treatment plant.

1994 Funeral services are held at Arlington National Cemetery for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

1994 Pulp Fiction wins the award for best film at the 47th Cannes Film Festival

1998 The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, welcomes the resounding "yes" vote in the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement on Northern Ireland calling it "a day for joy".

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Post  SaintMike on Thu 24 May 2012, 9:17 am

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On May 24th....

1218 The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.

1689 English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants

1726 People's revolt due to increase in gin/brandy tax

1738 "John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day."

1809 Dartmoor Prison opens to house French prisoners of war

1830 Mary had a little lamb by Sarah Hale is published.

1844 "Samuel F B Morse opens America's first telegraph line between Washington, D C and Baltimore, MD with the message ""What hath God wrought!"""

1862 Westminster Bridge across Thames opens

1895 Henry Irving becomes the first personage from the theatre to be knighted.

1895 Playwright Oscar Wilde is convicted on a morals charge in London and sentenced to prison

1899 The first auto repair shop opens in Boston

1900 Second Boer War: The United Kingdom annexes the Orange Free State.

1902 Empire Day first celebrated in Britain

1909 Bristol University granted Royal Charter

1915 World War I: Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.

1921 British Legion is formed

1921 The first parliament for Northern Ireland elected

1929 "The Cocoanuts, the first film to star the Marx Brothers, opens."

1930 "Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly from England to Australia (she left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight)."

1941 "World War II: In the North Atlantic, the German Battleship Bismarck sinks the HMS Hood killing all but three crewmen on what was the pride of the Royal Navy."

1946 "Transjordan (now known as Jordan) becomes a kingdom, with King Abdulla Ibn Ul-Hussein as the new monarch"

1954 German airline Lufthansa forms

1956 "The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland and is won by the host nation."

1959 Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in England

1968 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession

1968 The President of France, Charles de Gaulle, issues an ultimatum to striking students and workers, 'Back me or sack me'.

1975 A group of 80 reporters and cameramen - including nine Britons - are allowed to fly out of Saigon.

1976 "London to Washington, DC Concorde service begins."

1976 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1989 A jury at the High Court in London awards £600,000 damages to Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, against the satirical magazine Private Eye.

1994 Four men convicted of bombing New York's World Trade Center in 1993 are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.

1999 Lawrence Dallaglio resigns as England's rugby union captain following newspaper allegations over hard drugs.

2001 "The Versailles wedding hall collapse in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200 in Israel's worst-ever civil disaster."

2002 Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.

2010 China Soccer rocked by corruption scandals. Players and officials from China and Hong Kong arrested on suspicion of taking bribes from gambling syndicates for match fixing.


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Post  SaintMike on Fri 25 May 2012, 9:16 am

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On May 25th....

1085 "Pope Gregory VII dies at Salerno; Henry IV extends the ""Peace of God"" over the entire Holy Roman Empire "

1521 "The Diet of Worms ends when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther an outlaw."

1659 Richard Cromwell resigns as English Lord Protector

1661 King Charles II marries Portuguese princess Catherina the Bragan‡a

1878 "Gilbert & Sullivans opera ""HMS Pinafore"" premieres in London"

1887 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die

1895 Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years hard labor for being a sodomite

1900 "Eyre M Shaw, 78, (yachtsman), becomes oldest gold medalist in the Olympics"

1927 Henry Ford stops producing Model T car (begins Model A)

1935 "Jesse Owens of Ohio State University, in one hour,breaks five world records and ties a sixth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan."

1953 "Nuclear testing: At the Nevada Test Site, the United States conducts its first and only nuclear artillery test."

1963 Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket

1963 Leaders of 32 African nations set up an organisation that will give them a united voice for the first time in African history.

1965 Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston in first round for heavyweight boxing title

1967 Celtic become the first British team to win the European Cup, beating favourites Internazionale Milan 2-1.

1969 """Midnight Cowboy"" released with an X rating"

1979 American Airlines DC-10 crashes in Chicago killing 275

1979 The price of milk is to go up by more than 10% to 15p a pint - three times the price it was five years ago.

1982 HMS Coventry is sunk during the Falklands War.

1986 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida

1994 The Camelot consortium wins the contract to run Britain's first national lottery starting in November.


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Re: COUNTDOWN!!......

Post  matty07uk on Fri 25 May 2012, 6:11 pm

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I want to know how a 95 year old woman gets a hole in one as bu**ered if I can!
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Re: COUNTDOWN!!......

Post  SaintMike on Sat 26 May 2012, 7:48 am

Don't worry about it Matty, she must have had years more experience than you!

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Post  SaintMike on Sat 26 May 2012, 8:08 am

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On May 26th......

1788 Mary Clark of England gives birth to a baby without a brain

1798 British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara

1805 Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned King of Italy

1889 Opening of the first Eiffel Tower elevator to the public.

1896 Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

1896 "Last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned"

1900 British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa

1908 "At Masjed Soleyman ( ) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the United Kingdom."

