Major Historical Anniversaries in May 2020

I often wonder what significant anniversaries are due at some point in the future as some of them might be of interest as triggers for blog posts or visits somewhere. However, it is often difficult to find out quickly what events have significant anniversaries - hence this section on the website.

By "significant anniversaries", I mean dates that are not, for example, the 73rd anniversary of something, but the 50th, 100th, 200th etc.

It should help to flag up interesting events.

Significant anniversaries during May 2020

AnniversaryDetails
10th Stephen Timms, Labour MP was wounded in a stabbing in his East Ham constituency in Newham, London. (14th May 2010)
10th The 2010 general election took place, resulting in a hung parliament. (6th May 2010)
20th Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London. (4th May 2000)
40th Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege. (5th May 1980)
60th More than 20 million viewers watch the first televised royal wedding when Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey. (6th May 1960)
75th William Joyce, known as "Lord Haw-Haw" is captured. He is later charged with high treason in London for his English-language wartime broadcasts on German radio. He is hanged in January 1946. (28th May 1945)
75th German forces in the Channel Islands, the only occupied part of the British Isles, surrender. (12th May 1945)
75th World War II: The Channel Islands are liberated by the British after five years of German occupation. (9th May 1945)
75th World War II: V-E Day, combat ends in Europe. German forces agree in Rheims, France, to an unconditional surrender. (8th May 1945)
75th V-E Day is celebrated throughout the UK. Churchill makes a victory speech and appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Street parties take place throughout the country. (8th May 1945)
80th Winston Churchill makes his "blood, toil, tears, and sweat" speech to the House of Commons. (13th May 1940)
80th World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent. (10th May 1940)
80th World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister (10th May 1940)
80th The Norway Debate in the House of Commons begins, and leads to the replacement of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with Winston Churchill three days later. (7th May 1940)
125th Oscar Wilde is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to serve two years in prison. (25th May 1895)
175th Captain Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition depart from Greenhithe, England. (19th May 1845)
200th Launch of HMS Beagle, the ship that took Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage. (11th May 1820)
350th King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America. (2nd May 1670)

 

 

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