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Interesting historical events that occurred on May 5…

May 5, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012.  240 days left in 2012.  Here’s what happened today in history…

1494 – Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.

the gun wire


1809 – Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.

1821 – Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.

1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

1865 – In North Bend, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio), the first train robbery in the United States takes place.

1866 – Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.

1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.

1904 – Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue GroundsCy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.

1934 – The first Three Stooges short, Woman Haters, is released.

1987 – Iran-Contra affair: start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America

1991 – A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.

1994 – American teenager Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism, a punishment that many in the United States deemed to be excessive for a teenager committing a non-violent crime. However, significant numbers of Americans were also in favor of it.


1818 – Karl Marx, German political philosopher (d. 1883)

1959 – Brian Williams, American news anchor


1821 – Napoleon Bonaparte (b. 1769)




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