1913 Emily Duncan becomes Britain's first woman magistrate.

1950 Long queues appear at garages this evening and motorists have torn their ration books into confetti after an end to petrol rationing is announced.

1966 Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK

1972 The British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.

1981 The Italian Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due).

1983 "Strong 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan, triggers a tsunami that kills at least 104 people, injures thousands. Many missing people and thousands of buildings destroyed."

1984 "Frisbee is kept aloft for 1,672 seconds in Philadelphia"

1984 "Tulsa OK gets 13"" of rain, 14 die"

1985 "Explosions destroys 2 tankers off of Gibraltar, 30 die"

1987 Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail

1989 Danish parliament allows legal marriage among homosexuals

1991 All 223 passengers aboard a Laudia Air Boeing 767 are killed when the plane crashes in Thailand

1994 Michael Jackson (35) weds Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26)

2002 The Mars Odyssey finds signs of huge water ice deposits on the planet Mars.

2006 "The 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless."


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Post  SaintMike on Sun 27 May 2012, 8:14 am

First quarter of the countdown now complete......

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Post  SaintMike on Sun 27 May 2012, 8:38 am

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On May 27th.....

1679 Habeas Corpus Act (no false arrest & imprisonment) passed in UK

1796 James S McLean patents his piano

1844 Samuel F.B. Morse completes first telegraph line

1849 "The Great Hall of Euston station, London opened."

1856 Doctor William Palmer found guilty of poisoning

1878 Australia Cricket 41 & 12-1 defeat MCC 33 & 19

1907 Bubonic Plague breaks out in San Fransisco

1919 Charles Strite patents pop-up toaster

1929 "2nd Ryder Cup: Britain-Ireland, 7-5 at Moortown, England"

1930 "The 1,046 feet (319 meters) tall Chrysler Building in New York (tallest man-made structure at the time) opens to the public."

1933 "The Academy-Award-winning animated short The Three Little Pigs, is released by young animator Walt Disney"

1936 "The Queen Mary, sailing for the Cunard line, left England on its maiden voyage"

1939 "DC Comics publishes its second superhero in Detective Comics #27; he is Batman, one of the most topical comic book superheroes of all time."

1940 "World War II: 97 out of 99 members of a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are massacred while trying to surrender at Dunkirk. The German commander, Captain Fritz Knoechlein, is eventually hanged for war crimes."

1942 "Dorie Miller, awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor"

1942 "Hitler orders 10,000 Czechoslovakians murdered"

1942 Top German Nazi Reinhard Heydrich is shot & mortally wounded in Prague

1955 Anthony Eden's Conservatives win the general election with a clear majority, ending a five-year political stalemate.

1963 Jomo Kenyatta is certain to become prime minister after his party, Kenya African Nation Union, won the country's first general election.

1964 Jawaharlal Nehru, the founder of modern India and its current prime minister, dies suddenly at the age of 74.

1977 "2 Boeing 747s by Pan Am & KLM collide in Canary Islands, killing 582"

1980 The jury at the inquest of Blair Peach, the London teacher who died in a demonstration last year, returns a verdict of misadventure.

1985 Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997

1994 Alexander Solzhenitsyn flies back to his native Russia after 20 years living in exile.

1995 "In Charlottesville, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition."

1997 The first all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole


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Post  SaintMike on Mon 28 May 2012, 12:47 pm

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On May 28th.....

0585 "BC - A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of the Eclipse, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated."

1503 James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor are married by Pope Alexander VI according to Papal Bull.

1503 "The Treaty of Everlasting Peace between Scotland and England is signed, which would actually last 10 years."

1533 The Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declares the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid

1742 "The first indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)"

1923 Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere

1934 Hobbs scores his 197th & last FC cricket ton at 51 years 163 days

1934 The Glyndebourne festival in England is inaugurated.

1937 Neville Chamberlain becomes British Prime Minister.

1942 "World War II: In retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazis in Czechoslovakia kill over 1800 people."

1951 Princess Elizabeth opens the Exhibition of Industrial Power in Glasgow - the latest show in the Festival of Britain.

1953 "Premier of first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor-""Melody"""

1959 Two monkeys become the first living creatures to survive a space flight.

1967 Sir Francis Chichester arrives in Plymouth tonight in his yacht, Gipsy Moth IV, after completing his voyage around the world.

1971 "USSR Mars 3 launched, first spacecraft to soft land on Mars"

1972 "Edward VIII, former King of the United Kingdon, dies"

1974 Northern Ireland's first power-sharing assembly collapses after its leader Brian Faulkner steps down faced with rising opposition.

1982 Falklands War: British forces defeat the Argentines at the Battle of Goose Green.

1998 Pakistan explodes five underground nuclear devices in response to India's recent nuclear tests.

1999 Two Swedish police officers are murdered with their own fire arms by the bank robbers Jackie Arklv and Tony Olsson after a dramatic car chase.

1999 "In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's newly-restored masterpiece ""The Last Supper"" is put back on display."

2010 At least 73 killed in India train crash. Sabotage blamed


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Post  SaintMike on Tue 29 May 2012, 10:32 am

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On May 29th....

