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5th of May 0553 EVENT The Second Council of Constantinople begins.
5th of May 1215 EVENT Rebel barons renounce their allegiance to King John of England -- part of a chain of events leading to the signing of the Magna Carta.
5th of May 1260 EVENT Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
5th of May 1494 EVENT Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
5th of May 1640 EVENT King Charles I of England dissolves the Short Parliament.
5th of May 1762 EVENT Russia and Prussia sign the Treaty of St. Petersburg.
5th of May 1789 EVENT In France, the Estates-General convenes for the first time since 1614.
5th of May 1809 EVENT The Swiss canton of Aargau denies citizenship to Jews.
5th of May 1809 EVENT Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
5th of May 1811 EVENT In the second day of fighting at the Peninsular War Battle of Fuentes de Onoro the French army, under Marshall Massena, drive in the Duke of Wellington's overextended right flank, but French frontal assaults fail to take the town of Fuentes de Onoro and the Anglo-Portugese army holds the field at the end of the day.
5th of May 1821 EVENT Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
5th of May 1835 EVENT In Belgium, the first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
5th of May 1860 EVENT Giuseppe Garibaldi sets sail from Genoa, leading the expedition of the Thousand to conquer the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and giving birth to the Kingdom of Italy.
5th of May 1862 EVENT Cinco de Mayo: troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico.
5th of May 1864 EVENT American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
5th of May 1865 EVENT In North Bend, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio), the first train robbery in the United States takes place.
5th of May 1866 EVENT Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
5th of May 1877 EVENT Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
5th of May 1886 EVENT The Bay View Tragedy: A militia fires into a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing seven.
5th of May 1891 EVENT The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
5th of May 1904 EVENT Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.
5th of May 1920 EVENT Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.
5th of May 1925 EVENT Scopes Trial: serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
5th of May 1925 EVENT The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language
5th of May 1936 EVENT Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
5th of May 1940 EVENT World War II: Norwegian Campaign : Norwegian squads in Hegra Fortress and Vinjesvingen capitulate to the Nazis after all other Norwegian forces in southern Norway had laid down their arms.
5th of May 1940 EVENT World War II: Norwegian refugees form a government-in-exile in London
5th of May 1941 EVENT Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots' Victory Day.
5th of May 1945 EVENT World War II: Canadian and UK troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation when Wehrmacht troops capitulate.
5th of May 1946 EVENT The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
5th of May 1949 EVENT The Treaty of London establishes the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as the first European institution working for European integration.
5th of May 1950 EVENT Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
5th of May 1955 EVENT West Germany gains full sovereignty.
5th of May 1961 EVENT The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3 : Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes.
5th of May 1964 EVENT The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.
5th of May 1972 EVENT Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.
5th of May 1980 EVENT Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
5th of May 1981 EVENT Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
5th of May 1987 EVENT Iran-Contra affair: start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
5th of May 1991 EVENT A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.
5th of May 1992 EVENT Ratification by Alabama brings into effect the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
5th of May 1994 EVENT The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
5th of May 1994 EVENT American teenager Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism, a punishment that many in the United States deemed to be excessive for a teenager committing a non-violent crime. However, significant numbers of Americans were also in favor of it.
5th of May 2006 EVENT The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.
5th of May 2007 EVENT All 114 aboard Kenya Airways Flight 507 die when the pilots lose control of the plane and it crashes in Douala, Cameroon.
5th of May 2010 EVENT Mass protests in Greece erupt in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.
