May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (126th in leap years). There are 240 days remaining.
There are usually 92 days in Spring. We are considered halfway through Spring on May 5.
- 1640 - King Charles I of England disbands the Short Parliament.
- 1646 - King Charles I of England and Scotland surrenders to the Scottish Presbyterian Army at Newark.
- 1762 - Peace treaty between Russia and Prussia.
- 1789 - In France, the Estates-General convenes for the first time in 150 years.
- 1809 - Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a US patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
- 1809 - The Swiss canton of Aargau denies citizenship to Jews .
- 1814 - British-American War (War of 1812): The British attack Fort Ontario at Oswego, New York.
- 1835 - In Belgium, the first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
- 1862 - French-Mexican War : The Mexican army defeats the French army in the Battle of Puebla (on May 9 this day was made into the Cinco de mayo holiday).
- 1864 - American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
- 1865 - In North Bend, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati), the first train robbery in the United States takes place.
- 1877 - Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
- 1891 - The Music Hall in New York (now known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
- 1892 - The U.S. Congress passes the Geary Chinese Exclusion Act: All Chinese in the United States must register or risk deportation.
- 1893 - Panic of 1893: Crash on the New York Stock Exchange starts a depression.
- 1912 - The 1912 Summer Olympics open in Stockholm, Sweden.
- 1916 - American marines invade the Dominican Republic.
- 1922 - In The Bronx, construction begins on Yankee Stadium.
- 1925 - Scopes Trial: Dayton, Tennessee biology teacher John Scopes is arrested for teaching Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
- 1936 - Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- 1940 - World War II: In London, a Norwegian government in exile is formed.
- 1941 - Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa.
- 1943 - The film curator of the Library of Congress, Howard Walls , announces that about 5,000 films will be preserved in the library.
- 1944 - Mohandas Gandhi is freed from prison.
- 1945 - World War II:
- 1949 - The Council of Europe is formed.
- 1950 - Bhumibol Adulyadej is crowned as King Rama IX of Thailand.
- 1954 - General Alfredo Stroessner takes power in Paraguay by coup.
- 1955 - West Germany gains full sovereignty.
- 1961 - Mercury program: Mercury 3 - Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes.
- 1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds hits his 3000th major league hit.
- 1980 - Operation Nimrod: The Special Air Service storm the Iranian embassy in London after a six day siege.
- 1984 - In Luxembourg, Herreys win the twenty-ninth Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden singing "Diggi-loo, diggi-ley".
- 1986 - The TV series The Love Boat airs its last episode.
- 1987 - Iran-Contra affair: Start of Congressional televised hearings.
- 1990 - Capital punishment: Jesse Tafero is executed in Florida after three electric chair malfunctions cause flames to shoot from his head.
- 1990 - In Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia), Toto Cutugno wins the thirty-fifth Eurovision Song Contest for Italy singing "Insieme: 1992" (Together: 1992).
- 1992 - The Twenty-seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution receives its 38th ratification by the Alabama Legislature and therefore becomes law.
- 1992 - Wolfenstein 3D is released, the first-ever first-person shooter computer game.
- 1993 - Actor Keanu Reeves is arrested for the charge of drunk driving in Los Angeles, California.
- 1994 - American Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore as punishment for spray-painting two cars.
- 1995 - British film producer Ray Santilli unveils his "alien autopsy" footage to a group of UFO researchers. The film is widely regarded as a hoax.
- 2000 - Conjunction of all traditional planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Moon and Sun).
- 2001 - Chandra Levy's parents report her missing to Washington, DC police.
- 2002 - The first "Free Comic Book Day" promotional event to promote popular interest in the medium in North America; timed to coincide with the premiere of the film, Spider-Man.
- 2005 - General Election in Britain to be held. (BBC News)
- 1210 - King Afonso III of Portugal (d. 1279)
- 1747 - Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1792)
- 1813 - S°ren Kierkegaard, philosopher (d. 1855)
- 1818 - Karl Marx, political philosopher (d. 1883)
- 1826 - Empress Eugenie of France, empress as wife of Napoleon III (d. 1920)
- 1832 - H.H. Bancroft , historian and publisher
- 1833 - Ferdinand von Richthofen, geographer (d. 1905)
- 1846 - Henryk Sienkiewicz, author, recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature 1905 (d. 1916)
- 1865 - Elizabeth Jane Cochran ("Nellie Bly"), journalist, writer (d. 1922)
- 1869 - Hans Pfitzner, composer (d. 1949)
- 1887 - Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1972)
- 1883 - Archibald Wavell, World War II general (d. 1950)
- 1890 - Christopher Morley, writer (d. 1957)
- 1901 - Blind Willie McTell, blues singer (d. 1959)
- 1903 - James Beard, chef, cookbook writer (d. 1985)
- 1908 - Kurt B÷hme, German bass (d. 1989)
- 1914 - Tyrone Power, actor (d. 1958)
- 1915 - Alice Faye, actress (d. 1998)
- 1926 - Ann B. Davis, actress, The Brady Bunch
- 1935 - Douglas Marland, soap opera writer (As the World Turns) (d. 1993)
- 1940 - Michael Lindsay-Hogg , director
- 1941 - Alexander Ragulin, ice hockey player (d. 2004)
- 1943 - Michael Palin, British writer, actor and comedian ("Monty Python")
- 1944 - Roger Rees, actor
- 1944 - John Rhys-Davies, actor
- 1957 - Richard E. Grant, actor
- 1987 - Raimundo J. Barros Navarrete , film director
- 1989 - Robert Lucas Christian , Famous Architect
- 1028 - Alfonso V, king of Leˇn and Galicia
- 1192 - Duke Ottokar IV of Styria, last independent ruler of Styria, which is henceforth under common rule with Austria
- 1194 - King Casimir II of Poland (b. 1138)
- 1309 - King Charles II of Naples, king of Naples (b. c. 1248)
- 1525 - Frederick III of Saxony (b. 1463)
- 1705 - Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1640)
- 1766 - Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
- 1807 - P. D. Q. Bach, fictitious composer (b. 1742)
- 1811 - Robert Mylne, architect (b. 1734)
- 1821 - Napoleon Bonaparte, ruler of France (1799-1815) (b. 1769)
- 1827 - Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (b. 1750)
- 1855 - Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (b. 1786)
- 1859 - Peter Dirichlet , mathematician
- 1981 - Bobby Sands, Provisional IRA activist (b. 1954)
- 1985 - Sir Donald Bailey, civil engineer invented the Bailey Bridge (b. 1901)
- 1988 - Michael Shaara, author (b. 1928)
- 1995 - Mikhail Botvinnik, world chess champion (b. 1911)
- 1992 - Jean-Claude Pascal, French singer, Eurovision Song Contest winner (b.1927)
- 1997 - Walter Gotell, actor (b. 1924)
- 2001 - Cliff Hillegass , creator of Cliffs Notes
- 2003 - Walter Sisulu, anti-apartheid activist (b. 1912)
- 2004 - Catherine Craig , Methane Overdose
Holidays and observances
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