1453 "Byzantine-Ottoman Wars: Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih capture Constantinople after a siege, ending the Byzantine Empire."

1660 Charles II restored to English throne after Puritan Commonwealth

1692 Battle at La Hague: English & Dutch fleet beat France

1849 "Lincoln says ""You can fool some of the people all of the time, & all of people some of time, but you can't fool all of the people all of time"""

1868 "The assassination of Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia, in Belgrade."

1874 Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect

1884 The first steam cable trams start in highgate

1886 Putney Bridge opens in west London.

1900 "Trademark ""Escalator"" registered by Otis Elevator Co"

1903 "May coup d'etat: Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia, and Queen Draga, are assassinated in Belgrade by the Black Hand (Crna Ruka) organization."

1912 "15 young women fired by Curtis Publishing for dancing the ""Turkey Trot"" during their lunch break"

1914 "Ocean liner Empress of Ireland sinks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; 1,024 lives lost."

1917 John F. Kennedy was born on may 29 1917

1919 "Einstein's theory of general relativity is tested (later confirmed) by Arthur Eddington's observation of a total solar eclipse in Principe and by Andrew Crommelin in Sobral, Cear, Brazil."

1940 "HMS WAKEFUL, sunk off Nieuport, Belgium by 1 torpedo from German E-boat S-30."

1940 "In WWII, Germans capture Ostend & Ypres in Belgium & Lille in France"

1942 "Bing Crosby records ""White Christmas"""

1953 New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

1968 Manchester United become the first English club to win the European Cup beating Portuguese side Benfica by four goals to one.

1972 Three Japanese gunmen open fire at Lod International Airport in Israel, killing 26 people and injuring dozens more.

1973 "Columbia Records fires president Clive Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in funds, Davis will start Arista records"

1974 Northern Ireland is brought under direct rule from Westminster

1977 Sue Press is first woman golfer to hit consecutive holes-in one

1982 The Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, welcomes Pope John Paul II to Canterbury Cathedral.

1984 Miners and police clash at Orgreave. Police use riot gear for the first time since the miners' strike began as they face the biggest picket to date.

1985 Thirty-nine Juventus fans are crushed during rioting at the European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus in Brussels.

1987 Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains

1994 Great comet-iceball seen above North Sea

2010 Robbers stole $5.5 million from a southern Iraqi state bank after giving guards tea laced with a sleeping drug


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Post  SaintMike on Wed 30 May 2012, 5:36 pm

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1381 English boer uprising begins in Essex

1431 "Condemned heretic Joan of Arc is burned at the stake in Rouen, France"

1498 Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America

1536 English king Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour

1842 John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria

1889 The brassiere is invented

1896 "First car accident occurs, Henry Wells hit a bicyclist (NYC)"

1908 Paris advocate E Archdeacon is first passenger in an airplane

1913 "First Balkan War: Treaty of London, 1913 signed ending the war. Albania becomes an independent nation."

1946 United flight 521 crashes on takeoff at LaGuardia Airport (New York) 42 die

1959 World's first hovercraft (SR-N1) tested at Cowes

1961 "Dutch DC-8 crashes after takeoff at Lisbon, 62 die"

1966 300 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam

1967 The King of Jordan and President Abdel Nasser of Egypt sign a joint defence agreement in case of a conflict with Israel.

1967 "Robert ""Evel"" Knievel's motorcycle jumps 16 automobiles"

1971 US Mariner 9 first satellite to orbit Mars launched

1972 The Official IRA announces a ceasefire, but the Provisional IRA says it will continue fighting until the British leave Northern Ireland.

1972 The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.

1981 Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman is shot by group of rebel officers

1983 "Surrey all out for 14 vs Essex, their lowest score ever"

1987 Mike Tyson TKOs Pinklon Thomas in 6 for World Boxing Council heavyweight boxing title

1990 The French Government bans imports of British beef and live cattle because of fears over BSE or "mad cow" disease.

2001 Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas is sentenced to six months in prison over the country's biggest political scandal in recent history.

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Post  SaintMike on Thu 31 May 2012, 10:07 am

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On May 31st.....

1279 BC - Rameses II (The Great) (19th dynasty) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.

1578 "Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool's gold, used to pave streets in London."

1621 Sir Francis Bacon thrown into Tower of London for 1 night

1665 Jerusalem's rabbi Sjabtai Tswi proclaims himself Messiah

1669 "Citing poor eyesight, Samuel Pepys records the last event in his diary."

1678 Lady Godiva rides naked through Coventry in a protest of taxes

1759 The Province of Pennsylvania bans all theater productions.

1790 "The United States enacts its first copyright statute, the Copyright Act of 1790."

1878 "German battleship Grosser Kurfrst sinks, 284 killed"

1879 First electric railway opens at Berlin Trades Exposition

1884 "Dr John Harvey Kellogg patents ""flaked cereal"""

1889 "Johnstown Flood: Over 2,200 people die after a dam break sends a 60-foot (18-meter) wall of water over the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania."

