What Happened on May 5

Significant Events

  • 1260 Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
  • 1891 Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky is guest conductor
  • 1941 Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa
  • 1955 West Germany is granted full sovereignty by its three occupying powers
  • 1965 First large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
  • 1980 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends as British SAS and police storm the building
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First modern perfume, Chanel No. 5 released

On May 5, 1941

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