History of 5 May

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History of 5 May

1901 – The first Catholic mass for night workers was held at the Church of St. Andrew in New York City.

1904 – The third perfect game of the major leagues was thrown by Cy Young (Boston Red Sox) against the Philadelphia Athletics. It was the first perfect game under modern rules.

1912 – Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda began publishing.

1916 – U.S. Marines invaded the Dominican Republic.

1917 – Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes the first African-American aviator when he earned his flying certificate with the French Air Service.

1925 – John T. Scopes, a biology teacher in Dayton, TN, was arrested for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution.

1926 – Eisenstein’s film “Battleship Potemkin” was shown in Germany for the first time.

1926 – Sinclair Lewis refused a 1925 Pulitzer for “Arrowsmith.”

1936 – Edward Ravenscroft received a patent for the screw-on bottle cap with a pouring lip.

1945 – The Netherlands and Denmark were liberated from Nazi control.

1945 – A Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon. A pregnant woman and five children were killed.

1955 – “Damn Yankees” opened on Broadway.

1955 – The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) became a sovereign state.

1956 – Jim Bailey became the first runner to break the four-minute mile in the U.S. He was clocked at 3:58.5.

1961 – Alan Shepard became the first American in space when he made a 15-minute suborbital flight.

1966 – Willie Mays broke the National League record for home runs when he hit his 512th.

1978 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds registered his 3,000th major league hit.

1984 – The Itaipu Dam opened on the Paraná River between Brazil and Paraguay.

1987 – The U.S. congressional Iran-Contra hearings opened.

1991 – In New York, Carnegie Hall marked its 100th anniversary.

1997 – Dolores Hope received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 – Ivan Reitman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2000 – The final episode of “Boy Meets World” aired on ABC.

2006 – The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.

2010 – Mass protests in Greece erupt in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek government-debt crisis.

2014 – Eleven people are missing after a Chinese cargo ship collides with a Marshall Islands-registered container ship off the coast of Hong Kong.

2014 – Twenty-two people die after two boats carrying refugees collide in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece.

2019 – A Russian plane jet burst into flames while attempting an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow killing at least 41 people.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Craig David, English singer-songwriter, musician and producer
  • 1981 – Danielle Fishel, American actress
  • 1982 – Ferrie Bodde, Dutch footballer
  • 1982 – Wouter D’Haene, Belgian sprinter
  • 1982 – Randall Gay, American football player
  • 1982 – Corey Parker, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1983 – James Anyon, English cricketer
  • 1983 – Henry Cavill, English actor
  • 1983 – Mabel Gay, Cuban triple jumper
  • 1983 – Annie Villeneuve, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • 1983 – Scott Ware, American football player
  • 1984 – Johanna Hedva, Korean-American artist and genderqueer activist
  • 1984 – Wade MacNeil, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1984 – Christian Valdez, Mexican footballer
  • 1985 – Shoko Nakagawa, Japanese actress, and singer
  • 1985 – Emanuele Giaccherini, Italian footballer
  • 1985 – Tsepo Masilela, South African footballer
  • 1985 – Marcos Rogério Oliveira Duarte, Brazilian footballer
  • 1985 – Terrence Wheatley, American football player
  • 1987 – Graham Dorrans, Scottish footballer
  • 1988 – Adele, English singer-songwriter
  • 1988 – Mervyn Westfield, English cricketer
  • 1989 – Chris Brown, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor
  • 1991 – Xenofon Fetsis, Greek footballer
  • 1991 – Raúl Jiménez, Mexican footballer
  • 1992 – Loïck Landre, French footballer
  • 1998 – Aryna Sabalenka, a Belarusian tennis player
  • 1999 – Nathan Chen, American figure skater
  • 1999 – Justin Kluivert, Dutch footballer

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