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 On this day May 5-11, 2024 (week 19) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.
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On this day May 5-11, 2024 (week 19)

May 5, 2024 - May 11, 2024 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week. This week features the Italian poet Dante, the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at London’s Westminster Abbey, the composer Beethoven, the opening of the Thames Barrier, the arrest of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela, and the birth of surrealist painter Salvador Dali.

May 5, 1274: Italian poet Dante Alighieri met Beatrice Portinari, his muse, for the first time. His Divine Comedy is considered the most important poem of the Middle Ages

May 6, 2023: The coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla took place. Charles was the 40th reigning monarch crowned in London’s Westminster Abbey since 1066

May 7, 1824: Beethoven stood alongside the conductor at the premiere of his Ninth Symphony. Now totally deaf, he did not hear the applause until he was turned to witness it

May 8, 1984: The Thames Barrier, built to protect London from flooding, was opened. When raised into position its 10 steel gates stand as high as a five-storey building

May 9, 2023: Unrest erupted in Pakistan after former Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested on alleged corruption charges in a court appearance in Islamabad

May 10, 1994: Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president. Jailed for 27 years as a militant anti-apartheid activist, he was freed in 1990

May 11, 1904: Surrealist painter Salvador Dali was born in Spain. Works such as The Persistence of Memory are renowned for their striking and often bizarre images

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PUBLISHED: 22/04/2024; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;; STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Getty Images, Newscom
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