1891 Work on trans-Siberian railway begins

1902 "Australia Cricket all out 36 vs England, Edgbaston, their lowest ever"

1902 Second Boer War: The Treaty of Vereeniging ends the war and ensures British control of South Africa.

1907 Taxis first began running in NYC

1911 R.M.S. Titanic launched.

1915 An LZ-38 Zeppelin makes an air raid on London fortelling the future

1916 "Battle of Skagerrak: British-German sea battle at Jutland (10,000 dead)"

1917 First jazz record released (Dark Town Strutters Ball)

1927 "The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles."

1942 Luftwaffe bombs Canterbury

1944 Allied breakthrough in Italy

1944 USS England sank a record 6th Japanese submarine in 13 days.

1955 Great Britain proclaims emergency crisis due to railroad strike

1957 US playwright Arthur Miller is convicted of contempt of Congress after refusing to reveal the names of alleged Communist writers.

1966 Nguyen Thi Can becomes the fifth Buddhist in three days to set fire to herself in protest against South Vietnam's regime.

1973 The US Senate votes to cut off funds for the bombing of Cambodia despite pleas from Dr Henry Kissinger.

1984 "Viv Richards hits 189 (170 balls) vs England, ODI cricket record"

1985 The Football Association, supported by Margaret Thatcher, bans English clubs from playing in Europe following the Heysel stadium tragedy.

1991 """These Are the Days of Our Lives"", the last Queen video with Freddie Mercury, is shot."

1991 "Oldest bride - Minnie Munro, 102, weds Dudley Reid, 83, in Australia"

1998 Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, leaves the phenomenally successful Spice Girls band.

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Post  SaintMike on Sat 02 Jun 2012, 8:35 am

Damn, got some catching up to do!!

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0193 Roman Emperor Didius Julianus assassinated.

1495 The first written record of Scotch Whiskey appears in Exchequer Rolls of Scotland. Friar John Cor is the distiller

1533 Anne Boleyn crowned queen.

1878 "Birth - John Masefield England, 15th poet laureate

1926 "Birth - Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Baker]

1928 "Birth - Bob Monkhouse Kent England, comedian

1935 The first driving tests are introduced in the United Kingdom.

1938 Superman Comics launched

1939 The first televised heavyweight boxing match-Max Baer vs Lou Nova

1943 "Actor Leslie Howard dies today when a civilian flight from Lisbon to London is shot down by the Germans during WWII, killing all on board."

1958 France's General Charles de Gaulle is invited back to the helm as the crisis in Algeria threatens to bring civil war to France itself.

1970 The Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, has been hit in the face with an egg thrown by a Young conservative demonstrator.

1979 Rhodesia formally ends nearly 90 years of white minority rule and declares it will now be known as Zimbabwe-Rhodesia

1985 More than 300 people are arrested as police intercept a convoy of hippies going to Stonehenge.

1993 Serb forces shell a football match in Bosnia killing 11 people, including four children.

2001 The heir to the throne of Himalayan kingdom of Nepal massacres the royal family before turning the gun on himself.

2004 "Nevada-tan killed classmate Satomi Mitarai with box cutter, by slitting her throat after Satomi Mitarai left insults on Nevada-tan's journal on her own website."

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On June 2nd....

0455 Gaiseric & the Vandals sack Rome

1098 First Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch ends as Crusader forces take the city. The second siege would later start on June 7.

1491 Birth - Henry VIII King of England (1509-47)

1692 "Bridget Bishop is the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, is found guilty, and would go on to be hanged on June 10."

1740 "Birth - Marquis de Sade 1st known sadist

1780 The Derby horse race is held for the first time.

1793 "Jean-Paul Marat recites the names of 29 people to the French National Convention. Almost all of these are guillotined, followed by 17,000 more over the course of the next year during the Reign of Terror."

1835 P. T. Barnum and his circus begins their first tour of the United States.

1840 "Birth - Thomas Hardy England, poet/novelist (Mayor of Casterbridge)"

1857 "Birth - Edward Elgar, Broadheath, England, composer (Pomp & Circumstance)"

1897 "Mark Twain, responding to rumors that he was dead at age 61, is quoted by the New York Journal as saying: ""The report of my death was an exaggeration."""

1910 "The first roundtrip flight over the English Channel (C.S. Rolls, England)"

1953 Queen Elizabeth II is crowned at a coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London.

1964 "Rolling Stones first US concert tour debuts in Lynn, Mass"

1966 The United States lands a spacecraft on the Moon on its first try, but four months behind the Soviet Union.

1976 Jockey Lester Piggott wins the Epsom Derby for a record seventh time, riding the French-trained Emperie.

1979 The Pope is greeted by two million people as he sets foot on his native soil of Poland.

1985 English clubs are banned from playing in Europe indefinitely, after the riot at Brussels' Heysel stadium in which 39 people died.

1989 "10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing"

1989 Rolling Stones Bill Wyman marries Mandy Smith

1990 "Death - Rex Harrison actor (My Fair Lady), dies at 82 of cancer"

1994 Twenty of Britain's top intelligence experts are killed when a RAF helicopter crashes on the Mull of Kintyre.

2003 "Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan."


