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Forward Planner: News Anniversaries for the next 6 months

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May 2020

1 Year (2019)
May 06: Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan and Prince Harry have baby boy early this morning.
May 06: The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warns that biodiversity loss is "accelerating", with over a million species now threatened with extinction; the decline of the natural living world is "unprecedented" and largely a result of human actions, according to the report.
May 13: Death of Doris Day, born 1922 - American actress and singer of "Sentimental Journey" and "My Dreams are getting better all the time"
May 20: Death - Niki Lauda (22 February 1949 – 20 May 2019) was an Austrian Formula One driver, a three-time F1 World Drivers' Champion, and he was the only driver in F1 history to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren.
May 20: Redefinition of the SI system of measurement adopted by the majority of countries in the world takes effect.
May 24: British Prime Minister Theresa May announces her resignation as Conservative leader, effective 7 June 2019

2 Years (2018)
May 02: Data company Cambridge Analytica to shut down following Facebook scandal.
May 03: Spanish separatist group ETA announces its final dissolution after 40 years of conflict.
May 05: Launch of NASA's unmanned spaceprobe 'InSight' - expected to land on Mars in November.
May 08: US: President Donald Trump says USA will pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement.
May 09: Pakatan Harapan coalition, led by former PM Mahathir Mohamad, wins Malaysian election.
May 13: UK: Death former MP Dame Tessa Jowel from brain cancer aged 70.
May 18: US: 10 shot dead in Texas school shooting (Santa Fe).
May 18: Boeing 737 crashes during take off from Havana, Cuba killing 112 Only one survivor.
May 19: UK: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry at Windsor. Estimated global TV audience of 1.9 billion.
May 25: Ireland votes to repeal the 8th amendment of constitution to relax strict abortion laws.
May 25: EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into effect, imposing privacy rules for European citizens.
May 30: USA puts tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from European Union, Mexico & Canada.

5 Years (2015)
May 02: Birth of daughter, 2nd child of Duke & Duchess of Cambridge (Charlotte, Elizabeth, Diana).
May 02: Death of best-selling crime writer Ruth Rendell aged 85.
May 08: UK Election: SNP wins 56 of 59 parliamentary seats in Scotland.
May 08: UK: Conservative Party wins General Election with a 12 seat majority.
May 08: UK: Resignations of party leaders Ed Miliband (Labour) Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats).
May 11: UKIP leader Nigel Farage 'persuaded' to remain party leader.
May 19: Prince Charles starts Irish tour (including a meeting with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams).
May 19: UK: Police make 9 arrests following recent Hatton Garden Safe Deposit raid.
May 23: Irish Referendum votes in favour of legalising same-sex marriages.
May 27: Ex British PM Tony Blair says soon standing down as 'Middle East Envoy'
May 27: Police arrest FIFA officials in Switzerland in major corruption investigation.
May 30: Cricketer Alastair Cook becomes England's highest-ever Test-scoring batsman.

10 Years (2010)
May 02: Death of British actress Lynn Redgrave from breast cancer aged 67.
May 09: Death of African-American jazz singer Lena Horne aged 92.
May 15: Actor Harrison Ford marries actress Calista Flockhart, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
May 29: Death of American actor Dennis Hopper aged 74.
May 31: Death of Chris Haney, aged 59 ( co-creator of quiz game 'Trivial Pursuit')
May 31: Death of Chris Haney, co-creator of quiz game 'Trivial Pursuit', aged 59.

15 Years (2005)
May 05: UK: Labour PM Tony Blair wins historic 3rd consecutive General Election.
May 09: Launch of news commentary website 'The Huffington Post'.
May 10: Death of Irish comedian Dave Allen aged 68.
May 10: Dedication of Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany.
May 12: Businessman Malcolm Glazer gains control of Manchester United Football Club.
May 26: Death of US actor Eddie Albert aged 99.
May 29: UK: BBC broadcasts last Sunday morning edition of 'Breakfast With Frost'.

20 Years (2000)
May 01: May Day riots in Central London by anti-capitalist protestors. Over 100 arrested.
May 04: UK: Labour left-winger Ken Livingstone elected 1st Mayor of London.
May 07: Death of Hollywood actor Douglas Fairbanks Jnr aged 90.
May 07: Vladimir Putin becomes President of Russia.
May 12: Opening of Tate Modern Art Museum, London.
May 12: UK: Ford Motor Company announces closure of Dagenham Plant with 3,000 job losses.
May 17: Two Royal Marine Commandos are 1st Britons to reach North Pole without support.
May 21: Death of English actor Sir John Gielgud aged 96.
May 21: Death of English novelist Dame Barbara Cartland aged 98.
May 24: Opening of National Botanic Garden of Wales to the public.
May 25: Israel withdraws IDF from South Lebanon after 22 years deployment.

25 Years (1995)
May 02: Death of British actor Sir Michael Hordern aged 83.
May 13: British mountaineer Alison Hargreaves 1st woman to climb Everest unaided.
May 15: Death of British actor Eric Porter.
May 24: Death of former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson aged 79.
May 27: US film actor Christopher Reeve ('Superman') paralysed after thrown from his horse.
May 28: Death of British dress designer Jean Muir.

