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Moments in Time
On May 30, 1593, playwright Christopher Marlowe, 29, is killed. Marlowe had been arrested when heretical papers were found in his room. While out on bail, Marlowe became involved in a fight over a tavern bill and was stabbed to death.
On May 31, 1859, in London the famous tower clock known as Big Ben rings out for the first time. Many claim the clock was named after the famously long-winded commissioner of works Sir Benjamin Hall. Another story argues that the bell was named for the popular heavyweight boxer Benjamin Caunt.
On May 26, 1897, the first copies of the classic vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops. Dracula is the story of a vampire who makes his way from Transylvania to England, and preys on innocents there to get the blood he needs to live.
On May 29, 1903, film, TV, and radio star Bob Hope is born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, England. After careers in vaudeville and radio, Hopes career as a film actor made him one of the most highly paid entertainers in Hollywood.