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0350 "Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, proclaims himself Roman Emperor, entering Rome at the head of a group of gladiators."

1098 "Christian Crusaders seize Antioch, Turkey"

1665 "James Stuart, Duke of York (later to become King James II of England) defeats the Dutch Fleet off the coast of Lowestoft."

1761 Birth - Henry Shrapnel English inventor (shrapnel shell)

1865 Birth - George V king of England (1910-36)

1881 Death - Japanese giant salamander dies in Dutch zoo at 55; oldest amphibian

1885 Last military engagement fought on Canadian soil: Cree leader Big Bear escapes the North West Mounted Police.

1900 The International Ladies' Garment Workers Union is founded

1913 "Birth - Ellen Corby Racine, Wisc, actress (Grandma Walton-The Waltons)"

1935 "The French steamship Normandie sets Atlantic crossing record of 1,077 hours"

1937 "The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne, marries Wallis Warfield Simpson."

1956 "British Rail renames 'Third Class' passenger facilities as 'Second Class' (Second Class facilities had been abolished in 1875, leaving just First Class and Third Class)."

1957 Noel Coward returns from Jamaica for a short visit to Britain and rebuffs suggestions he has become a tax exile.

1962 An Air France Boeing 707 crashes on take-off at Orly Airport killing all but two of those on board.

1964 Ringo Starr collapses from tonsilitis & pharyngitis

1965 "Launch of Gemini 4, the first multi-day space mission by a NASA crew."

1981 Pope John Paul II released from hospital after attempt on life

1982 Shlomo Argov, the Israeli ambassador to Britain, is critically ill in hospital after being shot on a London street.

1991 Three members of the IRA are ambushed and killed by soldiers in Northern Ireland acting on intelligence information.

1998 "Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derails in Lower Saxony, Germany, causing 101 deaths."


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1039 Henry III becomes Holy Roman Emperor.

1070 "Roquefort cheese created in a cave near Roquefort, France"

1584 "Sir Walter Raleigh establishes first English colony on Roanoke Island, old Virginia (now North Carolina)."

1647 British army seizes King Charles I as a prisoner

1769 "A transit of Venus is followed five hours later by a total solar eclipse, the shortest such interval in the historical past."

1783 Montgolfier brothers launch first hot-air balloon (unmanned)

1876 "An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after having left New York City."

1878 Cyprus Convention: The Ottoman Empire cedes Cyprus to the United Kingdom but retains nominal title.

1892 Abercrombie & Fitch was founded

1940 As the last Allied soldier leaves Dunkirk, the British Prime Minister vows his forces "shall never surrender".

1944 "World War II: Rome falls to the Allies, the first Axis capital to fall."

1964 "Beatles ""World Tour"" begins in Copenhagen Denmark"

1968 Dover residents prepare to get rid of "these horrible birds" in the drive to create a cleaner, quieter seaside resort.

1977 Five British plane-spotters imprisoned in Greece for spying are released after 10 weeks in jail.

1989 The Chinese army storms a mass demonstration in Tiananmen Square, killing several hundred people.

1991 The United Kingdom's Conservative government announces that some British regiments would disappear or be merged into others, the largest armed forces cuts in almost twenty years.

2006 The World's largest cruise ship MS Freedom of the Seas makes it's maiden voyage(Caribbean)


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June 5th....

0070 Titus and his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem in the Siege of Jerusalem

1661 "Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge"

1718 "Birth - Thomas Chippendale England, furniture maker (baptized)"

1783 Joseph & Jacques Montgolfier make first public balloon flight

1832 Parisian student uprisings of 1832 begin.

1895 "Birth - William Boyd Ohio, cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy)"

1900 Second Boer War: British soldiers take Pretoria.

1900 "The German Cruise liner, Deutschland III sets a new speed record."

1916 "Death - Horatio H Kitchener British General (Sudan), dies at 65"

1917 "World War I: Conscription begins in the United States as ""Army registration day."""

1940 Battle of France begins in WW II

1942 "Eichmann officially notes that since December 1941, 97,000 people have been ""processed"" in three gas-vans."

1942 Birth of SaintMike's first wife Margaret (1942-77)

1944 The people of Rome crowd onto the streets to welcome the victorious Allied troops.

1945 "USA, UK, USSR, France declare supreme authority over Germany"

1956 "Elvis Presley introduces his new single, ""Hound Dog"", on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements."

1959 The first government of the State of Singapore is sworn in.

1963 Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, resigns admitting he lied to Parliament about his relationship with a call girl.

1967 Israeli forces launch a pre-emptive strike on Egypt prompting Arab allies to get involved in a ground and air battle.

1968 Senator Robert Kennedy is shot and seriously wounded shortly after giving a victory speech in a Los Angeles hotel.

1972 World leaders attend the funeral in Windsor of the Duke of Windsor, the former King of Britain who abdicated in 1936.

1975 Egypt reopens the Suez Canal to international shipping. The canal had been closed for 8 years since the 1967 war (6 day war) with Israel.

