What’s on in May 2018

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26 April 2018

What’s On in May 2018

or what will be in the news?

by AGGro

Tues 1st * MAY DAY – International Workers Day

* Football – Champions League semi-finals, second legs – until 02/06

* Rita Coolidge is 75 today

* 259 years ago: Birth of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769- 1852)

Wed 2nd * Equestrian – Badminton Horse Trials until 06/05

* 75 years ago: WW2 – Japanese aircraft bomb Darwin, Australia again

* David Beckham is 43 & Alan Titchmarsh is 69 today

Thurs 3rd


* LOCAL ELECTIONS to be held in England, with elections to all 32 London boroughs, 34 metropolitan boroughs, 68 district/borough councils and 17 unitary authorities. There will also be direct elections for the Mayoralties of Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Watford.  With a few exceptions, nearly all of the seats up for election were last contested in the 2014

* Polish National Day – there are an estimated one million Poles in the UK

*  Football – Europa League semi-finals second legs

* Cycling – Tour de Yorkshire (women’s race 3-4 May) until 06/05

Fri 4th * Star Wars Day‘May the fourth be with you’

* Rugby Union – Pro 13 play off first round – until 06/06

* Cycling – Giro d’Italia (starts in Israel) until 27/05

Sat 5th


* 200 years ago: Birth of Karl Marx (1818 –1883) German political author & revolutionary socialist.

* Horse racing: 2000 Guineas Stakes, Newmarket

* Football – Women’s FA Cup final, Wembley

* Boxing – Tony Bellew v David Haye, London

* ‘Adele’ Adkins (pop singer) is 30 today

Sun 6th * Tennis ATP, Madrid until 13/05

* George Clooney is 57 & Tony Blair is 65 today


* Tennis – WTA, Madrid – until 03/05

* 75 years ago: WW2 -Tunis captured by British First Army

Tues 8th * VE DAYWW2- marks Allied victory in Europe 73 years ago (Eastern Europe celebrates on 9th May)

* World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an annual celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.  Anniversary of the birth of the of founder Henry Dunant (1828)

* Cannes Film Festival – until 19/05

Wed 9th * 75 years ago: WW2 – Changjiao Massacre when Japanese soldiers killed 30,000 Chinese
Thurs 10th * ASCENSION DAY – celebrates Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven; a public holiday in several countries

* RHS Malvern Spring Festival until 13/05

* Golf – Players Championship, Sawgrass, Florida until 13/05

* 100 years ago: WW1 – Battle of Kaniow, Ukraine.  German army defeated Polish forces

* Al Murray (comedian) is 50 today

Fri 11th * Chatsworth International Horse Trials – until 13/05

* Cricket – Ireland play their first Test match against Pakistan, Malahide – until 15/05

* Rugby union – European Challenge Cup final, Bilbao – – until 12/05

* 30 years ago: Death of Kim Philby (1912 -1988) Russian spy

* 75 years ago: WW2 – American troops invade Japanese held Attu Island, Aleutian

Sat 12th * EUROVISION SONG CONTEST – Grand Finale, Portugal

* 75 years ago: WW2 – Trident Conference in Washington  D.C, USA. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill took part

* Rugby league – Challenge Cup sixth round  – until 13/05

* Athletics – Diamond League, Shanghai

* Boxing – WBO-middleweight Sadam Ali v Liam Smith, New York

* Triathlon, ITU World Series, Yokohama, Japan- until 13/05

* Catherine Tate (comedian) is 50 today

Sun 13th * Formula 1 – Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona

* Football – final day of Premier League season

* 50 years ago: Paris student riots: One million march through the streets of Paris.

* 75 years ago: WW2 – Remaining German Afrika Korps and Italian troops in North Africa surrender to Allied forces.  The Allies take over 250,000 prisoners.

*  Stevie Wonder (American musician) is 68 today

 Mon 14th * 50 years ago: The Beatles announce the creation of Apple Records in a New York press conference.

* 100 years ago: WW1 – Clash at Chelyabinsk station between Hungarian POWs heading west to be repatriated and Czechoslovaks going east.  Trotsky orders the arrest of the Czechoslovak Legion, but they revolt and seize several towns along the Trans-Siberian Railway

* Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook founder is 34 today

Tues 15th * 75 years ago: WW2 – The French started a “Resistance Movement”

* Zara Tindall is 37 and Andy Murray is 31 today

Wed 16th * RAMADAN BEGINS – the holiest time on the Islamic calendar.  Prophet Muhammad’s reception of the Qur`an is commemorated by fasting from first light to sunset.

* Football – Europa League final, Lyon

* UEFA Europa League Final – the last match of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, Parc Olympique, Lyon

* 50 years ago: Ronan Point, a 23 floor tower block in Canning Town, east London, partially collapses after a gas explosion, killing 5

* 75 years ago: WW2 – DAMBUSTER RAIDS RAF 617 Squadron bomb the Mohne and Eder dams, Germany,  disrupting electrical power to the Ruhr war industries.

