The British Library

Historical Calendar - May

Historic events for May

1 2 3
4
5
6
7
Crystal Palace image
1851

Queen Victoria opens the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in London.

Leonardo Da Vinci image
1519

Leonardo Da Vinci, artist, scientist and futureist, dies aged 67.

Francis Bacon image
1621

Francis Bacon is charged with twenty three seperate counts of corruption after falling into debt.

Sherlock Holmes image
1891

Sherlock Holmes "dies" at Reichenbach Falls.

Jamaica image
1494

Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.

Gustave Eiffel image
1889

Eiffel Tower completed. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair.

Robert Browning image
1812

Robert Browning, English poet and playwright born.

8
9
10
11
12 13
14
David Attenborough image
1926

David Attenborough, English broadcaster and naturalist, born.

Thomas Blood image
1671

Thomas Blood attempts to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.

Warren Hastings image
1787

British Parliament impeaches Warren Hastings.

Spencer Percival image
1812

Spencer Perceval, the English Prime Minister, is assassinated by John Bellingham.

Florence Nightingale image
1820

Florence Nightingale, British nurse, born.

Winston Churchill image
1910

Winston Churchill gives his first speech as Prime Minister.

British Library image
2007

Colin St John Wilson, architect of the British Library building at St. Panacras, died.

15 16 17 18 19 20
21
Machine Gun image
1718

James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world's first machine gun.

Battle of Albuera image
1811

The Allies (Spain, Portugal & Britain) defeat the French at the Battle of Albuera.

Edward Stafford image
1521

Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, executed for treason.

King Henry II image
1152

King Henry II marries Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Map of Manilla
1571

Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi founded Manilla in the Phillipines.

Chandalier image
1896

A six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.

Saint Helena image
1862

The island of Saint Helena is discovered by Portuguese explorer João da Nova.

22
23
24
25 26 27 28
HMS Beagle image
1826

HMS Beagle departs Plymouth, under the command of Captain Pringle Stoke, on it first voyage.

Gustave Hamel image
1914

Gustave Hamel (born June 25, 1889), pioneer British aviator, disappears over the English Channel while returning from Paris in a new 80hp Morane-Saulnier monoplane he had just collected.

Map of Argentina
1810

Argentina begins its revolt against Spain, sparking The Argentine War of Independence.

Oscar Wilde and Lord Douglas image
1895

Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years hard labour for being a sodomite.

Tsar Nicholas II image
1896

Nicholas II becomes last Tsar of Russia.

Euston Station image
1849

The Great Hall of Euston station in London is opened.

William Pitt image
1759

William Pitt the Younger, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, born. He became the youngest Prime Minister in 1783 at the age of 24.

29 30
31




Highgate and Archway image
1884

1st steam cable trams start in Highgate, North London.

Big Ben image
1859

Big Ben rings for the first time in London.

Samuel Pepys image
1669

Citing poor eyesight, Samuel Pepys records the last event in his diary.






 

Find us on Facebook
Bapla logo
CEPIC logo
Follow blimagesonline on Twitter
Digital Asset Management by Capture Historic Calendar Image quality Site map Legal Information Help Image Map

Copyright © 2010 The British Library Board. All rights reserved.