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1536: Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, was executed on Tower Green for alleged adultery. 1588: The Spanish Armada set sail from Lisbon.

1655: Forces of the English Protectorate, thwarted in their main aim in the Caribbean of capturing Hispaniola, instead began a successful invasion of the lightly-defended Spanish possession of Jamaica. Spanish attempts to retake the island failed and it would be a British colony for another three centuries.

1802: The French Legion d'Honneur was created by Napoleon. 1898: William Ewart Gladstone, four times Liberal prime minister, died at Hawarden Castle in North Wales aged 88. 1900: Britain annexed Tonga, the Friendly Islands.

1906: The 20km Simplon rail tunnel, between Switzerland and Italy, was officially opened. 1935: North Wales-born T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) died six days after a motorcycle accident in Dorset. 1982: Italian actress Sophia Loren was jailed for a month for tax evasion.

1984: Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate from 1972, died aged 77.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:May 19, 2014
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