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1969Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)

1877Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.

1646King Charles I surrenders at Scotland

1945World 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.

1992Country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection

1925Ty Cobb goes 6 for 6, (16 total bases)

1834Charles Darwin's expedition begins at Rio Santa Cruz

1891Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in NY, Tchaikovsky as guest conductor

1944Gandhi freed from prison

1494On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica

1978Cin Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits

1904Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Phila A's (3-0)

1991Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic

1966Willie Mays hit his 512th HR

199934th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins

1930Bradman scores 185* Aust v Leicestershire, 317 mins, 16 fours

May 5th Historical Events
Date Event
553
2nd Council of Constantinople (5th ecumenical council) opens 
1260
Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire. 
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) 
1789
French Estates-General meets for the first time since 1614 at Versailles, summoned King Louis XVI 
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 
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. 
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) 
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
First modern perfume Chanel No. 5 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 
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) 
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 
1954
Military coup by general Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay 
1955
"Damn Yankees" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1022 performances 
1955
Indian parliament accept Hindu divorce 
1955
US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site 
1955
West Germany granted full sovereignty by 3 occupying powers 
1956
82nd Kentucky Derby: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:03.4 
1956
Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude 
1956
Jim Bailey (US) runs mile a record 3:58.6 in LA Calif 
1956
World championships of judo are 1st held, in Tokyo 
1957
Adolf Scharf elected president of Austria 
1957
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open 
1958
KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1958
Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for (Death in the Family) 
1958
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
1961
Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7) 
1962
88th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Decidedly wins in 2:00.4 
1962
LA Angel Bo Belinsky no-hits Balt Orioles, 2-0 
1962
West Side Story soundtrack album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album 
1963
Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open 
1964
Separatists riot in Quebec 
1965
1st large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam 
1966
Borussia Dortmund wins 6th Europe Cup II 
1966
Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2 
1966
Willie Mays hit his 512th HR 
1968
Carol Mann wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational 
1969
23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3 
1969
Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night) 
1970
US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site 
1971
"Earl of Ruston" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 5 performances 
1971
Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC) 
1972
Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115 
1973
99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4 
1974
Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic 
1975
Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Shaara (Killer Angels) 
1975
A's release pinch runner Herb Washington (played 104 games without batting, pitching, or fielding He stole 30 bases, & scored 33 runs) 
1976
Anderlecht wins 16th soccer Europe Cup II 
1976
Train collision at Schiedam Neth, kills 24 
1978
Cin Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits 
1979
105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4 
1979
Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting 
1979
Voyager 1 passes Jupiter 
1980
Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends; British SAS & police storm the building 
1980
Constantine Karamanlis is elected for the first time President of Greece. 
1981
16th & final Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 4-1, hold 8-7-1 edge 
1983
Bruins 5-Isles 1-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 3-2 lead 
1983
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1984
110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4 
1985
Amy Alcott wins LPGA Moss Creek Women's Golf Invitational 
1986
Hall of Fame & Museum announced to be built in Cleveland 
1987
Congress begins Iran-Contra hearings 
1987
Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East 
1987
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
1988
Eugene A Marino installed as 1st black US archbishop 
1989
Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany NY 
1990
116th Kentucky Derby: Craig Perret aboard Unbridled wins in 2:02 
1990
ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Chris Warren 
1991
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic 
1991
A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after a Salvadoran man is shot by police. 
1992
Country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection 
1994
"Sally Marrand Her Escorts" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 perfs 
1994
Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections 
1994
North-Yemen air force bombs Aden South Yemen 
1995
Last basketball game at Boston Gardens (Magic beats Celtics) 
1996
"Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore" closes at Belasco after 12 perfs 
1996
Karrie Webb wins LPGA Sprint Titleholders Golf Championship 
1996
Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe 
1997
"Married With Children" final episode on Fox TV 
1997
Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful 
1999
34th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins 
2000
Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Moon 
2001
127th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Chavez aboard Monarchos wins in 1:59.97 
2005
The United Kingdom general election takes place, in which Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third consecutive term. 
2006
The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army 
2007
Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon. 
2007
133rd Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Street Sense wins in 2:02.17 
2012
17 people are killed and 47 missing after a flash flood in Nepal 
2012
Japan shuts down its nuclear reactors leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970 
2012
138th Kentucky Derby: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 2:01.83 
2013
10 people are killed in a church attack in Njilan, Nigeria 
2013
5 people are killed after a limousine catches fire in Hayward, California 
2016
Nyquist Draws No. 13 Post as Early 3-1 Kentucky Derby Fav 
2016
China and Russia to hold anti-missile drill after US, South Korea talk defense 
2016
Epic wildfire threatens to engulf Canadian city as 88000 flee 
2016
Trump signals willingness to raise US minimum wage 
2016
North Carolina transgender law violates civil rights law: US 
2016
Takata to recall 40 million more airbags in US 
2017
US House repeals Obamacare; bill faces higher hurdles in Senate 
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