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1660 King Charles II returned to England to reclaim the throne. Royalists marked the day by decorating their houses with oak branches and leaves - starting a tradition.

1871 Britain's first official bank holiday, Whit Monday, took place.

1922 The American Supreme Court declared baseball to be a sport.

1929 Experimental traffic lights were installed in London's Oxford Street.

1950 The BBC broadcast the first episode of The Archers.

1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing became the first people to reach the summit of Everest.

1961 The BBC broadcast the first television interview with a member of the Royal Family. On this occasion it was the Duke of Edinburgh under the spotlight.

1962 Henry Mancini's Moon River won a Grammy for Record of the Year.

1985 39 Juventus fans died during rioting at the European Cup final at Heysel Stadium in Brussels.

1983 A pounds 1 million Rembrandt was stolen from Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.

1997 Mohammed Al Fayed bought Fulham Football Club.

1998 Michael and Kim Blake of Stowmarket in Suffolk had their lawn stolen.

2000 The NHS was criticised for paying for extra surgery for a transsexual to have bigger breasts. Liz Rowe, formerly known as Steven, was given pounds 3,500.

2000 It was reported that The Cure were expected to announce a split once their world tour was over.

1986 Ian Botham was banned from first-class cricket for two months, for smoking cannabis.

1999 James Major married Emma Noble in the crypt of the Houses of Parliament.

1942 Bing Crosby recorded White Christmas.

1987 Michael Jackson allegedly offered $50,000 for the remains of the Elephant Man, John Merrick. The offer was doubled before it was refused.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 29, 2005
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