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Today in History – 20th May 1940

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill ordered that all available vessels be made ready to go to Dunkirk. The operation was code-named Operation Dynamo.

This Week in History

21st May 1662King Charles II married Catherine of Braganza who was a Catholic in a public Anglican ceremony.
22nd May 1455The Wars of the Roses began with the First Battle of St Albans which saw the Yorkists defeat the Lancastrians and capture King Henry VI.
23rd May 1162Thomas Becket was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury following the death of Theobald of Bec.
24th May 1798Irish Rebellion against British rule.
25th May 1553Lady Jane Grey married Guildford Dudley, son of the Duke of Northumberland.
26th May 946King Edmund I was murdered in Pucklechurch by Leofa, a thief who had been exiled by Edmund.
27th May 1930 – The Chrysler Building in New York, USA was completed. Designed by William Van Alen, it was the tallest building in the World at the time.
designed by William Van Alen
28th May 1972Edward, Duke of Windsor, died of throat cancer at his home in Paris.


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Published Nov 03, 2021 @ 11:55 am – Updated – May 20, 2022 @ 10:18 am