1975 "The UK holds its first and only UK-wide referendum, on remaining in the EEC."

1977 "The Apple II, the first practical personal computer, goes on sale."

1981 "The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that five homosexual men in Los Angeles, California have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS."

1984 Indira Gandhi orders attack on Sikh's holiest site (Golden Temple)

1989 Initial results suggest Poland's Solidarity party will claim a remarkable success in the country's elections.

1992 New figures show the number of people in UK having their water supplies cut off for failing to pay their bills has almost trebled in a year.

2003 "Severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50C in the region."


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June 6th....

1436 Birth - Regiomontanus (Johannes Mller) prepares astronomical tables

1523 Gustavus I becomes king of Sweden (Swedish National Day)

1683 "The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world's first university museum."

1752 "A devastating fire destroys one-third of Moscow, including 18,000 homes."

1808 "Napoleon's brother, Joseph Bonaparte is crowned King of Spain."

1832 The barricades fall and the Paris student uprisings of 1832 end.

1841 First full census in Britain in which all names were recorded

1844 The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London.

1882 "Electric iron patented by Henry W. Seely, NYC"

1882 "More than 100,000 inhabitants of Bombay are killed as a cyclone in the Arabian Sea pushes huge waves into the harbour."

1889 Great Fire in Seattle destroys 25 downtown blocks

1896 George Samuelson leaves NY harbor to row across the Atlantic

1921 "Southwark Bridge in London, is opened for traffic by King George V and Queen Mary"

1925 The Chrysler Corporation is founded by Walter Percy Chrysler.

1933 "The first drive-in theater opens, in Camden, New Jersey, United States."

1944 "General Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969) led the Allied Invasion of Normandy on D-Day. 2.9 million Allied troops, 15,000 planes, and 5000 ships were mobilized in crossing the English Channel to land on the beaches of Normandy. Paris was liberated from German rule on August 25 and Brussels on September 2."

1944 "Hanna Senesz, a Jewish girl originally from Hungary, who had immigrated to Palestine, parachutes behind German lines to connect with Hungarian and Slovak resistance fighters. Caught on the Hungarian border, she dies knowing that her mission has given strength to those suffering in the camps."

1944 Theodore Roosevelt Jr receives congressional medal of honor

1946 Henry Morgan is first to take off shirt on TV

1946 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.

1955 "Bill Haley & Comets, ""Rock Around the Clock"" hits #1"

1956 "Birth - Bjorn Borg, Sodertlage Sweden, tennis champ (Wimbledon 1976-79)"

1960 "Roy Orbison releases ""Only the Lonely"""

1966 "Death - Claudette Orbison wife of singer Roy, dies in a motorcyle crash"

1966 James Meredith, the first black man to brave the colour bar at the University of Mississippi, is shot in the back and legs while on a civil rights march.

1967 6 day war between Israel & Arab neighbors begin

1969 The first Internet connection was created when network control protocol packets were sent from the data port of one IMP to another

1972 Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (w*** Rhodesia)

1972 Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London

1975 British voters back the UK's continued membership of the EEC by two-to-one in a nationwide referendum.

1976 Death - J Paul Getty oil magnate dies at 83 in London

1980 Bjorn Borg beats John McEnroe for Wimbledon title

1981 "A passenger train travelling between Mansi and Saharsa, India, jumps the tracks at a bridge crossing the Bagmati river. The government places the official death toll at 268 plus another 300 missing; however, it is generally believed that the actual figure is closer to 1,000 killed."

1984 Nearly 300 people are killed as Indian troops storm the Golden Temple in Amritsar, held by Sikh militants.

1994 "A Chinese passenger jet crashes, killing all 160 people on board."

1994 "In Colombia a 6.7 quake results in at least 295 people killed, 500 missing, 13,000 homeless and severe damage caused to houses, highways and bridges by the earthquake and ensuing landslides"

1994 Six detainees held in an Oxfordshire immigration centre make their escape after a rooftop protest.

1999 "At the Putim maximum security prison in Brazil, 345 prisoners run from the main gate in the largest jailbreak in Brazilian history, marking the 10th escape for the three-year-old facility. In the ensuing manhunt, two fugitives are killed and five innocent bystanders are accidentally jailed."

2002 "Eastern Mediterranean Event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb."

2004 "Tamil was established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament."

2010 "UAE lays claim to world's furthest leaning tower. The Capital Gate building in the desert kingdom's capital, Abu Dhabi, has been certified by Guinness World Records as the ""World's Furthest Leaning Man-made Tower."" How far does it lean? Nearly five times farther than the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. But unlike the tower in Pisa, the Capital Gate building has been deliberately engineered to slant."


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On June 7th......

1099 The First Crusade: The Siege of Jerusalem begins.

1329 Death of Robert the Bruce; succeeded by infant David II of Scots

1893 Gandhi's first act of civil disobedience (in South Africa)

1903 Professor Pierre Curie reveals the discovery of the element Polonium.

1906 "Cunard Line's RMS Lusitania is launched at the John Brown Shipyard, Glasgow(Clydebank), Scotland."

