Anniversaries May 11 - 17
PUBLISHED: 13:33 11 May 2006 | UPDATED: 14:40 12 May 2010
THURSDAY MAY 11 1971 The last edition of the Daily Sketch published. 2000 The Tate Modern art gallery opened. Birthdays: Jeremy Paxman, Newsnight inquisitor, 56; Natasha Richardson, actress, 43; John Parrott, snooker player, 42. FRIDAY MAY 12 1951 First
THURSDAY MAY 11
1971 The last edition of the Daily Sketch published.
2000 The Tate Modern art gallery opened.
Birthdays: Jeremy Paxman, Newsnight inquisitor, 56; Natasha Richardson, actress, 43; John Parrott, snooker player, 42.
FRIDAY MAY 12
1951 First US H-bomb tested, on Eniwetok Atoll in the South Pacific.
1982 British troops landed on the Falkland Islands.
Birthdays: Burt Bacharach, composer, 78; Susan Hampshire, actress, 68; Chris Patten, ex-Tory MP and last Governor of Hong Kong, 62; Alan Ball, England 1966 World Cup hero, 61.
SATURDAY MAY 13
1787 First convict ship set sail from Portsmouth to Australia.
Birthdays: Tim Piggott-Smith, actor, 60; Zoe Wanamaker, from My Family, 57; Stevie Wonder, singer-songwriter, 56; Peter Gabriel, singer-songwriter, 56; Rosie Boycott, ex-editor of the Daily Express, 55; Richard Madeley, from Richard and Judy, 50.
SUNDAY MAY 14
1940 The Home Guard was set-up.
1973 The Skylab space station launched.
1999 Kevin Keegan became England's new coach.
2001 Silvio Berlusconi became Prime Minister of Italy.
Birthdays: Chay Blythe, round-the-world yachtsman, 66; George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, 62; Francesa Annis, actress, 62; Cate Blanchett, actress, 37.
MONDAY MAY 15
1858 The Royal Opera House opened in Covent Garden.
1862 First baseball stadium opened at the Union Grounds in New York.
Birthdays: Ted Dexter, ex-England Test cricket batsman, 71; Brian Eno, record producer, 57; Mike Oldfield, composer, 53; Zara Phillips, daughter of the Princess Royal, 25.
TUESDAY MAY 16
1804 Napoleon was declared Emperor of France.
1929 First Academy Awards ceremony took place in Hollywood.
Birthdays: Roy Hudd, comedian, 70; Judy Finnegan, of Richard and Judy, 58; Pierce Brosnan, ex-James Bond, 53; Hazel O'Connor, singer, 51.
WEDNESDAY MAY 17
1943 Wing commander Guy Gibson led The Dam Buster raids.
1973 US Senate began hearings into the Watergate scandal.
Birthdays: Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP, 55; Debra Winger, actress, 51; Sugar Ray Leonard, boxing champion, 50; Paul Whitehouse, comedian, 48; Jeremy Vine, broadcaster, 41.