1352May 5Ruprecht, Roman Catholic German king, was born.
1382May 5In the Battle of Beverhoutsveld, Belgium, the population beat a drunken army.
1430May 5Jews were expelled from Speyer, Germany.
1504May 5Anton of Burgundy (~82), the Great Bastard, knight, died.
1640May 5English Short Parliament united.
1646May 5King Charles I surrendered at Scotland.
1775May 5Benjamin Franklin arrived in Philadelphia following almost a decade in Europe.
1809May 5Mary Kies was 1st woman issued a US patent (weaving straw).
1814May 5The British attacked Ft. Ontario, Oswego, New York.
1834May 5The first mainland railway line opened in Belgium.
1837May 5Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli (85), Italian composer, bandmaster, died.
1840May 5Matthaus Fischer (76), composer, died.
1854May 5English pirate Plumridge robbed along pro-English Finnish coast.
1855May 5NYC regained Castle Clinton. It would be used for immigration.
1861May 5CS troops abandon Alexandria, VA.
1864May 5Atlanta Campaign: 5 days fighting began at Rocky Face Ridge.
1864May 5Battle between Confederate & Union ships at mouth of Roanoke.
1866May 5Villagers in Waterloo, NY, held their 1st Memorial Day service. In 1966 Pres. Johnson gave Waterloo, NY, the distinction of holding the 1st Memorial Day. On Apr 13, 1862, volunteers led by Sarah J. Evans had paid homage to the graves of Civil War soldiers in the Washington area.
1881May 5Anti-Jewish rioting took place in Kiev, Ukraine.
1893May 5Panic hit the New York Stock Exchange; by year’s end, the country was in the throes of a severe depression.
1900May 5“The Billboard” began weekly publication.
1904May 5Denton True Young (Cy Young) of the Boston Red Sox pitched the American League’s first perfect game as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0.
1913May 5Tyrone Power, actor (Mark of Zorro, Alexander’s Ragtime Band), was born in Cleveland.
1915May 5German U-20 sank the Earl of Lathom.
1920May 5US Pres. Wilson made the Communist Labor Party illegal.
1922May 5Construction began on Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
1924May 5Kate Claxton (b.1850), NYC theater actress, died.
1926May 5Sinclair Lewis refused his Pulitzer Prize for “Arrowsmith.”
1927May 5Dmitri Shostakovitch’ 1st Symphony, premiered in Berlin.
1936May 5Italian troops occupied Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
1940May 5Norwegian government in exile formed in London.
1941May 5A Pulitzer prize was awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night).
1942May 5Tammy Wynette, country singer (Stand by your Man), was born in Redbay, Alabama.
1943May 5Postmaster General Frank C. Walker invented the Postal Zone System.
1945May 5The 761st Tank Battalion, an all black unit under Gen. Patton, linked with Russian allies near Steyr, Austria.
1947May 5Pulitzer prize was awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King’s Men).
1948May 5Japan’s Children’s Day became a National Holiday.
1952May 5A Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny).
1955May 5The baseball musical “Damn Yankees” opened on Broadway. It was produced by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and ran for 1022 performances. Ray Walston played the devil in the play and the 1958 movie.
1955May 5West Germany became a sovereign state.
1955May 5India’s parliament accepted Hindu divorce.
1958May 5The Arkansas Gazette received the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Little Rock Central High School integration crisis; James Agee was posthumously honored for his novel “A Death in the Family.”
1964May 5Separatists rioted in Quebec.
1972May 5Alitalia’s DC-8 Flight 112 crashed west of Palermo, Sicily; killing 115.
1975May 5Michael Shaara won Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his novel “Killer Angels.”
1977May 5Ludwig Erhard (b.1897)), German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), died.
1979May 5The recording “In The Navy” by The Village People reached #9 on the pop singles chart.
1982May 5Janet Smith, a secretary, was injured when a bomb package was opened at Vanderbilt Univ.
1987May 5The US federal government began a yearlong amnesty program, offering citizenship to illegal immigrants who met certain conditions.
1990May 5“Unbridled” won the 116th running of the Kentucky Derby.
1992May 5President Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton picked up primary victories in Indiana, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.
1994May 5Labour beat the Conservatives in British local elections.
1995May 5As rescue workers ended their search for bodies in the Oklahoma City bombing, President Clinton denounced self-styled anti-government militias, saying, “How dare you call yourselves patriots and heroes.”
1996May 5In Alaska at the Nenana Ice Classic, 12 winners guessed the movement of ice on the Tanana River at 12:32 p.m. and split the $300,000 jackpot.
1997May 5American Airlines’ pilots ratified a contract, ending nearly three years of negotiations.
1998May 5In Indonesia thousands of people clashed with police in Medan in protests as big increases in the price of gasoline and other essentials went into effect under an IMF bailout plan.
1999May 5AT&T agreed to buy MediaOne for $58 billion.
2000May 5President Clinton met at the White House with Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshiro Mori.
2001May 5“Monarchos” won the Kentucky Derby.
2002May 5George Sidney (85), film director, died in Las Vegas. He was president of the Screen Directors Guild (1951-1959) and the Directors Guild of America (1961-1967).
2003May 5Tornadoes across Missouri, Kansas and Tennessee left at least 40 people dead. Tornado-packed storms flattened communities in four Midwestern states, killing 19 people.
2004May 5Pres. Bush gave interviews to 2 Arab-language networks saying he and the American people were appalled by the revelations of prisoner mistreatment in Iraq.
2005May 5President Bush met with Nigerian Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo. They discussed oil and Obasanjo said he would explore how to address US concerns that former Liberian President Charles Taylor be brought to justice.
2006May 5CIA Director Porter Goss resigned in a second-term shake-up of President Bush’s team.
2007May 5Street Sense roared from next-to-last in a 20-horse field to win the Kentucky Derby.
2008May 5Oil futures hit a trading record of $120.36 before closing at a record $119.97.
2009May 5Israeli authorities arrested two Palestinians who tried to sell a looted 1,900-year-old papyrus document in Hebrew worth millions of dollars.
2010May 5The US Coast Guard said BP PLC has managed to cap one of three leaks at a deepwater oil well, but the work is not expected to reduce the overall flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The well has been spewing at least 210,000 gallons per day since an April 20 explosion at a rig 50 miles off Louisiana.
2011May 5US Government engineers blew up a third section of a Mississippi River levee to manage flooding, as a wall of water roared down the nation’s largest river system, threatening towns and cities all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
2012May 5Five accused 9/11 plotters, including self-confessed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, appeared before a military court on charges of planning the deadliest attack on US soil.
2013May 5A new jihadi magazine, set up by militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan, appealed to Muslims around the world to come up with technology to hack into or manipulate drones, describing this as one of their most important priorities.

Source: Timelines of History


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