What Happened on May 5

Significant Events

  • 1260 Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire
  • 1941 Ethiopian 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 the SAS and police storm the building
  • 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
More Historical Events

May 5 in Film & TV

  • 2018 Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover releases the music video to new single "This is America" to wide acclaim

May 5 in Music

  • 1891 Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky is guest conductor
  • 2018 Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover releases the music video to new single "This is America" to wide acclaim

May 5 in Sport

  • 1904 Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in "modern" baseball for Boston Americans against Philadelphia Athletics's (3-0)

Did You Know?

First modern perfume Chanel No. 5 released by fashion designer Coco Chanel

On May 5, 1941


Would You Believe?

West Side Story soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album

On May 5, 1962

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