Major Historical Anniversaries in May 2022

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 2022

5th Manchester Arena is attacked by a suicide bomber following a music concert by American singer Ariana Grande, resulting in multiple casualties. It is the most deadly attack in the UK since the 7 July 2005 London bombings and the first in the North of England since the IRA bombing of Manchester in June 1996. (22nd May 2017)
5th Computers across the United Kingdom are hit by a large-scale ransomware cyber-attack, causing major disruption. (12th May 2017)
10th The Royal Navy's first female warship commander, Commander Sarah West, takes up her post on HMS Portland at Rosyth. (22nd May 2012)
10th The Olympic flame arrives in Cornwall on board a flight from Athens, ready for the torch relay ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics. (18th May 2012)
10th Boris Johnson is re-elected as Mayor of London with 51.5% of the vote.Ken Livingston subsequently says it would be his 'last election'. In the London Assembly, Labour becomes the party with the greatest number of seats, with minor losses for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. The British National Party loses its only seat. Of 25 seats, the final tally stands at: Labour 12, Conservatives 9, Liberal Democrats 2, Green 2. (4th May 2012)
20th Falkirk Wheel boat lift opens in Scotland, also marking the reopening of the Union Canal for leisure traffic. (24th May 2002)
50th The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout the UK. (30th May 1972)
50th Edward, Duke of Windsor, dies of cancer in France at the age of 77, 35 years after his abdication as king. (28th May 1972)
50th The final stretch of the M6 motorway opens between junctions 6 (Spaghetti Junction) and 7 north of Birmingham, with the fully operational motorway stretching more than 200 miles from Rugby to Carlisle, more than a decade after the first sections were opened. (24th May 1972)
60th The new Coventry Cathedral is consecrated. (25th May 1962)
70th The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey W.A. Dummer. (7th May 1952)
70th The world's first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg. (2nd May 1952)
80th World War II: 1000 British bombers launch a 90-minute attack on Cologne, Germany. (30th May 1942)
80th The Radio Doctor (Charles Hill) makes his first BBC radio broadcast giving avuncular health care advice. (6th May 1942)
90th James Chadwick discovers the neutron. (10th May 1932)
90th Protestors and police clash in Hyde Park, London, during a May day protest against Japan's attitude towards China when they try to march on the Japanese Embassy. (1st May 1932)
125th Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published. (26th May 1897)
125th The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames is officially opened (22nd May 1897)
125th Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol. (19th May 1897)
275th War of the Austrian Succession: A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at the First Battle of Cape Finisterre. (14th May 1747)
350th John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March. (2nd May 1672)


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