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May 15, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Anne Boleyn, Amy Johnson, Michael William Balfe

On the 15th of May –

In 1536 Anne Boleyn stands trial in London for treason, adultery and incest and is comdemned to the death penalty by a specially selected jury. I’ve heard of ‘domestic violence’, but chopping your wife’s head off is rather extreme… This picture from the Louvre shows the moment she gets the news of the verdict:
Anne de Boleyn condammée à mort

In 1936 Miss Amy Johnson landed safely back in England after her record-breaking flight to Cape-Town. She died in WWII while serving in the Air Transport Auxiliary.
Miss Amy Johnson at Baldonnell: Aircraft in flight
Captain Jim Mollison and Amy Johnson, both aviators

Irish composer Micheal William Balfe is born in 1808. His best-known work is the opera ‘The Bohemian girl’:
When other lips and other hearts (The Bohemian Girl)
Das Herz von Kummer tief gebeugt (Die Zigeunerin)
[Balfe Michael Wilhelm]
And we also have some libretti for his works.

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