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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Luminous Anniversaries!

25 years - 

since 1986...

20 years ago 
(18 May 1991)
Helen Sharman 
became the first 
British citizen 
to go into space

20 years ago 
(15 May 1991)
Edith Cresson 
became first woman 
Prime Minister of France

40 years ago 
 (30 May 1971)
NASA launched 
the space probe 
Mariner 9. 
It became the first spacecraft 
to orbit another planet 
(November 1971)

40 years ago 
(19 May 1971)
Death of Ogden Nash, 
American writer 
of humorous poetry 

50 years ago 
(25 May 1961)
U.S. President John F. Kennedy 
gave his famous 
‘man on the moon’ 
speech, in which 
he urged Congress 
and America 
to commit itself, 
before the end of the decade, 
to landing a man on the moon 
and returning him safely to earth 

If  you believe 
they put a man on the moon...

50 years ago 
(5 May 1961)
Alan Shepard 
became the first American 
to travel into space 

75 years ago 
(27 May 1936)
The British ocean liner 
‘RMS Queen Mary’ 
began her maiden voyage

75 years ago 
(22 May 1936)
Aer Lingus, 
Ireland’s national airline, 
began operating 

 80 years ago 
(1 May 1931)
The Empire State Building 
in New York City, USA 
was officially opened

To think that 
it could have crumbled 
to dust 
at the age of 
70 - 
if there hadn't been 
another prime target 
in NYC...

 200 years ago 
(14 May 1811)
declared its 
from Spain

Take that, 

and there were 
two or three more 
this month, 

But that would be 
too much information 




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