This Day in History for 5th May

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 181

553 - 2nd Council of Constantinople (5th ecumenical council) opens
1260 - Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
1382 - Battle of Beverhoutsveld - population beats drunken army
1430 - Jews are expelled from Speyer Germany
1494 - On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica
1640 - English Short Parliament unites
1646 - King Charles I surrenders at Scotland
1665 - Nicolaas Witsen visits patriarch Nikon in Moscow
1726 - Marie de Camargo (16) premieres at Opera of Paris
1762 - Russia & Prussia sign peace treaty, Treaty of Saint Petersburg ending the Seven Years War
1764 - Smolny-institution forms in St Petersburg for noble girls
1780 - 2nd oldest learned society in US (American Academy of Arts & Sciences) forms (Boston)
King Charles IKing Charles I 1789 - French States-General for It first since 1614 together
1809 - Citizenship is denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau Switzerland
1809 - Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent (weaving straw)
1814 - British attack Ft Ontario, Oswego, NY
1816 - American Bible Society organized (NY)
1834 - Charles Darwin's expedition begins at Rio Santa Cruz
1835 - King Leopold opens Brussels-Mechelen railway
1842 - City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
1847 - American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
1854 - English pirate Plumridge robs along pro-English Finnish coast
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin 1855 - NYC regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration
1861 - Alexandria, VA - CS troops abandon city
1862 - French army intervenes in Puebla, Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
1862 - Peninsular Campaign-Battle of Williamsburg, VA
1863 - Battle of Tupelo, MS
1863 - Joe Coburn KOs Mike McCoole for US boxing title in 63rd round
1864 - Atlanta Campaign: 5 days fighting begins at Rocky Face Ridge
1864 - Battle between Confederate & Union ships at mouth of Roanoke
1864 - Battle of Wilderness, VA (Germanna Ford, Wilderness Tavern)
1864 - Campaign in Northern Georgia - Chattanooga GA to Atlanta GA
1865 - 1st US train robbery (North Bend Ohio)
1874 - Dutch 2nd Chamber passes child labor law
1877 - Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
1881 - Anit-Jewish rioting in Kiev Ukraine
1886 - The Bay View Tragedy occurs, as militia fire upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killing seven.
Composer Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyComposer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1891 - Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in NY, Tchaikovsky as guest conductor
1893 - Panic of 1893: Great crash on NY Stock Exchange
1900 - "The Billboard" began weekly publication
1904 - Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Phila A's (3-0)
1905 - Robert S Abbott published 1st issue of newspaper "Chicago Defender"
1908 - 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens on Stone Street wins in 2:15.2
1908 - Great White Fleet arrives in SF
1912 - 5th Olympic games open at Stockholm, Sweden
1912 - Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing (4/22 OS)
MLB Pitcher Cy YoungMLB Pitcher Cy Young 1915 - German U-20 sinks Earl of Lathom
1916 - US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
1917 - St Louis Brown Ernie Koob no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0
1920 - German-Latvian peace treaty signed
1920 - Polish troops occupy Kiev
1920 - US Pres Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal
1921 - 1st ranger for Cleveland Metroparks hired
1921 - Miniature newspaper published (Brighton Gazette 10 x 13 cm)
1922 - Construction begins on Yankee Stadium (Bronx)
1924 - Unions terminate Twentse textile strike
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
1925 - Afrikaans is established as an official language in South Africa.
1926 - Geldrop soccer team forms
1926 - Sinclair Lewis refuses his Pulitzer Prize for "Arrowsmith"
1927 - Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony premieres in Berlin
1930 - Amy Johnson takes off - first woman to fly solo from England to Australia
1930 - Bradman scores 185* Aust v Leicestershire, 317 mins, 16 fours
1932 - Japan & China sign a peace treaty
1934 - 60th Kentucky Derby: Mack Garner aboard Cavalcade wins in 2:04
1935 - Jesse Owens of US sets long jump record at 26' 8½"
1936 - Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip
1936 - Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa
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
1939 - Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky
1940 - Norwegian government in exile forms in London
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)
1941 - Chanel No. 5 was released.
1942 - British assault on Diego Suarez Madagascar
1942 - US begins rationing sugar during WW II
1943 - Postmaster General Frank C Walker invents Postal Zone System
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma GandhiPacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi 1944 - Gandhi freed from prison
1944 - Russian offensive against Sebastopol, Crimea
1945 - Mauthausen Concentration camp liberated
1945 - Netherlands & Denmark liberated from Nazi control
1945 - Uprising against occupying SS troops in Prague
1945 - Premier Gerbrandy on Radio Orange tells Dutch they are liberated
1945 - World War II: Admiral Karl Dönitz, leader of Germany after Hitler's death, orders all U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to their bases.
