What happened this week in history

Suzi Quatro  celebrates her 65th birthday this week EMN-150526-082701001
Suzi Quatro celebrates her 65th birthday this week EMN-150526-082701001

In 1162, Thomas A Becket was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury.

1865 - King George V was born at Marlborough House.

1875 - French composer Georges Bizet died at the age of 36, believing his work ‘Carmen’ was a failure.

1924 - Australian novelist Franz Kafka died aged 40, before any of his major works had been published.

1929 - Douglas Fairbanks Jnr married Joan Crawford.

1937 - The Duke of Windsor married American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

1940 - The Battle of Dunkirk ended with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat.

1946 - A Paris fashion show exhibited the first season of bikinis.

1956 - Third class train travel was scrapped by British Rail.

1962 - A chartered Air France Boeing 707 heading for Atlanta, Georgia, crashed on take-off at Orly Airport in Paris, killing 130 people on board.

1965 - The launch of Gemini 4, the first multi-day space mission by a NASA crew. Crew member Ed White performed the first American spacewalk.

1968 - Andy Warhol was shot and seriously injured by Valeria Solnais, an actress who had starred in one of his films.

1981 - Shergar won the Derby by a record 10 lengths.

1982 - The Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom, Shlomo Argov, was shot on a London street. He survived but was permanently paralysed.

1989 - The government of China sent troops to force protesters out of Tiananmen Square after seven weeks of occupation.

1991 - Eminent vulcanologist Harry Olichen was killed when the volcano he was studying unexpectedly erupted.

2000 - Camilla Parker Bowles met the Queen for the first time as Prince Charles’s partner.

2003 - The village of Cwm Brefi became the last in Wales to be connected to the National Grid. Residents had previously relied on generators for electricity.

2006 - The union of Serbia and Montenegro came to an end with Montenegro’s formal declaration of independence.