30 Years (1990)
May 04: Latvia declares independence from Soviet Union.
May 16: Death of puppeteer Jim Henson aged 53. Creator of 'The Muppets'.
May 16: Death of US entertainer Sammy Davis Jnr aged 64.
May 19: East & West Germany sign treaty agreeing to merge their economies (July 1st).
May 19: USA & USSR agree to end production of chemical weapons.
May 29: Boris Yeltsin elected President of Russia.
May 30: France bans British beef imports over fears of spreading 'Mad Cow' disease.

35 Years (1985)
May 01: Death of British romantic novelist Denise Robins aged 88.
May 11: UK: 56 football fans killed in fire at Bradford Stadium, Yorkshire.
May 29: 39 Juventus football fans crushed to death in Heysel Stadium, Brussels.
May 31: FA bans English Football Clubs from Europe following Heysel Stadium Disaster.

40 Years (1980)
May 05: SAS raid ends siege of Iranian Embassy in London.
May 18: Mount St Helens volcanic eruption, Washington State. 59 killed.

50 Years (1970)
May 08: British group 'The Beatles' release their final record album 'Let It Be'.
May 22: English cricket authorities change mind & call off planned cricket tour by South Africa.

55 Years (1965)
May 07: White voters in Rhodesia back PM Ian Smith in struggle for independence from UK.
May 21: Death of British aircraft designer & engineer Sir Geoffrey de Havilland.

60 Years (1960)
May 06: UK: Princess Margaret (Queen's sister) marries photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones.

65 Years (1955)
May 09: West Germany accepted as a member of NATO.
May 14: Soviet Union & Eastern European allies sign Warsaw Defence Pact.
May 27: UK: Conservative Party led by Anthony Eden wins General Election.
May 27: UK: Conservative Party, led by Anthony Eden, wins General Election.

70 Years (1950)
May 18: Europe & USA agree formation of NATO defence organisation.
May 21: UK: BBC opens Lime Grove TV Studios, Shepherd's Bush, London.
May 26: End of petrol rationing in UK 5 years after end of WW2.

75 Years (1945)
May 01: WW2: Nazi Germany claims Furher Adolf Hitler "killed during fighting".
May 02: WW2: Reports of German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler & Joseph Goebbels suicides.
May 07: WW2: Germany signs Unconditional Surrender.
May 08: WW2: VE Day - Victory in Europe.
May 09: WW2: Liberation of the Channel Islands (occupied by Germany for 5 years).
May 28: WW2: Arrest of Nazi propaganda broadcaster William Joyce ('Lord Haw-Haw').

80 Years (1940)
May 06: US writer John Steinbeck awarded Pulitzer Prize for 'The Grapes of Wrath'.
May 10: WW2: Germany invades Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg.
May 10: WW2: Winston Churchill becomes British Prime Minister heading Coalition Government.
May 13: WW2: Queen Wilhelmina of Netherlands flees to Britain to form Govt in exile.
May 13: WW2: Winston Churchill gives 1st speech to House of Commons as British PM.
May 14: WW2: Britain: Local Defence Volunteers formed (later 'The Home Guard').
May 17: WW2: German troops capture Belgian capital, Brussels.
May 26: WW2: 'Operation Dynamo': evacuation of British & French soldiers from Dunkirk.
May 26: WW2: Start 'Operation Dynamo': mass evacuation of British & French soldiers from Dunkirk.

85 Years (1935)
May 06: Britain: King George V & Queen Mary celebrate Silver Jubilee.
May 06: UK: King George V & Queen Mary celebrate Silver Jubilee.
May 09: Birth of British children's writer Roger Hargreaves, creator of 'Mr Men' series.
May 15: 1st section of Moscow Metro opens to the public.
May 17: Birth of British playwright Dennis Potter.
May 19: Death of British Army officer T.E.Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia').
May 30: American baseball legend 'Babe' Ruth plays final game.

90 Years (1930)
May 05: Aviator Amy Johnson leaves Croydon Airport (1st solo flight England to Australia).

100 Years (1920)
May 09: Birth of English author Richard Adams ('Watership Down').

105 Years (1915)
May 06: Birth of US stage & film actor Orson Welles ('Citizen Kane', 'The Third Man').
May 07: WW1: British liner RMS Lusitania sunk by German U-boat. Over 1,100 killed.
May 10: Birth British novelist Monica Dickens (great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens).
May 20: Birth of Israeli military leader Moshe Dayan.
May 27: WW1: Liberal Party & Conservative Party form UK wartime Coalition Government.

125 Years (1895)
May 20: Birth British aircraft designer Reginald J.Mitchell in Staffordshire ('Spitfire').

130 Years (1890)
May 12: 1st County Championship cricket match played in England.
May 19: Birth of Ho Chi Minh, President of North Vietnam (1945-1969).

155 Years (1865)
May 10: End of American Civil War & capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

160 Years (1860)
May 09: Birth of Scottish novelist J.M.Barrie ('Peter Pan').

180 Years (1840)
May 01: World's 1st adhesive postage stamp, the 'Penny Black', issued in Britain.
May 07: Birth of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

255 Years (1765)
May 07: Britain: Launch of Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship 'HMS Victory'.


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