1924 George Leigh-Mallory disappears 775' from Everest's summit

1939 "The first king & queen of England to visit US, George VI & Elizabeth"

1942 The United States routs the Japanese Navy in a major three-day battle over a remote military base at Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean.

1963 "First Rolling Stones TV appearance (Thank Your Lucky Stars) & release first single, ""Come on"""

1977 More than one million people line the streets of London as the Queen marks the start of her silver jubilee.

1981 Israel shocks the world by destroying the Osirak nuclear plant near the Iraqi capital for fear it would be used to make atom bombs.

1990 France, West Germany and Italy lift a ban on British beef-on-the-bone after reaching a deal in Brussels.

2000 Tony Blair, the UK prime minister is heckled and criticised by Women's Institute members as he gives a speech at their conference.

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On June 8th....

0452 Italy invaded by Attila the Hun

0570 Religion of Islam (submission) founded in Mecca

0632 "Mohammed, founder of Islam, dies. (probable date)."

0793 The first Viking raid on British soil at Lindisfarne where a set date for the raid is known.

1191 Richard I arrives in Acre thus beginning his crusade.

1405 "Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York and Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk, executed in York on Henry IV's orders."

1783 "The volcano Laki, in Iceland, begins an eight-month eruption which kills over 9,000 people and starts a seven-year famine."

1786 First commercially-made ice cream sold (NY)

1824 Washing machine patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec

1917 Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School

1937 "World's largest flower blooms in NY Botanical Garden, 12' calla lily"

1940 "HMS GLORIOUS sunk west of Lofoten Islands in Norwegian Sea by 11in gunfire of German battlecruisers 'Scharnhorst' and 'Gneisenau'.1,207 men lost, c40 survivors. Escorting destroyers 'Acasta' and 'Ardent' also sunk"

1949 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is published.

1949 "Such celebrities as Helen Keller, Dorothy Parker, Danny Kaye, Fredric March, John Garfield, Paul Muni and Edward G. Robinson are named in an FBI report as Communist Party members."

1950 "General Sir Thomas Blamey, Commander-in-Chief Allied Land Forces, South West Pacific Area, World War Two, made a Field Marshal, the only Australian appointment to this rank in Australian military history"

1963 Dr Stephen Ward, a London osteopath and friend of Christine Keeler, is arrested and charged with living on immoral earnings

1965 US troops ordered to fight offensively in Vietnam

1968 James Earl Ray is arrested for the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.

1969 Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones

1978 Yachtswoman Naomi James breaks the solo round-the-world sailing record by two days.

1982 Reagan addresses joint session of British Parliament

1982 Up to 50 British servicemen are killed in an Argentine air attack on two supply ships in the Falklands.

1999 Ex-cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken is jailed for 18 months after admitting he lied during a libel action.

2010 "Taliban executes boy, 7, for spying - Afghanistan"


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0068 "Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditus to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging."

1549 UK First Book of Common Prayer sanctioned by English Parliament

1772 British vessel Gaspee is burned off of Rhode Island.

1822 Charles Graham receives a patent for false teeth

1856 "500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts."

1870 Author Charles Dickens dies in England.

1898 China leases Hong Kong's new territories to Britain for 99 years

1957 Anthony Eden resigns as British PM

1958 The Queen has opened an extended airport at Gatwick, south of London, modernised at a cost of £7m.

1970 King Hussein of Jordan escapes an assassination attempt after gunmen open fire on his motorcade as it drives near his summer palace.

1975 The first live transmission from the House of Commons is broadcast by BBC Radio and commercial stations.

1977 George & Patti Harrison divorce

1978 "Gutenberg Bible (1 of 21) sells for $2.4 million, London"

1979 "Michael Cairney topples a record row of 169,713 dominoes"

1983 Margaret Thatcher leads the Conservatives to a landslide second term election victory. Tony Blair is elected for the first time to Parliament.

1995 Andrew Richards is imprisoned for life for the attempted rape of another man in the first case of its kind in Britain.

2010 "Statistics show being short isn't easy. Short people are 50 percent more likely to have a heart attack. Short people make less money, have a harder time finding a mate, and are less likely to be elected to public office."

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On June 10th....

1190 Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the Sally River while leading an army to Jerusalem.

1692 "Salem witch trials: Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for ""certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries""."

1720 Mrs Clements of England markets first paste-style mustard

1752 Ben Franklin's kite is struck by lightning

1756 "UK history Black Hole of Calcutta ? 146 Britons imprisoned, most die according to British sources"

1770 Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.

1793 "The Jardin des Plantes museum opens in Paris (becoming, a year later, the first public zoo)."

1829 First Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race

1846 Robert Thomson obtains an English patent on a rubber tyre

1902 Patent for window envelope granted to H.F. Callahan

1909 A Morse Code SOS signal is transmitted for the first time in an emergency as the Cunard liner SS Slavonia is wrecked off the Azores.

1935 Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in New York City.

