On This Day: May 19th

On May 19th 1991 Croatia voted to become independent from Yugoslavia. The independence was declared on 25th of June 1991. Throughout this year Croatia was at war with Serbia over Croatian independence. Serbia had wanted to create a Serbian controlled Yugoslav state, this would include parts of Croatia and Bosnia. Bosnia’s independence was also at…

On This Day: May 18th

On the 18th May 1812 John Bellingham was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval. This was the only time a British Prime Minister had been assassinated in history, and from the assassins own comments he wasn’t even his preferred target of assassination. Bellingham had…

On This Day: May 17th

On the 17th May 1974 police in Los Angeles raided the Symbionese Liberation Army’s headquarters and killed six members including Camilla Hall. Camilla Hall was a notable member of the SLA, she took part in a number of the organisations terrorist acts including murder, bank robberies and famously kidnapping heiress of William Randolph Hearst, Patricia…

On This Day: May 16th

On the 16th of May 1929 the first Academy Awards were awarded in Hollywood, California. The Academy Awards became an annual award show awarding those who have left their mark in Hollywood’s film industry, the most recent ceremony was the 88th Academy Awards. The host of the first awards ceremony was Douglas Fairbanks, and the…

On This Day: May 15th

The 15th of May 1536 was the date Anne Boleyn, Queen of England and Henry VIII’s second wife, stood trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest. There is a belief Henry falsified these accusations against his wife and against her family to annul their marriage so that he could move on to…

On This Day: May 14th

On the 14th of May 1948 Israel had their independence declared officially from the British Empire as it was part of Mandatory Palestine,which was won by Britain from the Ottomans. It declared the creation of a jewish state, Israel, it was created in place of British Palestine. They had a number of potential resolutions including…

On This Day: May 13th

On the 13th of May 1917 three children reported on the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal. The three children were nine-year-old Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. On the 13th of May the children saw a lady “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and…

On This Day: May 12th

On the 12th of May in 1551 the oldest university in the Americas, the National University of San Marcos was founded in Lima, Peru. Today it is the most important and respected higher education institution and consistently ranks within the nation’s top two universities. The university was chartered by a royal decree signed by Charles…

On This Day: May 11th

On May 11th 1996 a blizzard on Mount Everest took the lives of eight mountain climbers, the eight were caught whilst either ascending to or descending from the summit. Many expedition groups were on the mountain including Adventures Consultants and Mountain Madness, the expedition leaders of each Rob Hall and Scott Fischer both died on…

On This Day: May 10th

On the 10th of May 1924 J. Edgar Hoover was appointed the 6th Director of the Bureau of Investigation, this was a position he held till 1935 when the organisation changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Hoover was made the 1st Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Hoover’s time with the bureau…

On This Day: May 9th

May 9th in 1662 was the first recorded appearance of Mr.Punch in England, the character is famous as one half of violent puppet show Punch and Judy. The show is performed by a single puppeteer inside the booth, known since Victorian times as a “professor” or “punchman”, and assisted sometimes by a “bottler” who corrals…

On This Day: May 8th

May 8th has gone down in history as the day battling in Europe, as part of World War II, came to an end. The greatest threat to long-term peace and the lives of so many, Nazi Germany, had signed an unconditional surrender. The German forces agreed to the surrender in Reims, France on May 7th…