5th of May 0867 BIRTHDAY Uda, Emperor of Japan (d. 931)
5th of May 1210 BIRTHDAY King Afonso III of Portugal (d. 1279)
5th of May 1479 BIRTHDAY Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru (d. 1574)
5th of May 1546 BIRTHDAY Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician (d. 1623)
5th of May 1684 BIRTHDAY Francoise Charlotte d'Aubigne, niece of Madame de Maintenon and ancestress of the Heir to the Belgian throne (d. 1739)
5th of May 1747 BIRTHDAY Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1792)
5th of May 1764 BIRTHDAY Robert Craufurd, British general (d. 1812)
5th of May 1800 BIRTHDAY Louis Christophe Francois Hachette, French publisher (d. 1864)
5th of May 1813 BIRTHDAY S?ren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (d. 1855)
5th of May 1818 BIRTHDAY Karl Marx, German political philosopher (d. 1883)
5th of May 1826 BIRTHDAY Empress Eugenie of France, wife of Napoleon III (d. 1920)
5th of May 1830 BIRTHDAY John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer (d. 1906)
5th of May 1832 BIRTHDAY H.H. Bancroft, American historian and publisher (d. 1918)
5th of May 1833 BIRTHDAY Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer (d. 1905)
5th of May 1834 BIRTHDAY Viktor Hartmann, Russian architect and painter (d. 1873)
5th of May 1846 BIRTHDAY Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1916)
5th of May 1864 BIRTHDAY Nellie Bly, American journalist and writer (d. 1922)
5th of May 1866 BIRTHDAY Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (d. 1938)
5th of May 1869 BIRTHDAY Hans Pfitzner, German composer (d. 1949)
5th of May 1883 BIRTHDAY Archibald Wavell, British general (d. 1950)
5th of May 1883 BIRTHDAY Agustin Barrios, Paraguayan guitarist and composer (d. 1944)
5th of May 1887 BIRTHDAY Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1972)
5th of May 1889 BIRTHDAY Herbie Taylor, South African cricketer (d. 1973)
5th of May 1890 BIRTHDAY Christopher Morley, American writer (d. 1957)
5th of May 1899 BIRTHDAY Freeman Gosden, American radio comedian (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy) (d. 1982)
5th of May 1901 BIRTHDAY Blind Willie McTell, American singer (d. 1959)
5th of May 1903 BIRTHDAY James Beard, American chef and cookbook writer (d. 1985)
5th of May 1908 BIRTHDAY Kurt Bohme, German bass (d. 1989)
5th of May 1909 BIRTHDAY Miklos Radnoti, Hungarian poet (d. 1944)
5th of May 1911 BIRTHDAY Andor Lilienthal, Hungarian chess grandmaster (d. 2010)
5th of May 1914 BIRTHDAY Tyrone Power, American actor (d. 1958)
5th of May 1915 BIRTHDAY Alice Faye, American actress (d. 1998)
5th of May 1919 BIRTHDAY Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (d. 1999)
5th of May 1921 BIRTHDAY Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
5th of May 1923 BIRTHDAY Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (d. 2003)
5th of May 1925 BIRTHDAY Leo Ryan, United States Congressman (d. 1978)
5th of May 1926 BIRTHDAY Ann B. Davis, American actress
5th of May 1927 BIRTHDAY Pat Carroll, American actress
5th of May 1928 BIRTHDAY Nora Denney, American actress (d. 2005)
5th of May 1931 BIRTHDAY Greg, Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon) (d. 1999)
5th of May 1932 BIRTHDAY Will Hutchins, American actor
5th of May 1934 BIRTHDAY Ace Cannon, American saxophonist
5th of May 1935 BIRTHDAY Douglas Marland, American television writer (d. 1993)
5th of May 1935 BIRTHDAY Robert Rehme, American film producer
5th of May 1935 BIRTHDAY Bernard Pivot, French journalist and television host
5th of May 1936 BIRTHDAY Ervin Lazar, Hungarian writer (d. 2006)
5th of May 1936 BIRTHDAY Patrick Gowers, British composer
5th of May 1937 BIRTHDAY Delia Derbyshire, British electronic music composer (d. 2001)
5th of May 1937 BIRTHDAY Johnnie Taylor, American singer (d. 2000)
5th of May 1938 BIRTHDAY Michael Murphy, American actor
5th of May 1939 BIRTHDAY Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams
5th of May 1940 BIRTHDAY Lasse Aberg, Swedish artist, actor and musician
5th of May 1940 BIRTHDAY Lance Henriksen, American actor and painter
5th of May 1940 BIRTHDAY Michael Lindsay-Hogg, American film director
5th of May 1941 BIRTHDAY Alexander Ragulin, Russian hockey player (d. 2004)
5th of May 1942 BIRTHDAY Marc Alaimo, American actor
5th of May 1942 BIRTHDAY Istvan Bujtor, Hungarian actor (d. 2009)
5th of May 1942 BIRTHDAY Tammy Wynette, American musician (d. 1998)
5th of May 1943 BIRTHDAY Michael Palin, British writer, actor, and comedian
5th of May 1944 BIRTHDAY Bo Larsson, Swedish footballer
5th of May 1944 BIRTHDAY Roger Rees, Welsh-American actor
5th of May 1944 BIRTHDAY John Rhys-Davies, English-born Welsh actor
5th of May 1948 BIRTHDAY Bill Ward, British drummer
5th of May 1951 BIRTHDAY Rudolf Finsterer, German rugby player and coach
5th of May 1952 BIRTHDAY Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (d. 2005)
5th of May 1954 BIRTHDAY Dave Spector, American television personality and commentator
5th of May 1955 BIRTHDAY Melinda Culea, American actress
5th of May 1956 BIRTHDAY Robert Marien, Quebecois actor, singer and songwriter
5th of May 1957 BIRTHDAY Richard E. Grant, British actor
5th of May 1957 BIRTHDAY Peter Howitt, British actor and film director
5th of May 1958 BIRTHDAY Ron Arad, Israeli aircraft navigator missing in action