* 75 years ago: WW2 – The Warsaw Ghetto uprising ends.  The ghetto has been destroyed, with about 14,000 Jews killed and about another 40,000 sent to the death camp at Treblinka

* Olga Korbut (Russian gymnast) is 66 today

Thurs 17th * 75 years ago: WW2 – German army launches 5th major offensive against Tito’s partisans in Yugoslavia
Fri 18th * Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Crimean Tatar Genocide – in 1944 Lavrentiy Beria, head of the Soviet state security and secret police, acting on behalf of Joseph Stalin, ordered the  deportation of at least 191,044 Crimean Tatars

* Athletics – Great City Games, Manchester

Sat 19th * ROYAL WEDDING DAY Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle, St George’s chapel, Windsor (12pm)

May 19th has been mixed day for royal Henrys over the centuries:

– 1051: Ann of Kiev married Henry I of France -becoming first Russian Queen of France.  On arrival in Normandy she wrote, France is a barbaric country whose citizens were illiterate

– 1536: Anne Boleyn (2nd wife of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I) executed on Tower Green on an adultery charge.  Henry VIII has four more marriages

Other notable events on this day: 

– 1588: The Spanish Armada sailed from Lisbon before being defeated in the Channel

– 1898: Death of William Ewart Gladstone (88 years – Liberal PM 4x) at Hawarden Castle, North Wales

– 1935: Death of T. E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) died six days after a motorcycle accident in Dorset

– 1984: 34 years ago: Death of Sir John Betjeman (77 years – Poet Laureate)

Sports fixtures:

* FOOTBALL: FA CUP FINAL, WEMBLEY  Chelsea v Manchester United (KO 5.15pm)

* Football:  Scottish Cup final, Hampden Park, Glasgow

* Boxing:  World featherweight title: Lee Selby v Josh Warrington, Leeds

* Motor Sport: Formula E – Berlin E-Prix, Race 9

* Rugby League: Super League Magic Weekend, Newcastle – until 20/05

* 50 years ago: Nigerian forces capture Port Harcourt and form a ring around the Biafrans.  This contributes to a humanitarian disaster as the surrounded population already suffers from hunger and starvation

* Pete Townshend (The Who) is 73 today

Sun 20th * PENTECOST (WHIT SUNDAY) Christians celebrate the day when ‘God the Holy Spirit’ came to the Disciples as tongues of fire and rushing wind – traditional day for baptism and confirmation

*  MOT changes (in line with a new EU directive) – with new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt

* Chris Froome (cyclist) is 34 today

 Mon 21st * 100 years ago: WW1 – Ottomans invade Armenia

* Tom Daley (diver) is 24 today

Tues 22nd * RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW – until 26/05

* 50 years ago: The U.S. nuclear-powered submarine Scorpion sinks with 99 men aboard, 400 miles southwest of the Azores

* 75 years ago: WW2 – Allies bomb Sicily and Sardinia

* Novak Djokovic (Tennis player) is 31 & Dale Winton is 64 today

Wed 23rd * George Osborne (ex Chancellor of the Exchequer) is 47 today
Thurs 24th * Hay-on-Wye Book Festival until 03/06

* Football – Women’s Champions League final, Kiev, Ukraine

* Golf – PGA Championship, Wentworth – until 27/05

* Cricket – England v Pakistan, first Test, Lord’s – until 28/05

* 75 years ago: WW2 – Admiral Karl Dönitz orders the majority of U-boats to withdraw from the Atlantic because of heavy losses to new Allied anti-sub tactics.  By the end of the month, 43 U-boats are lost, compared to 34 Allied ships sunk. (aka ‘Black May’)

— WRC: Rally de Portugal – Gravel

— Cycling: The Milk Race, Nottingham

— Priscilla Presley (actor) is 73 & Dominic Grieve MP (Chair of Intelligence & Security Committee) is 62 today

Fri 25th * GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR) effective – EU directive that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union

Organisations required to register if they keep records (unless they are exempt and this includes many charities and clubs) and comply with new rules governing the processing of personal data

* Alastair Campbell is 61 today

Sat 26th * Iceland Local Elections

* Football – EFL Championship play-off final, Wembley

* Rugby union – Premiership final, Twickenham; Pro14 final, Aviva Stadium

* Athletics – Diamond League, Eugene, USA

* Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) is 70 today

Sun 27th * Colombian presidential election

* Formula 1 – Monaco Grand Prix

* Football – Champions League final, Kiev, Ukraine

* Motoracing – British World Superbikes, Donington

* Tennis – French Open, Paris  until 10/05

* 100 years ago: WW1 –  Third Battle of the Aisne (also known as Operation Blücher-Yorck, third phase of the Spring Offensive) until 06/06

* Jamie Oliver (celebrity chef) is 48 today


* London Schools Half term – until 01/06

* 100 years ago: WW1 –  The Battle of Cantigny – first major US offensive of World War I

* Kylie Minogue (Australian singer) is 50 today

Tues 29th * 50 years ago: Manchester United wins the European Cup Final, becoming the first English team to do so.

* 75 years ago: WW2 – RAF bombs Wuppertal, causing heavy civilian losses

* Noel Gallagher (Oasis) is 51 today

Wed 30th * Steven Gerrard (former Liverpool & England football captain) is 38 today
Thurs 31st * Feast of Corpus Christi (aka  “Body of Christ”) a Roman catholic rite celebrating the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist— aka transubstantiation

* World No Tobacco Day – to encourage abstinence from all forms of tobacco around the world

* Athletics – Diamond League, Rome

* Golf – US Women’s Open, Shoal Creek, Alabama – until 03/06

* 75 years ago: WW2 – American B-17’s bomb Naples

* Brooke Shields is 53 & Lord John Prescott (Deputy Prime Minister 1997-2007) is 80 today


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