1947 - Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 & causes $850M in damage
1947 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King's Men)
Navy Commander Karl DönitzNavy Commander Karl Dönitz 1948 - 1st air squadron of jets aboard a carrier
1948 - Belgian government of Spaak resigns
1949 - Council of Europe forms
1949 - KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949 - Statute of Council of Europe drawn up
1949 - Tiger 2nd baseman Charlie Gehringer selected to Hall of Fame
1950 - Phumiphon Abundet crowned as king Rama IX of Thailand
1951 - "Out of This World" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 perfs
1951 - 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 238

867 - Uda, Emperor of Japan (d. 931)
1210 - King Afonso III of Portugal (d. 1279)
1352 - Ruprecht, Roman catholic German king
1479 - Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru (d. 1574)
1546 - Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician (d. 1623)
1557 - Emmanuel-Philibert van Lalaing, baron of Montigny/marquis of Renty
1635 - Philippe Quinault, French playwright (L'amant indiscret)
1657 - Jacques Danican Philidor, composer
1680 - Giuseppe Porsile, composer
1715 - Daniel Dal Barba, composer
Holy Roman Emperor Leopold IIHoly Roman Emperor Leopold II (1747) 1747 - Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1792)
1749 - Jean-Frederic Edelmann, composer
1764 - Robert Craufurd, British general (d. 1812)
1800 - Louis Hachette, French publisher (Librairie Hachette)
1804 - Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise)
1813 - Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (d. 1855)
1815 - Eugene-Marin Labiche, French playwright
1817 - George Washington Julian, MC (Union), died in 1899
1818 - Karl Marx, Trier, Prussia, philosopher (Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital), (d. 1883)
1819 - Stanislaw Moniuszko, Polish composer
1823 - James Allen Hardie, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1876
1826 - Eugenie M de Montijo y de Guzman, Empress of France
Communist Philosopher Karl MarxCommunist Philosopher Karl Marx (1818) 1830 - John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer (d. 1906)
1832 - H H Bancroft, historian, publisher (History of Pacific States)
1833 - Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer/explorer
1834 - Viktor Hartmann, Russian architect and painter (d. 1873)
1835 - Leopold II, Belgian crown prince, baptized
1842 - Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, composer
1846 - Federico Chueca, composer
1846 - Henryk Sienkiewicz, Poland, author (Quo Vadis, Nobel 1905)
1848 - Adalbert von Goldschmidt, composer
1849 - Hambletonian, Chester NY, greatest standardbred horse
1854 - Antonio Smareglia, composer
1862 - Max Elskamp, Belgian author/poet (Lesson Joies Blondes, Maya)
1863 - Frederik A Stoett, linguist (Dutch Proverbs)
1865 - Felicjan Szopski, composer
1865 - Nellie Bly, [Elizabeth Cochran Seaman], American journalist and writer (d. 1922)
1866 - Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (d. 1938)
1867 - Thomas Tertius Noble, composer
1869 - Hans Pfitzner, Russian-born composer (d. 1949)
1871 - Alberto Cametti, composer
1879 - Symon Petlyura, leader Ukraine (pogroms)
1883 - Charles Bender, only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame
1883 - Leopold Samuel, composer
1883 - Petar Konjovic, composer
1883 - Archibald Wavell, British general (d. 1950)
1884 - Wang Tjing-Wei, premier China (1932-35)
1885 - Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State)
1886 - Manuel Borguno, composer
1887 - Estelle Hemsley, Boston MA
1887 - Lord Geoffrey Fisher of Lambeth, archbishop of Canterbury
1889 - Herbie Taylor, cricketer (prolific South African pre- & post-WWI)
1890 - Christopher Morley, author (Kitty Foil)
1894 - Kit Guard, Denmark, actor (El Diablo Rides, Kid Courageous)
1899 - Freeman Gosden, Richmond Va, radio actor (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy)
1900 - Charles Jewtraw, US, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1924)
1900 - Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer/conductor (Hassan gewinnt)
1900 - Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope)
1900 - Dennis Gabor, electrical engineer and physicist, Nobel Prize winner
1901 - Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (d. 1959)
1903 - James Beard, US, culinary expert/author (Delights & Prejudices)
1904 - Gordon Richards, British jockey (winner of 4,870 races)
1905 - Arnold Meijer, Dutch leader of fascist Dutch National/Black Front
1905 - Robert Houben, Belgian CVP-minister of Public health (1958)
1906 - Ursula Jeans, Simla India. actress (I Lived With You, Over the Moon)
1907 - Benny Baker, St Joseph MO, actor (18 Again, Sting II, Thunderbirds)
1907 - Kenneth Muir, English scholar
1907 - Yoritsune Matsudaira, composer
1908 - Jacques Massu, French general (Algeria)
1908 - Kurt Böhme, German bass (d. 1989)
