Anniversaries April 27 - May 3

PUBLISHED: 12:36 27 April 2006 | UPDATED: 14:40 12 May 2010

THURSDAY APRIL 27 1828 London Zoo opened. 1937 George VI opened the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. 1937 The San Francisco Bay Bridge opened. Birthdays: Michael Fish, weatherman, 62; Darcy Bussell, ballerina, 37. FRIDAY APRIL 28 1919 The League of

THURSDAY APRIL 27

1828 London Zoo opened.

1937 George VI opened the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.

1937 The San Francisco Bay Bridge opened.

Birthdays: Michael Fish, weatherman, 62; Darcy Bussell, ballerina, 37.

FRIDAY APRIL 28

1919 The League of Nations was set up.

1923 First FA Cup Final at Wembley, between Bolton and West Ham United.

Birthdays: Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mocking Bird, 80; Jay Leno, US chat show host, 56; Bradley Wiggins, British Olympic cycling champion, 26.

SATURDAY APRIL 29

1936 Cats Eyes introduced on British roads.

1945 The German army in Italy surrendered to the Allies.

Birthdays: Peter de la Billiere, British commander in the Gulf War, 72; Anita Dobson, from EastEnders, 57; Michelle Pfeiffer, actress, 49; Daniel Day Lewis, actor, 49; Phil Tufnell, ex-England Test cricket spin bowler, 40; Andre Agassi, ex-Wimbledon champion, 36; Uma Thurman, actress, 36.

SUNDAY APRIL 30

1789 George Washington became president of the US.

1948 The Land Rover launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show.

1958 My Fair Lady opened in the West End.

1975 The Vietnam War ended.

Birthdays: Willie Nelson, country and western singer, 73; Dickie Davies, ex-sports presenter, 73; Leslie Grantham, from EastEnders, 59; Kirsten Dunst, actress, 24.

MONDAY MAY 1

1851 Queen Victoria opened the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park.

1931 The Empire State Building completed in New York.

1941 First showing of Citizen Kane, in New York.

1971 Last broadsheet edition of the Daily Mail published.

Birthdays: Joanna Lumley, actress, 60; Anthony Worrall Thompson, chef, 54.

TUESDAY MAY 2

1969 The QE2 set sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage.

1997 John Major resigned as leader of the Conservative Party.

Birthdays: Englebert Humperdinck, singer, 70; David Suchet, actor, 60; Alan Titchmarsh, gardener and broadcaster, 57; Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot, 45; Jimmy White, snooker player, 44; Brian Lara, West Indies cricketer, 37; David Beckham, Real Madrid and England soccer star, 31.

WEDNESDAY MAY 3

1951 The Royal Festival Hall opened on the South Bank at the start of the Festival of Britain.

1997 Tony Blair became Prime Minister.

Birthdays: Henry Cooper, British boxing legend, 72; Frankie Valli, of the Four Seasons, 69; Ken Hom, chef, 57; Ben Elton, comedian and writer, 47.

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