1947 Saab produces its first automobile.

1948 Test pilot Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier in the Bell XS-1.

1966 "Beatles ""Paperback Writer"" is released in the UK"

1967 Israeli forces stop their advance into Syria and comply with a UN ceasefire bringing to an end six days of fighting on three fronts.

1976 "67,000 fans attends Wings concert at Seattle's Kingdome"

1977 James Earl Ray (Martin Luther King's killer) escapes from prison

1977 An elusive goldfish-eating perch with a prodigious appetite is finally netted after two years on the rampage in a Kent pond.

1981 IRA's Joseph Doherty escapes from Crumlin Road Jail

1986 Patrick Joseph Magee is found guilty of planting the Brighton bomb which killed five people two years ago.

1988 "Greatest number of participants (31,678) on a bicycle tour (London)"

1999 Nato suspends its 11-week aerial war on Kosovo as Serb troops begin to withdraw.

2000 London's newest bridge is closed for safety checks after large crowds cause it to sway violently.

2002 First direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.

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0631 "Emperor Taizong of Tang, the Emperor of China, sent envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk in order to persuade the release of enslaved Chinese prisoners who were captured during the transition from Sui to Tang from the northern frontier; this embassy succeeded in freeing 80,000 Chinese men and women who were then returned to China."

1509 Marriage of King Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon.

1798 Napoleon Bonaparte takes the island of Malta.

1939 "King & Queen of England taste first ""hot dogs"" at FDR's party"

1947 WW II sugar rationing finally ends

1955 Seventy-seven people are killed and 77 others injured when a racing car spins off the track and into the crowd at Le Mans.

1959 The Hovercraft invented by Christopher Cockerell is officially launched in Southampton.

1959 "Postmaster General bans D.H. Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover"

1960 House packed with wedding celebrants collapses killing 30 (Pakistan)

1962 "Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin become the only prisoners to successfully escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island."

1966 SaintMike marries first wife Margaret

1968 French student rebel leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit arrives in Britain stirring up fears of campus unrest.

1976 The trial of 13 mercenaries - 10 of them British - begins in Angola with the public still in the dark over the exact charges.

1987 Margaret Thatcher is first British PM in 160 years to win 3rd cons term

1988 "Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute Wembley Stadium, London."

1990 UN appoints Olivia Newton-John environmental ambassador

1998 More than a million people in Sudan are facing starvation, prompting the United Nations to declare an official famine in the region.

2002 "American Idol began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002."

2004 Ronald Reagan's funeral held at Washington National Cathedral.

2005 G8 finance ministers agree to cancel the debt owed by 18 of the poorest countries.

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1381 Peasants' Revolt: In England rebels arrive at Blackheath.

1429 "Hundred Years' War: Joan of Arc leads the French army in their capture of the city and the English commander, William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the second day of the Battle of Jargeau."

1653 First Anglo-Dutch War: Battle of the Gabbard lasted until June 13.

1665 England installs a municipal government in New York City. This was the former Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.

1849 "Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett, Louisville, Ky"

1885 "At a murder trial in France, a roof collapses, killing 30 people."

1889 88 are killed in the Armagh rail disaster near Armagh in what is now Northern Ireland.

1896 J.T. Hearne sets a cricket record for the earliest date of taking 100 first-class wickets.

1897 "In Assam. India a 8.7 earthquake caused caused the complete devastation of over 9,000 square miles and was felt over 1.75 million square miles. Over 1500 deaths"

1922 "In Windsor Castle, King George V receives the colours of the six Irish regiments that are to be disbanded - the Royal Irish Regiment, the Connaught Rangers, the South Irish Horse, the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment, the Royal Munster Fusiliers and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers."

1931 Al Capone is indicted for violating Prohibition laws.

1940 "World War II: 13,000 British and French troops surrender to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel at Saint-Valery-en-Caux."

1942 Holocaust: Future essayist Anne Frank receives a diary for her thirteenth birthday.

1943 "Holocaust: German Nazis liquidate Jewish Ghetto in Berezhany, western Ukraine. On Saturday morning, 1,180 Jews of Berezhany were led to face death at city's old Jewish graveyard, where they had been shot into a mass grave."

1944 First V1 flying bombs hit London

1962 Three inmates convicted of bank robbery are missing from America's most notorious prison in California, Alcatraz.

1964 The leader of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is given a life sentence for sabotage.

1965 The Beatles are awarded the MBE

1967 Israel wins 6 day war

1967 USSR launches Venera 4 for parachute landing on Venus. (it will become the first space probe to enter another planet's atmosphere and successfully return data).

1975 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is barred from holding office for six years after she being found guilty of electoral corruption.

1978 "David Berkowitz, the ""Son of Sam"" killer in New York City, is sentenced to 365 years in prison for six killings."

1986 Derek Hatton, the controversial deputy leader of Liverpool Council, is thrown out of the Labour Party for belonging to the leftwing Militant faction.

1994 Maiden flight of the Boeing 777

1994 "Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are murdered outside her home in Los Angeles, California. O.J. Simpson is later acquitted of the killings, but is held liable in a civil suit."


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