On this day in history

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

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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On 11 June 1560, Mary of Guise, mother of Mary Queen of Scots and widow of King James V, died. ...

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On 10 May 1941 Rudolf Hess crash landed in Scotland in what appeared to be a one-man attempt to end World War Two. ...

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Glasgow socialist John Maclean was tried for sedition on 9 May 1918.

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On 8 May 1945 the Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

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Philosopher David Hume, author of A Treatise of Human Nature was born on 7 May 1711.

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Sir James Young Simpson, the physician who pioneered the use of chloroform in childbirth, died on 6 May 1870.

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East Lothian captain Sir David Baird led the storming of Seringapatum on 4 May 1799.

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James Sharp, Archbishop of St Andrews, was murdered on 3 May 1679.

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King George VI opened the Empire Exhibition in Glasgow on 5 May 1938.

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