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Forward Planner: News Anniversaries for the next 6 months

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May 2024

1 Year (2023)
May 05: The World Health Organization ends its declaration of COVID-19 being a global health emergency, but continues to refer to it as a pandemic.
May 06: The coronation of Charles III and Camilla as King and Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms is held in Westminster Abbey, London.
May 09: Death - (24 November 1927 – 9 May 2023) General Sir Richard George Lawson KCSS was a British Army officer.

2 Years (2022)
May 06: 2022 monkeypox: An outbreak of monkeypox begins when the first monkeypox virus case is reported in London, the United Kingdom.
May 20: 2022 monkeypox outbreak: The World Health Organization (WHO) holds an emergency meeting after 100 cases are reported in various countries.

5 Years (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

10 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: Death of Leslie Thomas, author of 'The Virgin Soldiers', 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.

15 Years (2009)
May 08: Daily Telegraph publishes controversial details of British MPs' expense claims.
May 08: Daily Telegraph publishes 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 British drag artist entertainer Danny La Rue aged 81.
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.

20 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 comedy 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.

25 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.

30 Years (1994)
May 01: Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna dies in crash during San Marino 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 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former wife of US President John Kennedy.
May 19: Death of 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.

35 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.

40 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: Soviet Union announces boycott of 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles.
May 08: UK: Official opening of Thames Flood Barrier, London
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.

45 Years (1979)
May 04: Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher wins General Election (UK's 1st woman Prime Minister).

50 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.

60 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'.

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

70 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 a mile in under 5 minutes.
May 29: British athlete Diane Leather 1st woman to run mile in under 5 minutes.

75 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.

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

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

90 Years (1934)
May 03: Birth of British heavyweight boxing champion Henry Cooper.
May 03: Birth of US Frankie Valli, lead 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 23: US bank robbers Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow shot & killed by police.
May 25: Death of English composer Gustav Holst aged 59 ('The Planets').

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

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

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

115 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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