What happened this week in history

Author Ian Fleming EMN-140521-093927001
Author Ian Fleming EMN-140521-093927001

1742 - The first indoor swimming pool opened at Goodman’s Fields in London.

1849 - Novelist Anne Bronte died of consumption in Scarborough.

1891 - The first weightlifting championships were held in London.

1907 - The first Isle of Man TT race was held.

1908 - Creator of James Bond, author Ian Fleming was born in the wealthy London district of Mayfair. He also wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

1929 - Warner Brothers showed the first all-colour, talking picture, - ‘On With the Show’ - at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.

1937 - German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) was founded.

1940 - World War II: Belgium surrendered to Nazi Germany to end the Battle of Belgium.

1944 - ‘Empress of Soul’ Gladys Knight was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

1951 - BBC Radio broadcast ‘The Goon Show’ for the first time.

1952 - The women of Greece were given the right to vote.

1959 - Two American monkeys returned to earth, after becoming the first animals to successfully complete a space mission.

1961 - Amnesty International was set up in London..

1967 - Sir Francis Chichester completed the first ever single-handed circumnavigation of the globe in a yacht.

1968 - Singer and actress Kylie Minogue was born in Australia to an accountant father and Welsh mother.

1972 - Edward, Duke of Windsor, who gave up the throne in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, died in his home near Paris at the age of 77.

1982 - Pope John Paul II became the first pope to visit Great Britain

1984 - Comedian Eric Morecombe died at the age of 58, after suffering his third heart attack, in the wings of the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury.

1998 - NASA announced they had taken pictures of the first planet to be seen outside the solar system. They named it TMR-1C.

1999 - In Milan, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ was put back on display.