May 5 Events in History - May 5 Birthdays - May 5 Deaths



2014 Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel has resigned in the wake of security breaches late last year in which customer data was stolen; the company will be run by John Mulligan, the company's Chief Financial Officer, until a new president is identified
2014 Polio is on the rise as unvaccinated refugees travel across borders; though most prevalent in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, infections are now appearing in other parts of Asia and Africa; young children are the most vulnerable
2013 The French military's M51 missile test fails when the missile self-destructs in midair
2013 The world's first plastic gun, produced by a 3-D printer by Defense Distributed fires successfully in Austin, Texas. Security officials fear plastic weapons would not be detected at airport screenings
2012 The last nuclear reactor in Japan is shut down, leaving the country without nuclear power since 1970
2012 The moon forms a super moon as it gets the closest to the earth for the year
2011 Former U.S. Olympic champion Carl Lewis is granted a place on the ballot for the Democratic primary election for a New Jersey Senate seat
2011 In Brazil, the Supreme Federal Court rules that same-sex couples receive the same rights of existing civil unions
2010 After serving twenty-one terms, U.S. Representative, Democrat, and Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Dave Obey, announces he will not run for re-election
2000 Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Moon
1998 Federal court rules President Clinton does not have executive privilege in the Lewinsky case so he must testify
1997 "Married With Children" final episode on Fox TV
1997 Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful
1996 "Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore" closes at Belasco after 12 performances
1996 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Sprint Titleholders Golf Championship
1996 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe
1995 Last basketball game at Boston Gardens (Magic beats Celtics)
1994 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" opens at Helen Hayes New York City for 50 performances
1994 Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections
1994 North-Yemen air force bombs Aden South Yemen
1992 Country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection
1991 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1990 116th Kentucky Derby: Craig Perret aboard Unbridled wins in 2:02
1990 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Chris Warren
1990 Paul Hogan and Linda Koslowski wed in Byron Bay, Eastern Australia
1989 Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany, New York
1988 Eugene Marino installed as 1st black U.S. archbishop
1987 Congress begins Iran-Contra hearings
1987 Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East
1987 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1986 Hall of Fame and Museum announced to be built in Cleveland
1985 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Moss Creek Women's Golf Invitational
1984 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay, Jr. aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
1983 Bruins 5-Isles 1-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 3-2 lead
1983 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 16th and final Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yankees 4-1, hold 8-7-1 edge
1980 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends; British commandos and police stormed the building
1979 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
1979 Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
1979 Voyager 1 passes Jupiter
1978 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits
1976 Anderlecht wins 16th soccer Europe Cup II
1976 Train collision at Schiedam Netherlands, kills 24
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, and scored 33 runs)
1974 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1973 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4
1972 Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
1971 "Earl of Ruston" opens at Billy Rose Theater New York City for 5 performances
1971 Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (New York City)
1970 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
1969 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 3
1969 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)
1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
1966 Borussia Dortmund wins 6th Europe Cup II
1966 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
1965 1st large-scale U.S. Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
1964 Separatists riot in Quebec
1963 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
1962 88th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Decidedly wins in 2:00.4
1962 Los Angeles Angel Bo Belinsky no-hits Baltimore Orioles, 2-0
1962 West Side Story soundtrack album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album
1961 Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7)
1958 KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, New Mexico (PBS) begins broadcasting
1958 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for (Death in the Family)
1958 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1957 Adolf Scharf elected president of Austria
1957 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
1956 82nd Kentucky Derby: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:03.4
1956 Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude
1956 Jim Bailey (U.S.) runs mile a record 3:58.6 in Los Angeles California
1956 World championships of judo are 1st held, in Tokyo
1955 "Damn Yankees" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 1022 performances
1955 Indies parliament accept hindu-divorce
1955 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
