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On This Day in History - 1st May

Birthdays

1769Arthur Wellesley, The Duke of Wellington
1916Glenn Ford, American film actor
1937Una Stubbs, English television actress
1944Rita Coolridge, Singer
1946Joanna Lumley, English actress
1964Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones

Events

1906Troops in Paris made many arrests during a May Day protest
1925The island of Cyprus became a British colony
1926British miners went on strike, & stayed on strike until November
1931The Empire State Building, in New York, was completed
1960Gary Powers, in a U2 spy plane, was shot down and captured by the USSR
1961Betting shops were legalised in the UK
1968Legoland, in Denmark, was opened
1982British aircraft bombed Port Stanley airport, in the Falklands
1986There was widespread trouble throughout Britains prisons as prison officers went on strike