In response to India’s recent nuclear tests (see 11th May), Pakistan explodes 5 underground nuclear devices. The USA, Japan, and other.
Death of Phil Hartman, American comic actor (‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘NewsRadio’), shot by his wife who then killed herself.
Death of Eric Morecambe, British comedian (Morecambe and Wise)
US President Ronald Reagan led a Memorial Day state funeral at Arlington National Cemetery for an unknown US serviceman killed in Vietnam
Duke of Windsor (ex-King Edward VIII) dies in Paris
The USA launched two monkeys (Able and Baker) into space. They were the first living creatures to be successfully recovered after a trip into space
First Goon Show broadcast
Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister – policy of appeasement towards Hitler
The first Glyndebourne opera festival was held, in East Sussex, UK
Armenia and Azerbaijan declared their independence from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic.
Birth of Ian Fleming, British novelist, creator of ‘James Bond’ .
Oscar Wilde sent to prison
Birth of William Pitt, the younger, British Prime Minister (17831801 and 18041806)
The first indoor swimming pool opened at the Bagnio, Lemon Street, London. It was 43 feet long.
Marriage of King James IV of Scots and Margaret Tudor