1955 West Germany granted full sovereignty by 3 occupying powers
1954 Military coup by general Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay
1952 Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
1952 Ron Necciai of Pitts Pirate's Bristol Twins Class D farm team, strikes out 27, as he no-hits Welch Minors, 4 Minors do reach base
1951 "Out of This World" closes at New Century Theater New York City after 157 performances
1951 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
1950 Phumiphon Abundet crowned as king Rama IX of Thailand
1949 Council of Europe forms
1949 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949 Statue of Council of Europe drawn
1949 Tiger 2nd baseman Charlie Gehringer selected to Hall of Fame
1948 1st air squadron of jets aboard a carrier
1948 Belgian government of Spaak resigns
1947 Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 and causes $850M in damage
1947 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King's Men)
1945 Mauthausen Concentration camp liberated
1945 Netherlands and Denmark liberated from Nazi control
1945 Uprising against SS-occupying troops in Prague
1945 Premier Gerbrandy on Radio Orange tells Dutch they are liberated
1944 Gandhi freed from prison
1944 Russian offensive against Sebastopol Krim
1943 Postmaster General Frank C Walker invents Postal Zone System
1942 British assault on Diego Suarez Madagascar
1942 U.S. begins rationing sugar during WW II
1941 2 Fokker's employees flee nazi occupied Netherlands to England
1941 Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa
1941 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night)
1940 Norwegian government in exile forms in London
1939 Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky
1938 Phillies Harold Kelleher faces 16 batters in 6th, as Cubs score 12 runs, both marks are NL records off one hurler in a single inning
1936 Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip
1936 Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa
1935 Jessie Owens of U.S., sets then long jump record at 26' 8"
1934 60th Kentucky Derby: Mack Garner aboard Cavalcade wins in 2:04
1932 Japan and China sign a peace treaty
1930 1st woman to fly solo from England to Australia takes-off (Amy Johnson)
1930 Bradman scores 185* Australia vs. Leicestershire, 317 minutes, 16 fours
1927 Dmitri Sjostakovitch' 1st Symphony, premieres in Berlin
1926 Geldrop soccer team forms
1926 Sinclair Lewis refuses his Pulitzer Prize for "Arrowsmith"
1925 John T. Scopes arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee
1925 Ty Cobb goes 6 for 6, (16 total bases)
1925 Yankee Everett Scott is benched, ending his 1,307-game playing streak
1924 Unions terminate Twentse textile strike
1922 Construction begins on Yankee Stadium
1921 1st ranger for Cleveland Metroparks hired
1921 Miniature newspaper published (Brighton Gazette 10 x 13 cm)
1920 German-Latvian peace treaty signed
1920 Polish troops occupy Kiev
1920 U.S. President Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal
1917 St. Louis Brown Ernie Koob no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0
1916 U.S. Marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
1915 German U-20 sinks Earl of Lathom
1912 5th Olympic games open at Stockholm, Sweden
1912 Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing (4/22 OS)
1908 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens on Stone Street wins in 2:15.2
1908 Great White Fleet arrives in San Francisco
1905 Robert S. Abbott published 1st issue of newspaper "Chicago Defender"
1904 Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Philadelphia A's (3-0)
1900 "The Billboard" began weekly publication
1893 Panic of 1893: Great crash on New York Stock Exchange
1891 Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky as guest conductor
1881 Anit-Jewish rioting in Kiev Ukraine
1874 Dutch 2nd Chamber passes child labor law
1865 1st U.S. train robbery (North Bend Ohio)
1864 Atlanta Campaign-5 days fighting begins at Rocky Face Ridge
1864 Battle between Confederate and Union ships at mouth of Roanoke
1864 Battle of Wilderness, Virginia (Germanna Ford, Wilderness Tavern)
1864 Campaign in Northern Georgia - Chattanooga Georgia to Atlanta GA
1863 Battle of Tupelo, Mississippi
1863 Joe Coburn KOs Mike McCoole for U.S. boxing title in 63rd round
1862 French army intervenes in Puebla, Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
1862 Peninsular Campaign-Battle of Williamsburg, Virginia
1855 New York City regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration
1854 English pirate Plumridge robs along pro-English Finnish coast
1847 American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
1842 City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
1835 King Leopold opens Brussels-Mechelen railway
1834 Charles Darwin's expedition begins at Rio Santa Cruz
1816 American Bible Society organized in New York
1814 British attack Ft. Ontario, Oswego, New York
1809 Citizenship is denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau Switzerland
1809 Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a U.S. patent (weaving straw)
1797 Napoleon I's sister Elisa marries Felix Bacciochi
1789 French States-General for It first since 1614 together
1780 2nd oldest learned society in U.S. (American Academy of Arts and Sciences) forms (Boston)
1764 Smolny-institution forms in St. Petersburg for noble girls
1762 Russia and Prussia sign peace treaty
1726 Marie de Camargo (16) premieres at Opera of Paris
1665 Nicolaas Witsen visits patriarch Nikon in Moscow
1646 King Charles I surrenders at Scotland
1640 English Short Parliament unites
1494 On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica
1430 Jews are expelled from Speyer Germany
1382 Battle of Beverhoutsveld - population beats drunken army
553 2nd Council of Constantinople (5th ecumenical council) opens











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