1909 - Miklos Radnoti, writer
1910 - William I Martin, US pilot/vice-admiral (WW II)
1911 - Giles Grangier, film director
1911 - Norman Oldfield, cricketer (Engl batsman one Test v WI 1939, 80 & 19)
1911 - Phillip Edmund Clinton Manson-Bahr, specialist in tropical medicine
1912 - Alice Faye [Ann Leppert], New York City, New York, American actress (Barricade, State Fair)
1912 - W Fenton Morley, preacher
1913 - Tyrone Power, Cleve, actor (Mark of Zorro, Alexander's Ragtime Band)
1915 - Richard H Rovere, Jersey City, journalist (Goldwater Caper)
1916 - Mutal' Burkhanov, composer
1916 - Zail Singh, President of India (d. 1994)
1917 - Ron Saggers, cricket wicket-keeper (effective NSW & Aussie late 40's)
1918 - Erbie Bowser, pianist
1919 - George London, Montreal Canada, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto)
1919 - Tony Canadeo, Chicago, NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers)
1919 - Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (d. 1999)
1920 - John Hidalgo Moya, architect/designer (Skylon)
Physicist Arthur Leonard SchawlowPhysicist Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921) 1921 - Arthur Leonard Schawlow, Mount Vernon, New York, American physicist, shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers
1921 - Sonja Oosterman, Dutch singer (Marketensters)
1922 - Jay D Miller, record producer
1922 - Phil Gordon, Meridian Miss, singer/actor (Jasper-Bev Hillbillies)
1923 - Godfrey Quigley, actor (Barry Lyndon, Educating Rita, Rooney)
1923 - Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (d. 2003)
1924 - Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Buenos Aires, director (Monday's Child)
1924 - Theo Olof, German/Neth violinist/prodigy/concert master
1925 - Monica Lewis, actress (Box Office)
1925 - Leo Ryan, United States Congressman (d. 1978)
1925 - Mykola Plaviuk, Rusiv, Poland, Ukranian president (1978-81), (d. 2012)
1926 - Ann B Davis, Schenectady NY, American actress (Bob Cummings Show, Alice-Brady Bunch)
1927 - Charles Rosen, NYC, pianist/musicologist (Sonata Forms)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 11 of 11

Jurist William BlackstoneJurist William Blackstone (1761) 1761 - Jurist William Blackstone (37) weds Sarah Clitherow
1797 - Napoleon I's sister Elisa marries Felix Bacciochi
1885 - Author Gerhart Hauptmann (22) weds Marie Thienemann
1940 - Actress Mary Martin (26) weds producer Richard Halliday (35)
1963 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (26) weds teacher Sajida Talfah (26)
1978 - "Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (28) weds Lorrie Maheffey
1990 - "Crocodile Dundee" actors Paul Hogan (50) weds Linda Kozlowski (32) at their newly built $3 million mansion at Faraway Possum Creek in New South Wales, Australia
2000 - Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie (24) weds actor Billy Bob Thornton (44) at The Little Church of The West Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
Actress Angelina JolieActress Angelina Jolie (2000) 2007 - Actress and singer Brittany Murphy (29) weds writer and director Simon Monjack (37) at their home in Los Angeles City
2007 - "Scream" actress Neve Campbell (33) weds actor John Light (32) in Malibu
2012 - Actress Julie Benz (40) weds marketing executive Rich Orosco (39) at the historic John Sowden house in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 110

200 - Sun Ce, warlord of the Han Dynasty (b. 175)
311 - Gaius VM Galerius, emperor of Rome, dies at about 50
984 - Gerberga of Saxony, Queen of Western Francia
1028 - Alfonso V, King of Leon/Galicia (999-1028), dies in battle
1194 - Casimir II, the Just, grand duke of Poland (1177-94), dies. Born 1138
1219 - King Leo II of Armenia (b. 1150)
1309 - Charles II, the Lame, King of Naples (1285-1309), dies
1504 - Anton of Burgundy, the Great Bastard, knight, dies at about 82
1525 - Frederik III, the Wise, ruler of Saxon (1486-1525), dies at 62
1582 - Charlotte de Bourbon, Princess of Orange, dies
1586 - Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529)
1604 - Claudio Merulo, Italian organist/composer, dies at 71
1613 - Johann Steuerlein, composer, dies at 66
1672 - Samuel Cooper, English painter (b. 1609)
1678 - Anna M van Schurman, Dutch poet/spoke 10 languages, dies at about 70
1702 - Jacob Hintze, composer, dies at 79
1705 - Leopold I von Hapsburg, Emperor of Holy Roman Empire, dies at 64
1766 - Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
1786 - Pedro III, King of Portugal, dies
1801 - Philippe-Lambert-Joseph Spruyt, Flemish painter/engraver, dies at 74
1808 - Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (b. 1757)
1811 - Robert Mylne, Scottish architect (b. 1734)
French Emperor Napoleon BonaparteFrench Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1821) 1821 - French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1799-1815), dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena
1827 - Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (1806-27), dies at 76
1831 - Friedrich Ludwig Seidel, composer, dies at 65
1837 - Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, Italian composer/bandmaster, dies at 85
1840 - Gottlob Benedikt Bierey, composer, dies at 67
1840 - Matthaus Fischer, composer, dies at 76
1855 - Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (b. 1786)
1859 - Peter G L Dirichlet, German mathematician, dies at 53
1864 - Alexander Hays, US Union-general-major, dies in battle at 44
1864 - John Marshall Jones, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 43
1864 - Leroy A Stafford, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 42
1875 - Jan A C A van Nispen tot Sevenaer, Dutch MP (1848-75), dies at 71
1885 - Lauro Rossi, composer, dies at 73
1886 - Joseph Albert, German photographer (Albertotype), dies at 61
1892 - Jan Nepomuk Skroup, composer, dies at 80
1892 - August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
1896 - Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)
1900 - Ivan Aivazovsky, Russian painter (b. 1817)
1902 - Bret Harte, writer, dies at 65
1909 - Pauline Staegeman, German feminist, dies
1921 - Alfred H Fried, Austrian/German pacifist (Nobel 1911), dies
1927 - Charles Boissevain, editor in chief (General Trade 1885-1908), dies
1931 - Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)
1941 - Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)
1942 - Qemal Stafa, Albanian politician (b. 1920)
1945 - Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (b. 1926)
1947 - Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
1951 - Eddie Dunn, comedian (Face to Face, Spin the Picture), dies at 54
1956 - Charles R Gallas, lexicographer (French Dictionary), dies at 88
1957 - Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer, dies at 74
Nobel Peace Laureate Carlos Saavedra LamasNobel Peace Laureate Carlos Saavedra Lamas (1959) 1959 - Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician, dies at 80
1960 - Sulho Ranta, composer, dies at 58
1962 - Ernest Tyldesley, cricketer (990 runs in 14 Tests for England), dies
1963 - Heinrich Gebhard, composer, dies
1963 - Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (Stijl), dies at 73
1968 - Albert Dekker, dies of accidental suffocation at 62
1969 - Ben Alexander, actor (Frank Smith-Dragnet), dies at 57
1971 - Alice Tissot, actress (Italian Straw Hat), dies of cancer at 81
1971 - Petro Scaglione, Italian procureur-general, killed by Mafia
1971 - Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
1972 - Rev Gary David, vocalist, dies at 76
1976 - Thomas Burnett Swann, sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), dies at 47
1977 - Ludwig Erhard, German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), dies at 80
1978 - Alfred H H Gilligan, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
1979 - Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
1980 - Edmond Vandercammen, Belgian writer/poet (Grand Combat), dies at 79
1981 - Bobby Sands, IRA activist/terrorist dies in the 66th day of his hunger strike
1983 - John Williams, actor (Family Affair, Dial M for Murder), dies at 80
1983 - Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (b. 1901)
1985 - Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
1986 - Jon William Haussermann Jr, composer, dies at 76
1986 - Rui Coelho, composer, dies at 94
1988 - George Rose, actor (Devil's Disciple, Hideaways), dies at 68
1988 - Tamara Pos, Suriname/Dutch activist
1988 - Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
1989 - Frank Easton, cricket wicketkeeper (NSW 1933-39), dies
1991 - William De Acutis, dies at 33
1992 - Ben Frommer, dies at 78
1992 - Dick Yarmy, dies of lung cancer at 58
1992 - Jean-Claude Pascal, French actor (Golden Salamander), dies at 64
1992 - Stefano d'Arrigo, Siciilian writer, dies at 72
1993 - Balak Brahmachari, [Marxist Godman], Indies guru, dies at 73
1993 - Irving Howe, US writer/critic (Dissent), dies at 72
1993 - Lenore Kingston Jenson, dies of cancer at 79
1994 - Hein Salomonson, architect, dies at about 83
1994 - Joe Layton, director (Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip), dies at 63
1995 - Anthony Wagner, genealogist, dies at 86
1995 - Bernard Benjamin Gillis, judge, dies at 89
1995 - Esther Waterhouse, doctor/methodist, dies at 86
1995 - James Pack, naval officer museum curator, dies at 81
1995 - Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington, engineer, dies at 75
1995 - Mikhail Moseyevich Botvinnik, world chess champ, dies
1995 - Thomas Eden Binkley, musician, dies at 63
1996 - Ai Qing, poet, dies at 86
1996 - Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58
1997 - Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
2000 - Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (b. 1914)
2001 - Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher

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