On this day: the first train to Penticton

These images show the first passenger train to Penticton, Canada on the 31st of May, 1915.

Penticton, located in British Columbia, was connected by the Kettle Valley Railway. The railway has since fallen into disuse.

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1st_Passenger_Train_to_Penticton_31st_May_1915_(HS85-10-30388) 1st Passenger Train to Penticton 31st May 1915 British Columbia Canada

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On this day: the first wounded in the Battle of Jutland

HMS_Castor__Wounded_Received_After_the_Battle_of_Jutland,_31st_May_1916_Art_IWMART2781 HMS Castor. Wounded Received After the Battle of Jutland, 31st May 1916.

HMS Castor. Wounded Received After the Battle of Jutland, 31st May 1916. X

Fought in between the British Royal Navy‘s Grand Fleet and the Imperial German Navy‘s High Seas Fleet, the Battle of Jutland took place from the 31st of May to the 1st of June, 1916.

Part of the First World War, it was one of the last battles fought solely between ships in the history of the world.

HMS Castor was one of the Cambrian subclass of the C-class of light cruisers. She saw service during the First World War and the Russian Civil War.

The HMS Castor – the British ship in the painting – can be seen above.

On this day…

Dancers from the London Festival Ballet on the 31st of May, 1952. They are photographed on London’s Southbank.

The company was renamed the English National Ballet in 1989, and is today home to some of the world’s most famous ballet stars, many of them from overseas.

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southbank-centre-7-1444132505-view-0 Cast members of the Festival Ballet, captured mid-leap on London's Southbank, 31 May 1952.

On this day: work on the Uganda Railway begins.

This image was taken on the 30th of May, 1896, when construction on the Uganda Railway began.

The project was started in British East Africa, and many of the workers were brought over from India. Several thousand chose to stay on in Africa after the work was done.

Despite its name, the railway was in in what is now Kenya, with Uganda being the destination.

Uganda_railway_first_work First day of work in the Uganda railway, 30th May 1896.

The Japanese conquest of Burma.

The Japanese invasion and conquest of Burma concluded in May, 1942. The campaign marked the beginning of Japan’s years-long campaign in the South-East Asian region in the Second World War.

In the image below, Japanese troops can be seen lined up at the Burmese border in January, shortly before the invasion began.

IJA_15th_Army_on_border_of_Burma Troops of Japanese Fifteenth Army on the border of Burma The Invasion and Conquest of Burma January 1942

On this day: Magdeburg in Ruins

This image of the German city of Magdeburg was taken on the 29th of May, 1952, seven years after the end of the Second World War.

Trapped behind the Iron Curtain, as the city was occupied by the Soviets at the end of the war (and the region turned into East Germany), very few of the city’s pre-war buildings were ever restored. Many were left in their bombed state or simply abandoned for years before being pulled down.

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Magdeburg, Blick auf die zerstörte Altstadt

On this day…

Gilbert and Sullivan‘s comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opened at the Opera Comique in London on the 25th of May, 1878.

This poster is from the second year of the show’s run.

H_m_s_pinafore_restoration 1878 – Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opens at the Opera Comique in London. 25th May 1878.

On this day: Victoria Day in 1934

Fête de la Reine (Victoria Day) is a national holiday for Canada, celebrated on the final Monday before Queen Victoria’s birthday in late May.

This image is of children in Quebec celebrating with maypole dancing on the 24th of May, 1934.

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