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
  • 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, and the 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 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 COVID-19 as its health services struggle to cope
  • 2021 Canada is the first country to authorize the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds
  • 2021 Evidence of Africa's earliest burial, a three-year-old boy, 78,000 years ago, in a cave in Kenya published [1]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 Donald Trump's ban in Facebook upheld by its Oversight Board for a further six months

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2021 A week of mass protests and demonstrations against government tax reform and poverty in Colombia leaves 24 dead

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 US President Joe Biden announces the US will support temporarily lifting patent protection on COVID-19 vaccines with the WHO

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • 2021 The possible eviction of Palestinian families from a Jerusalem neighborhood begins days of unrest in the city, injuring hundreds

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