Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female Prime Minister on May 4th, 1979. Some other firsts claimed by those occupying the country's highest office.
Volume 62 Issue 5 May 2012
Mihir Bose asks why sport has become so central to modern culture.
Britain and the United States may have been on the same side during the Second World War, but cinematic representations of the conflict could stir controversy between them, as Jeffrey Richards explains.
In 1729 a young entrepreneur, Jonathan Tyers, took over the failing management of the pleasure gardens at Vauxhall. During his long tenure he was able to make it a resounding success, as David Coke explains.
Derek Wilson looks at the life of a French princess, who married and helped depose an English king during a tumultuous period of Anglo-French relations that was to end in the Hundred Years War.
Chairman Mao photographed attempting to swim the River Yangtze in July 1966.
Modern dance was born with the premiere of L'apres-midi d'un faune on May 29th, 1912.
The Antipodean reformer died on May 16th, 1862.
The only British Prime Minister to be murdered whilst in office was shot dead on 11 May 1812.
During the Second World War many cities were bombed from the air. However Rome, the centre of Christendom but also the capital of Fascism, was left untouched by the Allies until July 1943. Claudia Baldoli looks at the reasons why and examines the views of Italians towards the city.