5th of May 1958 BIRTHDAY Robert DiPierdomenico, Australian rules footballer
5th of May 1959 BIRTHDAY Johann Gajda, German footballer
5th of May 1959 BIRTHDAY Ian McCulloch, English singer (Echo & the Bunnymen)
5th of May 1959 BIRTHDAY Brian Williams, American news anchor
5th of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Hiroshi Hase, Japanese professional wrestler and politician
5th of May 1962 BIRTHDAY Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter
5th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY James LaBrie, Canadian singer (Dream Theater)
5th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Simon Rimmer, English chef
5th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Heidi Kozak, American actress
5th of May 1964 BIRTHDAY John Lee, Korean-born American football player
5th of May 1965 BIRTHDAY Glenn Seton, Australian racing driver
5th of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer (Megadeth)
5th of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Josh Weinstein, American writer
5th of May 1967 BIRTHDAY Takehito Koyasu, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
5th of May 1967 BIRTHDAY Maro Mavri, Greek fashion-model and actress
5th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Soheil Ayari, French racer
5th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Kyan Douglas, American TV-personality
5th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY LaPhonso Ellis, American basketball player
5th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Todd Newton, American TV-personality, two-time game-show host
5th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Naomi Klein, Canadian author and activist
5th of May 1971 BIRTHDAY Harold Miner, American basketball player
5th of May 1971 BIRTHDAY Mike Redmond, American baseball player
5th of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Brad Bombardir, Canadian ice-hockey player
5th of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Zigmund Palffy, Slovak ice-hockey player
5th of May 1972 BIRTHDAY James Cracknell, British rower
5th of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Mikael Renberg, Swedish ice-hockey player
5th of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Devin Townsend, Canadian musician (Strapping Young Lad)
5th of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Tina Yothers, American actress
5th of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Casino Versus Japan, American composer
5th of May 1974 BIRTHDAY Seiji Ara, Japanese racing driver
5th of May 1976 BIRTHDAY Dieter Brummer, Australian actor
5th of May 1976 BIRTHDAY Anastasios Pantos, Greek footballer
5th of May 1976 BIRTHDAY Juan Pablo Sorin, Argentine footballer
5th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Choi Kang-hee, South Korean actress
5th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Santiago Cabrera, Chilean actor
5th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Bruno Cheyrou, French footballer
5th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY John Wilshere, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer
5th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Morgan Pehme, American filmmaker and writer
5th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Vincent Kartheiser, American actor
5th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Yossi Benayoun, Israeli footballer
5th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player
5th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Hank Green, Musician, video blogger and founder of ecogeek.org
5th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Marcelle Bittar, Brazilian model
5th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Craig David, English singer
5th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Danielle Fishel, American actress
5th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Chris Duncan, American baseball player
5th of May 1982 BIRTHDAY Jay Bothroyd, English footballer
5th of May 1982 BIRTHDAY Randall Gay, American football player
5th of May 1982 BIRTHDAY Wouter D'Haene, Belgian flatwater-canoeist
5th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Henry Cavill, Jersey actor
5th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Scott Ware, American football player
5th of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Wade MacNeil, Canadian guitarist (Alexisonfire)
5th of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Terrence Wheatley, American football player
5th of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Marcos Rogerio, Brazilian footballer
5th of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Shoko Nakagawa, Japanese actress, illustrator and singer
5th of May 1987 BIRTHDAY Jessie Cave, English actress
5th of May 1987 BIRTHDAY Marija Sestic, Bosnian singer
5th of May 1988 BIRTHDAY Adele, English singer
5th of May 1988 BIRTHDAY Jessica Dubroff, American pilot trainee (d. 1996)
5th of May 1988 BIRTHDAY Brooke Hogan, American singer and television personality
5th of May 1989 BIRTHDAY Larissa Wilson, English actress
5th of May 1989 BIRTHDAY Chris Brown, American singer and actor
5th of May 1999 BIRTHDAY Nathan Chen, American figure skater
5th of May 0200 DEATH Sun Ce, warlord of the Han Dynasty (Born 175)
