5 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King Rupert Germany, 1352
  • Emperor Leopold II, 1747
  • Søren Kierkegaard, 1813
  • Karl Marx, 1818
  • Nellie Bly, 1867
  • Christopher Morley, 1890
  • James Beard, 1903
  • Tyrone Power, 1914
  • Alice Faye, 1915
  • Tammy Wynette, 1942
  • Michael Palin, 1943
  • Roger Rees, 1944
  • Annette Bening, 1959
  • Tina Yothers, 1973
  • Adele (Laurie Blue Adkins), 1988

Died On This Day:

  • Emperor Leopold I, 1705
  • Napoleon Bonaparte, 1821
  • Bret Harte, 1902
  • Rene Lalique, 1945
  • Eliot Ness, 1957
  • James Branch Cabell, 1958
  • Ludwig Erhard, 1977
  • Bobby Sands (Hunger Strike), 1981
  • George Rose, 1988
  • Mikhail Botvinnik, 1995
  • Dana Wynter, 2011

Today's Events:

  • 1847 - American Medical Association founded in Philly.
  • 1860 - Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Thousand Redshirts sail for Sicily.
  • 1862 - French forces of Napoleon III defeated by Mexican troops outnumbered 3-1.
  • 1864 - Ulysses S. Grant holds ground against General Lee in First Battle of the Wilderness, VA.
  • 1864 - General William Tecumseh Sherman starts march through Georgia.
  • 1865 - First train robbery in the USA carried out near North Bend Ohio; derailed train robbed by looters.
  • 1891 - Carnegie Hall, (called The Music Hall) opens; first concert performed under conductor Tchaikovsky.
  • 1893 - Wall Street Stocks plunge triggering crash of '93; 600 banks to close within one year.
  • 1895 - New York World newspaper publishes first comic strip "Down Hogan's Alley."
  • 1904 - Cy Young of Boston Americans pitches first perfect major league baseball game against Philadelphia.
  • 1912 - Communist party newspaper Pravda, founded by Lenin, first published.
  • 1925 - Biology teacher John Scopes arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
  • 1930 - Amy Johnson begins first solo flight by a woman from U.K. to Australia in the Gypsy Moth 'Jason.'
  • 1936 - Italian troops capture Addis Ababa.
  • 1955 - Federal Republic of Germany becomes a sovereign independent country.
  • 1955 - 'Damn Yankees' musical comedy starts 1,019 performance run in New York.
  • 1961 - Alan B. Shepard becomes first American into space when he is launched from Cape Canaveral.
  • 2000 - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and our Sun and moon line up on one side of the earth.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Jutta
  • Pius V
  • Angelo
  • Avertinus
  • Hilary of Galeata
  • John Haile
  • Mauruntius
  • Hilary of Arles

Holiday:

  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Children's Day in Korea and Japan
  • Liberation Day in Netherlands
  • Feast of Flags (Japan)
  • Tango-No-Sekku (Boys' Festival) in Japan
  • Day of Ananda-Chief deciple of Buddha

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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