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On this day in history 13th May

May 13 is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 232 days remain until the end of the year

Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning was born 13th May 1907 in London, the middle of three daughters of prominent actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and actress Muriel Beaumont.

Although she is classed as a romantic novelist, her stories have been described as “moody and resonant” with overtones of the paranormal. Her bestselling works were not at first taken seriously by critics, but have since earned an enduring reputation for narrative craft. Many have been successfully adapted into films, including the novels Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, and Jamaica Inn, and the short stories “The Birds” and “Don’t Look Now/Not After Midnight”.

References were made to her reputed bisexuality an alleged affair with Gertrude Lawrence, as well as her attraction to Ellen Doubleday, the wife of her U.S. publisher Nelson Doubleday, were cited. She stated in her memoirs that her father had wanted a son, being a tomboy, she wished to have been born a boy as she identified as more of a boy than a girl. She died on 19 April 1989, aged 81, at her home in Cornwall, which had been the setting for many of her books. Her body was cremated and her ashes scattered off the cliffs at Fowey, Kilmarth, Cornwall.

Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington Died May 13th 1948. Also known as “Kick” Kennedy, was an American socialite. She was the daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Kennedy, sister of future U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and wife of the Marquess of Hartington, heir apparent to the 10th Duke of Devonshire.

Kick’s time in England during her father’s term as Ambassador would dramatically influence the remainder of her life. She was educated in London and had wide circle of friends, both male and female, in British high society. She began a relationship with William Cavendish. Her mother rejected this because she saw that their marriage would break the laws of the Roman Catholic Church by allowing Kathleen’s children to be raised in the Church of England. Kathleen stubbornly married Hartington on May 6, 1944, in a civil ceremony at the Caxton Hall Registry Office.

Four months after their marriage Hartington was killed by a sniper during a battle with the Germans in Belgium. On May 13, 1948, Lady Hartington was flying to the French Riviera. Approximately one hour into the flight, radio contact was lost with the plane close to the center of a storm. When they finally cleared the clouds, it was instantly discovered the plane was in a dive, it spun into the ground seconds later. Lady Hartington was instantly killed. Her father was the only family member to attend her funeral.

Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon were officially married

Mary, the younger sister of King Henry VIII, had been widowed on 1st January 1515 when her first husband, King Louis XII of France, died after less than three months of marriage. When the marriage match had been negotiated between the 18-year-old Mary and the 52-year-old Louis, Mary had made her brother, the king promise that if she survived Louis then she would be able to marry a man of her choosing. Mary wrote to her brother reminding him of how she had fulfilled her side of their bargain by marrying the old king and now it was his turn to keep his promise: “I beseech your grace that you will keep all the promises that you promised me when I take my leave of you by the waterside” and stating that she wished to marry where “my mind is”. Her mind was set on Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, her brother’s good friend and the man who her brother had sent to bring Mary back home to England.

The couple returned to England on 2nd May 1515 and were married again on 13th May at Greenwich in the presence of Henry VIII and Queen Katherine of Aragon. Mary and Suffolk went on to have four children: Henry born in 1516, Frances born in 1517, Eleanor between 1518 and 1521, and a second Henry in 1522 (the first Henry having died by this time). Their marriage came to an end on 25 June 1533 when Mary died.

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