THERE have been many auspicious happenings on May 31 throughout history, but tram bosses will be hopeful of a less dramatic ending than that suffered by HMS Titanic, which launched on the date in 1911.
Work on the Trans-Siberian railway also began on the date in 1891. Stretching from St Petersburg to Vladivostock, work took 25 years – just slightly longer than the tram project – finishing in October 1916.
In 1727, the Royal Bank of Scotland was formed from a company of debenture holders, while in Edinburgh in 1962 the Gaumont cinema was destroyed by fire.
In pop culture, Geri Halliwell decided May 31 was the day to announce her departure from the chart-topping Spice Girls.
While London landmark Big Ben also began ticking on May 31, in 1859. Let’s hope the trams run as regularly as the much-loved clocktower.