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Henry Purcell
Henry Purcell was born in St Ann's Lane, Old Pye Street Westminster, the area of London later known as Devil's Acre, probably in 1659. As far as is known he spent his entire life in Westminster. Henry's father was a musician in service to the king , but Hen...

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Puppy
HISTORY In ancient Rome, auburn-haired puppies were sacrificed to ensure a plentiful corn crop. In the United Kingdom a tax was levied upon working dogs with tails, so many puppies had their tails docked to avoid this tax. The tax was repealed in 1796 but t...

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Puppet
Puppets have existed for thousands of years and in nearly all civilizations. They are mentioned in Xenophon's Symposium of the 5th century BC, and there are ancient traditions of puppetry in China , India , Java and other parts of Asia . Puppets were  also ...

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Punk rock
The 1969 release of The Stooges' eponymous debut album is arguably the earliest trace of punk rock; along with MC 5's Kick Out The Jams . Iggy Pop the frontman of The Stooges is considered the "godfather of punk." By Michael Markos,  The term "punk" was fir...

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On with the Show debuted on May 28 1929. An American Pre-Code musical film released by Warner Bros, it was filmed in Two-strip Technicolor and is noted as the first all-talking, all-color feature length movie.

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Miss Able and Miss Baker, two Nasa monkeys, became the first animals ever to return alive from a space mission on May 28. 1959.

Picture shows Miss Baker awaiting launch.

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The first Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) motor cycle races were held on May 28, 1907. They took over the Short Course, consisting of a circuit progressing from St John's → Ballacraine → Kirk Michael → Peel → St John's.

The race was ten laps of the 15 mile 1,430 yards course, a total race distance of 158.125 miles.

The single-cylinder class race was won by Charles R. Collier riding a Matchless in 4 hours, 8 minutes and 8 seconds at an average race speed of 38.21 mph.

The twin-cylinder class was won by Rem Fowler (see picture below) riding a the Peugeot-engined Norton in 4 hours, 21 minutes and 8 seconds at an average race speed of 36.21 mph.

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William Pitt the Younger, UK's youngest ever prime minister, was born at Hayes Place in the village of Hayes, Kent on May 28, 1759.

His father William Pitt the Elder, 1st Earl of Chatham, was British Prime Minister between 1756-61 and 1766-68. He is regarded as the founder of the British Empire.

Frederick the Great said of Pitt the Elder "England has been in labour a long time...but at last she has given birth to a man."

William's mother was Lady Hester Pitt. Pitt the Younger was the second son and fourth child out of five; his elder brother, John Pitt, also had a political career.

A sickly child, William was educated at home by the Reverend Edward Wilson because of his poor health. An intelligent child, he quickly became proficient in Latin and Greek.

In 1773, aged just 14, he entered Pembroke Hall at the University of Cambridge, where he studied political philosophy, the classics, and history.

In 1776, Pitt, plagued by poor health, took advantage of a little-used privilege available only to the sons of noblemen, and chose to graduate without having to pass examinations.

Pitt's father, who had by then been created Earl of Chatham, died in 1778. As a younger son, Pitt the Younger received a minuscule inheritance. He received legal education at Lincoln's Inn, and was called to the bar in 1780.

Pitt entered Parliament as the member for Appleby in 1781.

The youthful Pitt cast aside his tendency to be withdrawn in public, emerging as a noted debater right from his maiden speech. Edmund Burke said of young Pitt's first speech in the House of Commons "not merely a chip of the old block, but the old block himself." (Thinking of Pitt's father.)

When the Whig prime minister Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham died in 1782 only three months after coming to power; he was succeeded by another Whig, William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne. Pitt joined his government; and was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer

William Pitt the Younger became the youngest British prime minister at age 24 on December 7, 1783.

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The world record for pancake eating was broken by competitive eater Matt Stonie at the World Pancake Eating Championship, held in Chico, California on May 28, 2016, when he shoved down 113 silver-dollar pancakes in eight minutes.

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James Bond author Ian Fleming was born on May 28, 1908 at 27 Green Street in the wealthy London district of Mayfair. His mother was Evelyn St Croix Rose, and his father was Valentine Fleming, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Henley from 1910 until he was killed in World War I.

Fleming enrolled at Eton College in 1921. Although not a high achiever academically, he excelled at athletics and held the title of Victor Ludorum ("Winner of the Games") for two years between 1925 and 1927. James Bond later attended Eton.

In October 1931 Fleming was given a position as a sub-editor and journalist for the Reuters News Agency. Fleming spent time in Moscow, where he covered the Stalinist show trial of six engineers from the British company Metropolitan-Vicker.

Fleming worked for Britain's Naval Intelligence Division during the Second World War. He was involved in planning Operation Goldeneye and in the planning and oversight of two intelligence units, 30 Assault Unit and T-Force.
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