On this day in history

Discover what happened on any day of the year with our daily history guides.

Scottish pirate William Kidd was executed on 23 May 1701 in London. ...

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The Quintinshill Rail disaster, one of the worst train disasters in UK history, occurred on 22 May 1915.

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Pioneering Scottish female astronomer Williamina Fleming died on 21 May 1911.

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The Battle of Nechtansmere (or Blar Dhun Neachdain) was fought on 20 May 685AD. ...

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Author and diarist James Boswell died on 19 May 1795, at the age of 54. ...

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Pioneering photographer David Octavius Hill died on 17 May 1870.

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Scottish explorer Sir Alexander Burnes was born on 16 May 1805.

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Mary Queen of Scots married her third husband, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell on 15 May 1567. ...

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The St Andrews Society of Golfers was founded on 14 May 1754.

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On 13 May 1568, Mary Queen of Scots was defeated at the Battle of Langside.

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Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, daughter of the Earl of Strathmore, was crowned queen on 12 May 1937, alongside her husband, ...

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On 11 May 1685, Covenanter martyrs Margaret Wilson and Margaret Lachlane were executed for refusing to declare ...

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