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It happened on a… May 11

2015

Record price for a work of art at auction: Picasso’s The Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’) sells for US$179.3 million at Christies in New York.

1998

A French mint produced the first coins of Europe’s single currency. The coin is known as the euro.

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1997

Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, lost his first ever multi-game match. He lost to IBM’s chess computer Deep Blue. It was the first time a computer had beaten a world-champion player.

1981

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats” (based on poetry by T. S. Eliot) directed by Trevor Nunn first premieres in the West End, London.

1947

The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company.

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1924

Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging their two companies.

1717

Founding of the Canadian commercial exchange; forerunner of the Montreal Stock Exchange.

0868

“The Diamond Sutra”, the world’s oldest surviving and dated printed book is printed in Chinese and made into a scroll.

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Éphémérides

It happened on a… May 18

2020

US President Donald Trump confirms he is taking controversial drug hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19.

2018

All of Chile’s 34 Roman Catholic bishops offer their resignation to Pope Francis in wake of child sex scandal.

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2001

DreamWorks Pictures “Shrek”, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts.

1999

“Millennium” 3rd studio album by the Backstreet Boys is released – one of the best-selling albums of all time, over 30 million copies sold.

1995

“Braveheart” directed by Mel Gibson and starring Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau premieres at the Seattle Film Festival (Best Picture 1996).

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1980

Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

1970

Beatles’ last released LP, “Let It Be”, released in US.

1951

The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.

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1756

The Seven Years’ War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.

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Éphémérides

It happened on a… May 18

2020

US President Donald Trump confirms he is taking controversial drug hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19.

2018

All of Chile’s 34 Roman Catholic bishops offer their resignation to Pope Francis in wake of child sex scandal.

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2001

DreamWorks Pictures “Shrek”, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts.

1999

“Millennium” 3rd studio album by the Backstreet Boys is released – one of the best-selling albums of all time, over 30 million copies sold.

1995

“Braveheart” directed by Mel Gibson and starring Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau premieres at the Seattle Film Festival (Best Picture 1996).

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1982

Bombardier Inc. wins $1 billion contract to build 825 subway cars for New York; largest-ever export contract for a Canadian manufacturer.

1980

Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

1970

Beatles’ last released LP, “Let It Be”, released in US.

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1951

The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.

1873

Opening of the St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary in Montreal.

1756

The Seven Years’ War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.

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It happened on a… May 17

2018

Michigan State University will pay $500 million in claims to 300 survivors of sexual abuse involving Larry Nassar. Largest sexual abuse case in sports history.

2015

Gun fight between rival biker gangs and police in Waco, Texas leaves 9 dead and 18 injured. 170 later arrested for organised crime.

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2009

Video game Minecraft is first released to the public while in development.

1990

The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases.

1973

Stevie Wonder releases “You are the Sunshine of my Life”.

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Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.

1964

First Tim Horton’s coffee and donut shop opens in Hamilton, Ontario by NHL player Tim Horton.

1875

The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, KY.

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1792

The New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers.

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