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
MLB Legend Ty CobbMLB Legend Ty Cobb 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 - 12 of 12

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)
1964 - Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella (41) weds long-time friend Roxie Joynes
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
Actress Angelina JolieActress Angelina Jolie (2000) 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
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 111

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
1951 - Leo Diegel, American golfer, dies of throat and lung cancer at 52
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)

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