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mayThe month May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for "elders," and that the following month (June) is named for the iuniores, or "young people"

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Find out the meaning, legends and myth behind May Day @ Round the Maypole - Celebrating May Day

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In 1957, the fanatical anti-communist, right wing US politician Joseph McCarthy died and went on to accuse the devil of being a secret red.

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Golda Meir Russian-born Israeli prime minister was born on this day in 1998

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Josip Broz Tito died today in 1980 leaving behind him a country soon to be engulfed in ethnic hatred.

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1751: Portuguese foreign secretary Sebastia Pombal curbed the power of the Inquisition in Portugal by decreeing that no auto da fé should take place without government approval.

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Maxamilen francois Robespierre French revolutionary leader and main istigator of what became known as 'The Terror' was born today in 1758.

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Nelson Mandela Signs New S. Africa Constitution in 1996 outlawing discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, sex, age, and religion, and outlawing capital punishment and abortion.

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In 1892; A ban was imposed on natives of the Congo, prohibiting them from collecting rubber and ivory other than for the state. For more info look up Congo, Angola, and Mozambique 1700-1950.

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Freya Stark, English traveler, mountaineer, and writer dies in 1993: Read about this extraordinary woman @ ' The Footsteps of Freya Star website.

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ANC's Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the first black president of South Africa today in 1994:

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Edgar the Peaceful was crowned at Bath as King of all England today in 973; he then went to Chester, where eight Scottish and Welsh kings rowed him on the Dee.

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in 1965; West Germany established diplomatic relation with Israel; Arab states then broke off relations with Bonn.

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It's 1643 and the English Civil war is beginning to turn against the monarchy and the Royalists when Oliver Cromwell defeated them at Grantham, England.

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Born today in 1771, one of the truly great social reformers Robert Owen. Every social movement, every real advance in Britain on behalf of the workers links itself on to the name of this great Welshman.

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1990: Home-produced beef was banned in UK schools and hospitals as a result of concern over 'mad-cow disease' (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE). Not to be confused with the illness that affected Britains only lady prime minister.

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1949: Chinese Nationalists organized a Supreme Council under Chiang Kai-shek, which began to remove forces to Formosa.

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1885: Germany annexed Northern Papua New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago in the southwest Pacific.

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A group of scientists in a specially convened Royal Society meeting in 1999 maintained that the experiments of Hungarian-born doctor Arpad Pusztai on genetically modified foods were flawed. (Pusztai had dared to say in August, 1998, that experiments showed Genetically Modified potatoes stunted the growth of laboratory rats, sparking off a furore in the UK against genetically modified foods, and upsetting the commercial sponsors).

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TE Lawrence better known as; Lawrence of Arabia, English soldier, poet, writer and adventurer died in a motorcycle accident today in 1935:

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In 1191; King Richard the Lion Heart conquered Cyprus from its independent Greek ruler, then joined the Crusaders at Acre in N W Israel.

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1991: Former Indian prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a Tamil suicide bomber during India's general elections campaign.

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1859: Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish novelist born. His works can be found at The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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1960: Israel announced the arrest (after abduction in Argentina) of Adolf Eichmann, who had been responsible for organizing the Germans' mass extermination of Jews in World War II.

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1959: John Dulles, member of the board of I.G. Farben (manufacturer of poison gas for the Nazi's), contributor to the Nazi party, right wing US politician and financier dies; so no loss there!

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1521: The Imperial Diet of Worms (what a name for a church group) declared Martin Luther an outlaw

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In 1920; The hated British special constables known as the Black and Tans arrived in Ireland.

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Harold of Wessex began a unsuccessful campaign to conquer Wales in 1063.

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Ian Flemming; English novelist and creator of James Bond was born today in 1908

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1997: The human rights organization Amnesty International criticized the state of Texas for the number of executions it carried out. Texas accounts for 40% of all US executions.

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Joan of Arc was burnt as a heretic at Rouen, France today in 1431.

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Clint Eastwood,US film actor and director, made many a persons day when he was born in 1930.

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