On this month: May


On the 16th of May 1943

The Dambusters take off for their most famous raid. Also known as 617 Squadron the Dambusters take off to bomb the dams in the Ruhr valley.

On the 19th of May 1898

Four time British Prime Minister William Gladstone dies of cancer aged 88 he was famous for his liberalism and rivalry with the conservatives also known as the Grand Old Man.

On the 10th of May 1940

As Hitler's troops march into Holland and Belgium, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is replaced by Winston Churchill.

On the 9th May 1949

The first Launderette opens on London's Queensway with many to follow after it and the age of affordable washing machines follows it.

On the 6th of May 1994

After 6 years in the making Queen Elizabeth II and French President Mitterrand open the Channel tunnel rail link together.

On the 1st of May 1840

The Penny Black adheisive postage stamp goes on sale in london, in preparation for the new Penny Post, postal system.

On the 21st of May 1945

Humphrey Bogart marries 19-year-old Lauren Bacall. They met on the set of the film To Have and Have Not.

On the 21st of May 1906

Aviation pioneers, the Wright brothers are granted a patent on their flying machine.

On the 26th of May 1940

The first British ships set out to go and rescue the troops that are stuck at Dunkirk, in France during the Second World War.

On the 27th of May 1937

The Golden Gate Bridge opens with over 200,000 people crossing it by foot and on roller skates.

On the 30th of May 1959

The first Hovercraft, as designed and built by English engineer Sir Christopher Cockerell, is tested on the beach at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

12th May 1969

The Government lowers the voting age from 21 to 18. Labour decided to lower the voting age when they discovered that most 18 to 20-year-olds would vote labour.