2nd May 1864
Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer and conductor, often described as the most successful stage composer of the nineteenth century, dies. 150 years
2nd May 1964
Nancy Astor, the American-born British politician who was the first female MP, dies. 50 years.
8th May 1864
The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House during the American Civil War (that lasted until the 21st May). 150 years.
9th May 1914
Mother's Day is proclaimed by President Wilson in the United States. 100 years.
19th May 1864
Nathaniel Hawthorne, an american novelist and short story writer, dies. 50 years.
19th May 1984
John Betjeman, a British poet, writer and broadcaster, dies. 30 years.
20th May 1764
Johann Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor, designed the Quadriga chariot driven by Victoria atop the Brandenburg Gate, is born. 250 years.
23rd May 1924
The American bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot and killed in Louisiana. 80 years.
27th May 1964
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, dies. 50 years.
29th May 1814
Empress Josephine de Beauharnais, the wife of Napoleon, dies. 200 years.
31st May 1889
The Johnstown flood, in Pennsylvania, USA. The South Fork Dam failed after days of rain. 125 years.
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