On This Day

On This Day in History for May 5 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 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 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2002 Jacques Chirac wins the French Presidential election for a second term defeating Jean-Marie Le Pen leader of the far-right National Front

President of France Jacques Chirac
President of France
Jacques Chirac

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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 province of Alberta declares a state of emergency as evacuation of 80,000 people continues

KnightedKnighthood

2017 Anna Wintour, the editor of US Vogue, is made a dame by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace

Magazine Editor Anna Wintour
Magazine Editor
Anna Wintour
  • 2018 Electric cigarette explodes killing a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, first death from a vaping product
  • 2019 Violent clashes between Israel and Gaza militants over three days have left 4 Israelis and 23 Palestinians dead
  • 2019 King Vajiralongkorn is crowned King of Thailand, first monarch to be crowned in nearly seven decades during a three-day celebration in Bangkok
  • 2019 At least 41 people die when a Russian Aeroflot plane catches fire after an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow
  • 2019 Oil tanker explosion kills 55 in Niamey, Niger
  • 2020 Global confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 reach 3.65 million, US cases pass 70,000 while the UK becomes the most affected in Europe with 29,427 known deaths
  • 2020 São Luis, in Maranhão state becomes the first Brazilian city to enter lockdown because of coronavirus COVID-19 as its health services struggles to cope

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