Events in History on May 5

  • 553 2nd Council of Constantinople (5th ecumenical council) opens

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1260 Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.

Mongolian Emperor and Founder of the Yuan Dynasty Kublai Khan
Mongolian Emperor and Founder of the Yuan Dynasty
Kublai Khan
  • 1430 Jews are expelled from Speyer, Germany

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1494 On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1640 English Short Parliament rises

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1646 King Charles I surrenders in Scotland

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1665 Nicolaas Witsen visits patriarch Nikon in Moscow
  • 1762 Russia & Prussia sign Treaty of Saint Petersburg ending the Seven Years War
  • 1764 Smolny Institute forms in St Petersburg for noble girls
  • 1789 French Estates-General meets for the first time since 1614 at Versailles, summoned King Louis XVI
  • 1809 Citizenship is denied to Jews of Aargau Canton, Switzerland
  • 1809 Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent (weaving straw)
  • 1814 British attack Ft Ontario, Oswego, NY
  • 1816 American Bible Society organized (NY)

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1834 Charles Darwin's expedition begins at Rio Santa Cruz

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1835 King Leopold opens Brussels-Mechelen railway
  • 1842 City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg, Germany)
  • 1847 American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
  • 1854 British Commodore James Plumridge attacks Finnish settlements in Gulf of Bothnia, killing civilians and destroying British-owned goods.
  • 1855 NYC regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration
  • 1861 Alexandria, VA - CS troops abandon city
  • 1862 French army intervenes in Puebla, Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
  • 1862 Peninsular Campaign-Battle of Williamsburg, VA
  • 1864 Atlanta Campaign: 5 days fighting begins at Rocky Face Ridge
  • 1864 Battle between Confederate & Union ships at mouth of Roanoke
  • 1864 Battle of Wilderness, VA (Germanna Ford, Wilderness Tavern)
  • 1864 Campaign in Northern Georgia - Chattanooga GA to Atlanta GA
  • 1865 1st US train robbery (North Bend Ohio)
  • 1874 Dutch 2nd Chamber passes child labor law

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1877 Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.

Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull
Lakota Sioux Chief
Sitting Bull
  • 1881 Anit-Jewish rioting in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1886 The Bay View Tragedy occurs, as militia fires upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killing seven.
  • 1893 Panic of 1893: Great crash on NY Stock Exchange
  • 1900 "The Billboard" began weekly publication
  • 1905 Robert S Abbott published 1st issue of newspaper "Chicago Defender"
  • 1908 Great White Fleet arrives in SF
  • 1912 Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing (4/22 OS)
  • 1915 German U-20 captures and sinks Britsih schooner Earl of Lathom
  • 1916 US Marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
  • 1920 German-Latvian peace treaty signed
  • 1920 Polish troops occupy Kiev

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1920 US President Woodrow Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1920 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are arrested on charges and robbery of a paymaster at a shoe factory in Massachusetts, US - the two men will executed
  • 1921 1st ranger for Cleveland Metroparks hired
  • 1921 Miniature newspaper published (Brighton Gazette 10 x 13 cm)
  • 1922 Construction begins on Yankee Stadium (Bronx)
  • 1924 Unions terminate Twentse textile strike
  • 1925 John T Scopes arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee
  • 1925 Yankee Everett Scott is benched, ending his 1,307-game playing streak
  • 1925 Afrikaans is established as an official language in South Africa.
  • 1926 Sinclair Lewis refuses his Pulitzer Prize for "Arrowsmith"
  • 1930 Amy Johnson takes off - first woman to fly solo from England to Australia
  • 1932 Japan & China sign a peace treaty
  • 1936 Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip
  • 1936 Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa
  • 1939 Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky
  • 1940 Norwegian government-in-exile forms in London
  • 1941 2 Fokker employees flee Nazi occupied Netherlands to England

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1941 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • 1941 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night)
  • 1941 First modern perfume, Chanel No. 5, released
  • 1942 British assault on Diego Suarez, Madagascar
  • 1942 US begins rationing sugar during WW II
  • 1943 Postmaster General Frank C Walker invents Postal Zone System

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1944 Gandhi freed from prison

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1944 Soviet offensive against Sebastopol, Crimea
  • 1945 Mauthausen Concentration camp in Austria liberated by US forces from 41st Reconnaissance Squadron.
  • 1945 Netherlands & Denmark liberated from Nazi control
  • 1945 Uprising against occupying SS troops in Prague
  • 1945 Premier Gerbrandy on Radio Orange tells Dutch they are liberated

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1945 World War II: Admiral Karl Dönitz, leader of Germany after Hitler's death, orders all U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to their bases

Naval commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz
  • 1947 Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 & causes $850M in damage
  • 1947 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King's Men)
  • 1948 1st squadron of jet aircraft aboard a carrier
  • 1949 Council of Europe forms
  • 1949 Statute of Council of Europe drawn up

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1950 Bhumibol Adulyadej crowned King Rama IX of Thailand in the Royal Palace in Bangkok

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • 1952 Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
  • 1954 Military coup in Paraguay led by general Alfredo Stroessner
  • 1955 Indian parliament accepts Hindu divorce
  • 1955 US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
  • 1955 West Germany is granted full sovereignty by its three occupying powers
  • 1956 Jim Bailey (US) runs mile a record 3:58.6 in LA Calif
  • 1957 Adolf Scharf elected president of Austria
  • 1958 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for Death in the Family
  • 1958 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • 1961 Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7)
  • 1964 Separatists riot in Quebec
  • 1965 First large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam

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1969 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)

Novelist Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer
  • 1970 US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
  • 1971 Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC)
  • 1972 Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
  • 1975 Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Shaara (Killer Angels)
  • 1975 A's release pinch runner Herb Washington (played 104 games without batting, pitching, or fielding He stole 30 bases, & scored 33 runs)
  • 1976 Train collision at Schiedam, Netherlands, kills 24
  • 1979 Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
  • 1979 Voyager 1 passes Jupiter
  • 1980 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends as the SAS and police storm the building
  • 1980 Constantine Karamanlis is elected for the first time President of Greece.
  • 1981 16th & final Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 4-1, hold 8-7-1 edge
  • 1981 After 66 days on hunger strike, 26 year old MP Bobby Sands dies in the Maze Prision; 9 further hunger strikers die in the next 3 months
  • 1983 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1986 Hall of Fame & Museum announced to be built in Cleveland
  • 1987 Congress begins Iran-Contra hearings
  • 1987 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1988 Eugene A Marino installed as 1st African American archbishop
  • 1990 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Chris Warren
  • 1991 A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after a Salvadoran man is shot by police.
  • 1994 Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections
  • 1994 North-Yemen air force bombs Aden South Yemen
  • 1997 Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful
  • 2000 Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Moon

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2005 Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third consecutive term in UK general election

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 2006 The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army
  • 2007 Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon.
  • 2012 Japan shuts down its nuclear reactors leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970
  • 2012 17 people are killed and 47 missing after a flash flood in Nepal
  • 2013 10 people are killed in a church attack in Njilan, Nigeria
  • 2013 5 people are killed after a limousine catches fire in Hayward, California
  • 2014 China announces it will upgrade Ethiopia's infrastructure in an effort to improve a China-Africa strategic partnership
  • 2015 Scientists announce the discovery of the oldest & most distant galaxy known to man, EGS-zs8-1
  • 2015 Archaeornithura meemannae, the oldest known prehistoric bird, is discovered
  • 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires: Canadian state of Alberta declares a state of emergency as evacuation of 80,000 people continues