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Forward Planner: News Anniversaries for the next 6 months

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May 2019

1 Year (2018)
May 02: Cambridge Analytica to shut down after Facebook scandal
May 03: Spain - The separatist group ETA officially announces its final dissolution after 40 years of conflict and more than 800 deaths in Spain.
May 03: Hawaii - The 2018 lower Puna eruption causes destruction of structures and forces many citizens of Hawaii to evacuate as lava floods the land.
May 05: NASA's unmanned spaceprobe InSight is launched. It is expected to land on Mars in November and use a drill to conduct geological science.
May 08: May 8–12 – The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is held in Lisbon, Portugal, and is won by Israeli entrant Netta Barzilai with the song Toy.
May 08: US: Donald trump pulls out of the Iran nuclear deal.
May 08: U.S. President Donald Trump announces his intention to withdraw the United States from the Iranian nuclear agreement. In a statement, former U.S. President Barack Obama calls the move "a serious mistake".
May 09: Malaysia -The opposition-led Pakatan Harapan coalition, led by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, secures a parliamentary majority in the Malaysian Parliament, ending the 61-year rule of the Barisan Nasional coalition since independence in 1957.
May 13: Dame Tessa Jowel died of brain cancer aged 70. In her honour the government doubles funding to the NHS in that area.
May 16: Malaysia - The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, pardons Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and is immediately released.
May 18: Texas - 10 shot dead in Texas school shooting (Santa Fe)
May 18: Cubana de Aviación Flight 972 crashes shortly after take-off near José Martí International Airport in Havana, killing 112 and leaving only one survivor.
May 18: Cuba: Boeing 737 crashes moments after take off in Havana Cuba
May 19: UK - The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is held at St George's Chapel, England, with an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion.
May 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry in Windsor
May 24: USA: Trump pulls out of N Korean summit.
May 24: N Korea - Foreign journalists report that tunnels in the Punggye-ri nuclear test site have been destroyed by the North Korean government in a move to reduce regional tensions.
May 25: The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, imposing strict privacy controls for European citizens worldwide.
May 25: Ireland - A constitutional referendum on whether to repeal the ban on abortion in Ireland takes place, with a landslide win of 66.4% to 33.6% for the repeal side.
May 25: Ireland vote to repeal the eighth amendment to relax abortion laws
May 29: North Korea sends an advisor to US to prepare way for talks
May 30: US slaps tariffs on EU steel and aluminium
May 31: The U.S. announces that it will extend its tariffs on imported steel (25%) and aluminium (10%) to include the EU, Mexico and Canada, starting at midnight.

2 Years (2017)
May 05: Local Council Elections & City Mayor Elections in UK.
May 07: Emmanuel Macron beats Marine Le Pen by 66% to 34% in Presidential election.
May 09: US President Donald Trump sacks FBI director James Comey.
May 09: 11 yr old girl killed on water ride, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Staffs.
May 12: English NHS services hit by major IT failure, caused by large-scale cyber-attack.
May 12: Cyber attack by 'Ransomware' affects 5,000 systems in over 100 countries.
May 15: UK: Death Moors murderer Ian Brady,79 in secure psychiatric unit, Merseyside.
May 22: Suicide bomber murders 22 at end of evening concert at Manchester Arena.
May 23: Death of English actor Sir Roger Moore, 89 ('Ivanhoe', 'The Saint', 'James Bond').
May 27: Major IT failure at British Airways disrupts flights from Heathrow & elsewhere.
May 27: Arsenal bt Chelsea to win FA Cup (record 7th cup win for manager Arsene Wenger).

5 Years (2014)
May 01: UK: Barrister & part-time judge Constance Briscoe jailed for perverting course of justice.
May 02: UK: Publicist Max Clifford jailed for 8 years for indecent assaults on women & girls.
May 05: Over 300 killed by Boko Haram Islamic terrorists during attacks in Nigeria.
May 07: Leslie Thomas, author of 'The Virgin Soldiers', dies aged 83.
May 19: Death of former world champion racing driver Sir Jack Brabham aged 88.
May 23: UK: Major fire badly damages Glasgow School of Art building.
May 26: UK Independence Party receives 27% share of vote in European Parliament elections.
May 28: Death of Maya Angelou, American author, poet and civil rights activist aged 86.
May 31: UK: 3 killed when car hits spectators at Jim Clark Rally in Scotland.

10 Years (2009)
May 08: Daily Telegraph publishes details of British MPs' expense claims.
May 08: Daily Telegraph publishes controversial details of British MPs' expense claims.
May 16: English football club Manchester Utd win Premiership tilte 3rd consecutive year.
May 16: English football club Manchester Utd win Premiership tilte 3rd consequtive year.
May 19: UK: Resignation of House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin.
May 22: Opening of Whitelee Wind Farm, Scotland. Largest onshore wind farm in Europe.
May 22: UK: Opening of Whitelee Wind Farm, Scotland. Largest onshore wind farm in Europe.
May 31: Death of Millvina Dean, last surviving passenger on the 'Titanic' which sank in 1912.
May 31: Death of Millvina Dean, last surviving passenger on Titanic which sank 1912.
May 31: Death of British drag artist entertainer Danny La Rue aged 81.

15 Years (2004)
May 01: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia join European Union.
May 01: Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia & Slovenia join European Union.
May 06: US TV network NBC broadcasts final episode of comedity sitcom 'Friends'.
May 08: UK: BBC TV broadcasts final edition of 'Parkinson' interview programme.
May 19: Fathers4Justice protestors throw purple flour on PM Tony Blair in Commons.
May 19: UK: Fathers4Justice protestors throw purple flour on PM Tony Blair in Commons.

