27 April 2017
CALENDAR FOR MAY 2017
1st MON:Early Easter Bank Holiday (aka May Day) – International Workers Day.
2nd TUES: 35 years ago: Falklands War – Argentine ship, General Belgrano torpedoed by British submarine HMS Conqueror. 320 Argentine crew perished & 700 rescued.
Football:- Champions League semi-finals, first legs until 3/5.
3rd WED: General Election: Parliament to be dissolved 25 working days before polling day.
Polish National Day:there are an estimated one million Poles in the UK.
Equestrian: Badminton Horse Trials until 07/05.
4th THURS: Local Elections: 4,851 council seats being contested in England, Scotland and Wales. 6 new Metro Mayors.
Football: Europa League semi-finals, first legs.
5th FRI: Cricket: 1st One Day International – England v Ireland, Bristol County Ground.
Cycling: Giro d’Italia until 28 May.
6th SAT: UK compliance with European Directive (SI 2017/554): DVLA to provide vehicle owner details at time of certain traffic offences when requested by another EU country within 12 months of alleged offence.
Horse racing: 2,000 Guineas, Newmarket.
Tony Blair: is 64 today.
7th SUN: Cricket: 2nd One Day International – England v Ireland, Lord’s.
French Presidential Election:Second round takes place after first round of 23rd April.
2 years ago: UK General Election 2015: Con 331, Lab 232, SNP 56, Lib Dem 8, DUP 8, Others 14.
8th MON: VE Day: WW2- marks Allied victory in Europe 72 years ago (Eastern Europe celebrates on 9th May).
75 years ago: WW2 – Battle of the Coral Sea – US aircraft carrier victory over Japan navy.
Eddie Butler: TV Rugby commentator is 60 today.
9th TUES: Football: Champions League semi-finals, second leg until 10 May.
Vince Cable: is 74 today.
11th THURS: General election: Deadline for parliamentary candidates to file their nomination papers.
Football: Europa League semi-finals, second leg.
12th FRI: Horses: Chatsworth International Trials, Derbyshire until 14 May.
13th SAT:100 years ago: Catholic Church: Our Lady of Fátima, Virgin Mary appears to 3 Portuguese children.
Eurovision Song Contest: 2017 Final (62nd) Kiev, Ukraine. 43 entries – not including Russia.
Rugby Union: European Rugby Champions Cup final, Edinburgh.
Football: – Women’s FA Cup final, Wembley.
14th SUN: Formula 1: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona.
Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook founder is 33 today.
15th MON:Birthdays: Zara Tindall is 36 and Andy Murray is 30.
17th WED: Film: Cannes Film Festival until 28 May.
20th SAT: Football: League One Play-off Final, Wembley.
Rugby League: Magic Weekend, Newcastle until 21 May.
Rugby Union: World Sevens Series, Twickenham until 21 May.
21st SUN: Smoking: Changes to legislation effective following law change on 20/05/ 2016. Cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging, withdrawal of smaller packs of 10 cigarettes and packs of less than 30g of rolling tobacco.
Football: Premier League and Scottish Premiership seasons end.
22nd MON: General Election: Last date to register to vote.
Tennis: French Open, Roland Garros until 05 May.
23rd TUES: Flowers: RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital SW3 until 27 May.
George Osborne is 46 today.
24th WED: Football:Europa League final, Stockholm.
Birthday:Dominic Grieve is 61 today.
Cricket: 1st One Day Internationals – England v South Africa, Headingly, Leeds.
25th THURS: Schools: Half term (London maj) until 05 June.
Ascension Day: 40th day after Easter – commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven.
Hay-on-Wye: Book Festival until 04 June.
Birthday: Alastair Campbell is 60 today.
26th FRI: Sailing: America’s Cup qualifiers, Bermuda until 03 June.
27th SAT: Ramadan: Islamic time of fasting & spiritual renewal until 25 June.
Football: FA Cup Final 2016, Wembley Stadium (and Scottish FA Cup in Hampden Park).
Rugby Union: Premiership final, Twickenham and Pro12 Grand Final, Dublin.
Cricket – 2nd One Day Internationals – England v South Africa, Southampton.
35 years ago: Falklands War – Battle of Goose Green.
Birthday:Paul Gascoigne (footballer) is 50 today.
28th SUN: Tennis: French Open.
Formula 1: Monaco Grand Prix.
Rugby Union: England XV v Barbarians, Twickenham (Old Mutual Wealth Cup).
Football: – League Two Play-Off Final, Wembley .
Birthday: Mary Portas is 55 today.
29th MON: Late Spring Bank Holiday.
Table tennis: World Championships, Dusseldorf, Germany until 05/06.
Football: Championship Play-Off Final, Wembley.
Cricket: 3rd One Day International. England v South Africa, Lords.
75 years ago: WW2 – Reinhard Heydrich assassinated in Prague by British trained resistance fighters.
100 years ago: John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) born.
Birthday: Noel Gallagher (Oasis) is 50 today.
30th TUES: 75 years ago: WW2 – 1000 British bomber raid on Cologne.
31st WED: General Election: Deadline to apply for a proxy vote.
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD): to encourage abstinence from all forms of tobacco around the world.
Birthday: John Prescott is 79 today
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