5th of May 0311 DEATH Galerius, Roman Emperor
5th of May 0984 DEATH Gerberga of Saxony, Queen of Western Francia
5th of May 1028 DEATH King Alfonso V of Castile, Leon, and Galicia (Born 994)
5th of May 1194 DEATH King Casimir II of Poland (Born 1138)
5th of May 1219 DEATH King Leo II of Armenia (Born 1150)
5th of May 1309 DEATH King Charles II of Naples (Born 1254)
5th of May 1426 DEATH Ephraim of Nea Makri, Greek Orthodox saint (Born 1384)
5th of May 1525 DEATH Frederick III of Saxony (Born 1463)
5th of May 1586 DEATH Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy of Ireland (Born 1529)
5th of May 1604 DEATH Claudio Merulo, Italian composer (Born 1533)
5th of May 1671 DEATH Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester, English politician (Born 1602)
5th of May 1672 DEATH Samuel Cooper, English painter (Born 1609)
5th of May 1705 DEATH Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (Born 1640)
5th of May 1760 DEATH Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, English murderer (Born 1720)
5th of May 1766 DEATH Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (Born 1684)
5th of May 1808 DEATH Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (Born 1757)
5th of May 1811 DEATH Robert Mylne, Scottish architect (Born 1734)
5th of May 1821 DEATH Napoleon I of France (Born 1769)
5th of May 1827 DEATH Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (Born 1750)
5th of May 1833 DEATH Sophia Campbell, Australian artist (Born 1777)
5th of May 1855 DEATH Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (Born 1786)
5th of May 1859 DEATH Peter Gustav Dirichlet, German mathematician (Born 1805)
5th of May 1892 DEATH August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (Born 1818)
5th of May 1896 DEATH Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (Born 1839)
5th of May 1900 DEATH Ivan Aivazovsky, Russian painter (Born 1817)
5th of May 1916 DEATH John MacBride, Irish Nationalist and member of the Easter Rising (Born 1865)
5th of May 1921 DEATH Alfred Hermann Fried, Austrian writer and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (Born 1864)
5th of May 1931 DEATH Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (Born 1899)
5th of May 1941 DEATH Natalija Obrenovic, Queen of Serbia (Born 1859)
5th of May 1942 DEATH Qemal Stafa, Albanian politician (Born 1920)
5th of May 1945 DEATH Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (Born 1926)
5th of May 1947 DEATH Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (Born 1917)
5th of May 1959 DEATH Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (Born 1878)
5th of May 1962 DEATH Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (Born 1889)
5th of May 1965 DEATH Nikos Gounaris, Greek tenor (Born 1915)
5th of May 1971 DEATH Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (Born 1887)
5th of May 1977 DEATH Ludwig Erhard, German politician (CDU) and Chancellor of Germany from 1963 until 1966 (Born 1897)
5th of May 1981 DEATH Bobby Sands, Irish activist (Born 1954)
5th of May 1983 DEATH Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (Born 1901)
5th of May 1985 DEATH Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (Born 1901)
5th of May 1988 DEATH Michael Shaara, American author (Born 1928)
5th of May 1992 DEATH Jean-Claude Pascal, French singer (Born 1927)
5th of May 1994 DEATH Mario Quintana, Brazilian poet (Born 1906)
5th of May 1995 DEATH Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player, grandmaster and world champion (Born 1911)
5th of May 1997 DEATH Walter Gotell, German actor (Born 1924)
5th of May 1999 DEATH Vasilis Diamantopoulos, Greek actor (Born 1920)
5th of May 2000 DEATH Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Born 1914)
5th of May 2000 DEATH Bill Musselman, American basketball head coach (Born 1940)
5th of May 2001 DEATH Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher (Born 1918)
5th of May 2001 DEATH Raymond Kessler, American midget wrestler
5th of May 2002 DEATH Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (Born 1926)
5th of May 2002 DEATH Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs (Born 1904)
5th of May 2002 DEATH George Sidney, American film director (Born 1916)
5th of May 2003 DEATH Sam Bockarie, RUF Rebel commander (Born 1964)
5th of May 2003 DEATH Walter Sisulu, South African activist (Born 1912)
5th of May 2004 DEATH Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Born 1959)
5th of May 2005 DEATH Elisabeth Fraser, American television, film, and stage actress (Born 1920)
5th of May 2005 DEATH Edgar Ponce, Mexican actor and dancer (Born 1974)
5th of May 2006 DEATH Naushad Ali, Indian composer (Born 1919)
5th of May 2007 DEATH Theodore Harold Maiman, American physicist, noted for making the first working laser (Born 1927)
5th of May 2008 DEATH Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (Born 1917)
5th of May 2010 DEATH Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, 12th president of Nigeria (Born 1951)
5th of May 2010 DEATH Giulietta Simionato, Italian mezzo-soprano (Born 1910)
5th of May 2011 DEATH Yosale Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (Born 1924)
5th of May 2011 DEATH Claude Choules, last surviving World War I veteran (Born 1901)

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