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16th May 1966 (51 Years)
The Communist Party of China issued the "May 16 Notice" marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
17th May 1866 (151 Years)
Erik Satie, eccentric Impressionist French composer and pianist, is born.
17th May 1886 (131 Years)
Alfonso XIII, King of Spain from 1886 until 1931, and monarch from birth, as his father Alfonso XII had died the previous year, was born.
17th May 1915 (102 Years)
The last British Liberal Party government (led by Herbert Henry Asquith) falls.
18th May 1291 (726 Years)
Fall of Acre. This event marked the end of Crusader presence in the Holy Land.
18th May 1868 (149 Years)
Czar Nicholas II, last Emperor of Russia, was born.
18th May 1897 (120 Years)
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.
18th May 1927 (90 Years)
15,000,000th Ford Model T comes off the assembly line.
19th May 1593 (424 Years)
Jacob Jordaens, Flemish painter and illustrator, was born.
19th May 1864 (153 Years)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist and short story writer, author of "The Scarlet Letter" died.
19th May 1918 (99 Years)
Ferdinand Hodler, one of the best-known Swiss painters of the nineteenth century, died.
19th May 1943 (74 Years)
WWII: Monday, May 1, 1944 is set as the date for the Normandy landings: D-Day. It would later be delayed over a month due to bad weather.
19th May 1980 (37 Years)
Nine people died following the massive eruption of Mount St Helens volcano in Washington State, USA.
19th May 1984 (33 Years)
John Betjeman, a British poet, writer and broadcaster, died.
20th May 1764 (253 Years)
Johann Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor, designed the Quadriga chariot driven by Victoria atop the Brandenburg Gate, is born.
20th May 1818 (199 Years)
William Fargo, American businessman and politician, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express, was born.
20th May 1891 (126 Years)
First public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope.
20th May 1913 (104 Years)
The first Chelsea Flower Show held in London.
20th May 1927 (90 Years)
Charles Lindbergh, a 25-year-old U.S. Air Mail pilot, flies non-stop from Long Island, New York to Paris, France.
20th May 1927 (90 Years)
The famous aviator Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
20th May 1956 (61 Years)
Max Beerbohm, English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist best known today for his novel Zuleika Dobson, dies.
20th May 1956 (61 Years)
America’s first H-Bomb is detonated 15,000 feet over the Pacific Atoll Bikini, after being dropped from a B-52 jet bomber.
21st May 1844 (173 Years)
Henri Rousseau was born.
21st May 1932 (85 Years)
Amelia Earhart completes first female solo transatlantic flight.
21st May 1932 (85 Years)
Amelia Earhart completes first female solo transatlantic flight.
22nd May 1907 (110 Years)
Sir Laurence Olivier, actor, is born.
22nd May 1907 (110 Years)
Sir Laurence Olivier, actor, was born.
22nd May 1938 (79 Years)
William James Glackens, American realist painter and one of the founders of the Ashcan School of American art, died.
22nd May 1967 (50 Years)
Langston Hughes, American jazz poet, dies.
23rd May 1618 (399 Years)
Beginning of the Thirty Years War, it will last for 29 years, 11 months, and 22 days.

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