20 Years (1999)
May 06: 1st Elections for Scottish Parliament & Welsh National Assembly.
May 19: UK: ITV broadcasts 1st British Soap Awards ceremony.
May 20: UK: ITV broadcasts 1st Pride of Britain Awards ceremony.
May 24: England Rugby Union Captain Lawrence Dallaglio resigns following drug allegations.
May 26: Man Utd complete football 'treble' beating Bayern Munich in Champions League Final.

25 Years (1994)
May 01: Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna dies in crash during San Marino Grand Prix.
May 01: Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna dies in crash during San Marion Grand Prix.
May 06: Official opening of Channel Tunnel between England & France.
May 10: Nelson Mandela inaugurated as South Africa's 1st black President.
May 12: UK: Sudden death of Labour Party leader John Smith aged 55.
May 19: Death of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former wife of US President John Kennedy.
May 19: Death Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former wife of US President John Kennedy.
May 25: Camelot consortium wins contract to operate Britain's 1st national lottery.
May 26: American singer Michael Jackson marries Lisa Marie Presley.
May 27: Russian dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia after 20 year exile.

30 Years (1989)
May 01: UK: ITV broadcasts final edition of 'The Benny Hill Show'.
May 13: Former WW2 RAF pilot Jackie Mann, 74, kidnapped & held hostage in Beirut.
May 20: China adopts martial law to stop pro-democracy marches in Tiananmen Square.
May 24: Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of murderer Peter Sutcliffe, wins £600,000 damages against Private Eye.
May 26: Death of former Leeds Utd & England football manager Don Revie.

35 Years (1984)
May 04: Death of British actress Diana Dors aged 52.
May 06: UK ITV broadcasts 1st edition of entertainment programme 'Surprise, Surprise'.
May 08: UK: Official opening of Thames Flood Barrier, London
May 08: Soviet Union announces boycott of 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles.
May 19: Death of British Poet Laureate John Betjeman aged 77.
May 28: Death of British comedian Eric Morecambe aged 58 ('Morecambe & Wise').
May 29: UK: Major clashes between miners & police at Orgreave, Sheffield during national strike.

40 Years (1979)
May 04: UK: Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher wins General Election.
May 04: UK: Margaret Thatcher is 1st woman Prime Minister of UK.

45 Years (1974)
May 01: England Football Manager Sir Alf Ramsey sacked.
May 17: Ulster Volunteer Force explode 3 car bombs in Dublin. 23 killed.
May 28: Northern Ireland's 1st power-sharing Assembly collapses following mass resignations.

55 Years (1964)
May 02: UK: Death of Lady Nancy Astor, 1st woman elected to sit in House of Commons.
May 05: UK: ITV broadcasts 1st episode 'Seven Up' (following children's lives in UK).
May 27: Death of 1st Prime Minister of India, Jawaharial Nehru aged 74.
May 28: Founding of Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO).
May 30: UK: BBC TV broadcasts 1st episode 26 part documentary 'The Great War'.

60 Years (1959)
May 03: Birth of British comedian & comic scriptwriter Ben Elton (co-writer 'Blackadder').
May 28: 2 monkeys are 1st living creatures to survive space flight after US launch & re-entry.
May 28: 2 monkeys 1st living creatures to survive space flight after US launch & re-entry.

65 Years (1954)
May 06: British athlete Roger Bannister is 1st person to run a mile in under 4 minutes.
May 20: US: Bill Haley & Comets release 'Rock Around The Clock'.
May 29: British athlete Diane Leather 1st woman to run mile in under 5 minutes.
May 29: British athlete Diane Leather 1st woman to run a mile in under 5 minutes.

70 Years (1949)
May 04: Many members of Torino Football Club killed in plane crash near Turin.
May 11: Country of Siam officially changes name to Thailand.
May 12: Soviet Union lifts its blockade of Berlin.

75 Years (1944)
May 18: WW2: Polish troops capture Monte Casino, Italy after 5 month battle.

80 Years (1939)
May 01: 1st published appearance of comic book hero 'Batman'.
May 22: Germany & Italy sign a 'Pact of Steel' in Berlin.

85 Years (1934)
May 03: Birth of British heavyweight boxing champion Henry Cooper.
May 03: Birth of US Frankie Valli, leader singer of 'The Four Seasons' ('Walk Like a Man').
May 09: Birth in leeds of English playwright Alan Bennett ('The History Boys', 'Lady In A Van').
May 09: Birth of British playwright Alan Bennett.
May 23: US bank robbers Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow shot & killed by police.
May 25: Death of English composer Gustav Holst aged 59 ('The Planets').

95 Years (1924)
May 10: J.Edgar Hoover appointed Director of US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
May 12: Birth of British radio & TV comedian Tony Hancock.

100 Years (1919)
May 07: Birth of Eva Peron, First Lady of Argentina ('Evita').

105 Years (1914)
May 06: British House of Lords decides against giving women the vote.

110 Years (1909)
May 15: Birth of English film actor James Mason ('The Desert Fox', 'North by Northwest').
May 26: Birth of Manchester United Football Club manager Sir Matt Busby.

120 Years (1899)
May 05: Birth US dancer & actor Fred Astaire ('Top Hat', 'Swing Time', 'Shall We Dance').

130 Years (1889)
May 06: Official opening of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

135 Years (1884)
May 08: Birth of US President Harry S.Truman, 33rd US President 1945-1953.

290 Years (1729)
May 02: Birth of Catherine the Great, Russia's longest-ruling female leader.

500 Years (1519)
May 02: Death of Italian artist & inventor Leonardo da Vinci ('Mona Lisa', 'The Last Supper').

550 Years (1469)
May 03: Birth of Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli in Florence.


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