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 This day in History - May 31
430 Historic Events for May 31
1916

Battle of Skagerrak: Brit-German sea battle at Jutland (10,000 dead)

Event
1916

Horace Hood, British spy (Battle of Jutland), dies in battle

Death
1916

British battle cruiser Invincible explodes, killing all but 6

Event
1916

Judy Campbell, actress (Convoy, Bonnie Prince Charlie)

Birth
1916

John Vivyan, actor (Mr Lucky, Wrong Man, Imitation of Life)

Birth
1916

Bert Haanstra, Holten Netherlands, director (Fanfare)

Birth
1917

1st jazz record released (Dark Town Strutters Ball)

Event
1919

Emmanual Tettey Mensah, musician

Birth
1919

NC-4 aircraft commanded by AC Read completes 1st crossing of Atlantic

Event
1919

1st wedding held in an aircraft (over Houston, Texas)

Event
1919

Chet Gierlach, music publisher/composer

Birth
1920

Edward Bennett Williams, lawyer/team owner (Redskins, Balt Orioles)

Birth
1921

Suffy McInnis (1st base) begins an errorless string of 1,700

Event
1921

Alida Valli, Pola Italy, actress (Miracle of the Bells, 3rd Man)

Birth
1921

Robert Arthur Ley, UK, sci-fi author (Telepath, Power of X)

Birth
1921

Andrew Grima, British jeweller

Birth
1922

Elisabeth, arch duchess of Austria/princess of Liechtenstein

Birth
1922

Denholm Elliott, London, actor (Alfie, Cuba, Doll's House, King Rat)

Birth
1923

Clint Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (1949- )

Birth
1923

Wolfgang Lesser, composer

Birth
1923

China and USSR exchange diplomats

Event
1924

Russell Endean, cricketer (28 Tests for S Afr, handled the ball 1956)

Birth
1926

Portuguese president Bernardino Machedo resigns after coup

Event
1926

Sesquicentennial Exposition opens in Philadelphia

Event
1926

Derek Birley, British Vice-Chancellor (Ulster U)

Birth