11 Things That Happened This Day In History - 31st May

Big Ben

Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history.

1. 1859 - Big Ben rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, for the first time

2. 1911 - The hull of the Titanic is launched in Belfast. At the ceremony, a White Star Line employee claimed, 'Not even God himself could sink this ship'

3. 1931 - Clint Eastwood is born

4. 1957 - US playwright Arthur Miller is convicted of contempt of Congress after refusing to reveal the names of alleged Communist writers

5. 1961 - South Africa becomes an independent republic

6. 1962 - Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi SS officer who organized Adolf Hitler's wish to exterminate Europe's Jewish population, is executed for his crimes against humanity

7. 1966 - Nguyen Thi Can becomes the fifth Buddhist in three days to set fire to herself in protest against South Vietnam's regime

8. 1970 - An earthquake in Peru leaves more than 50,000 dead

9. 1985 - The Football Association, supported by Margaret Thatcher, bans English clubs from playing in Europe following the Heysel stadium tragedy

10. 1998 - Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, leaves the phenomenally successful Spice Girls band

11. 2005 - Former member of the FBI W. Mark Felt steps forward to reveal himself as Deep Throat, the secret Washington Post source who worked with reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein who helped bring down President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com, thepeopleshistory

images: © Trodel, © Theodore Scott

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