is the 125th day of the year (126th in May 5 leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 240 days remaining until the end of the year.
553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins.
1260 - Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
1494 - Christopher Columbus discovers the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
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 - Russia and Prussia sign the Treaty of St. Petersburg.
1789 - In France, the Estates-General convenes for the first time in 150 years.
1809 - Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
1809 - The Swiss canton of Aargau denies citizenship to Jews.
1835 - In Belgium, the first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
1862 - Cinco de Mayo in Mexico: Troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla.
1864 - American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County.
1865 - In North Bend (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.
1886 - The Bay View Tragedy occurs, militia fire upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee killing seven.
1891 - The Music Hall in New York (now known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
1893 - Panic of 1893: Crash on the New York Stock Exchange starts a depression.
1902 - Commonwealth Public Service Act creates Australian Public Service.
1904 - Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans threw the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.
1916 - American marines invade the Dominican Republic.
1925 - Scopes Trial: John T. Scopes is served an arrest warrant for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
1925 - Afrikaans established as an official language in South Africa.
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, Ethiopia; this date has been since commemorated as Liberation Day.
1944 - Mohandas Gandhi is freed from prison.
1945 - World War II: German troops in the Netherlands and Denmark capitulate to Canadian and British forces, liberating these countries from Nazi occupation.
1945 - World War II: Prague uprising against the Nazis.
1945 - World War II: Mauthausen concentration camp is 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.
1949 - The Council of Europe in Strasbourg is founded through the Treaty of London as the first European institution working for European integration. Since 1964, May 5 has been designated Europe Day by the Council of Europe and is celebrated since then to commemorate its founding on 5 May 1949.
1950 - Bhumibol Adulyadej is crowned as King Rama IX of Thailand.
1954 - A coup d'état carries General Alfredo Stroessner to power in Paraguay.
1955 - West Germany gains full sovereignty.
1961 - Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes.
1964 - 5 May is declared Europe Day on the 25th anniversary of the Council of Europe.
1980 - Operation Nimrod: The Special Air Service storm the Iranian embassy in London after a six day siege.
1980 - Constantine Karamanlis is elected for the first time President of Greece.
1987 - Iran-Contra affair: Start of Congressional televised hearings.
1991 - A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington after a Salvadoran man is shot by police.
1992 - The 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified.
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 signed an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA).
2007 - Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon.
2007 - Republic Protests in Turkey
867 - Uda, Emperor of Japan (d. 931)
1210 - King Afonso III of Portugal (d. 1279)
1479 - Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru (d. 1574)
1546 - Thomas Cecil, English politician (d. 1623)
1747 - Leopold II (d. 1792)
1764 - Robert Craufurd, British general (d. 1812)
1800 - Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (d. 1864)
1813 - Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (d. 1855)
1818 - Karl Marx, German political philosopher (d. 1883)
1826 - Empress Eugenie of France, wife of Napoleon III (d. 1920)
1830 - John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer (d. 1906)
1832 - H.H. Bancroft, American historian and publisher (d. 1918)
1833 - Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer (d. 1905)
1834 - Viktor Hartmann, Russian architect and painter (d. 1873)
1846 - Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1916)
1865 - Nellie Bly, American journalist and writer (d. 1922)
1866 - Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (d. 1938)
1869 - Hans Pfitzner, Russian-born composer (d. 1949)
1883 - Archibald Wavell, British general (d. 1950)
1887 - Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1972)
1890 - Christopher Morley, American writer (d. 1957)
1899 - Freeman Gosden, American radio comedian (Amos- Amos 'n' Andy) (d. 1982)
1901 - Blind Willie McTell, American singer (d. 1959)
1903 - James Beard, American chef and cookbook writer (d. 1985)
1908 - Kurt Böhme, German bass (d. 1989)
1914 - Tyrone Power, American actor (d. 1958)
1915 - Alice Faye, American actress (d. 1998)
1916 - Zail Singh, President of India (d. 1994)
1919 - Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (d. 1999)
1921 - Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
1923 - Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (d. 2003)
1925 - Leo Ryan, United States Congressman (d. 1978)
1926 - Ann B. Davis, American actress
1931 - Greg, Belgian comic-book writer ( Achille Talon) (d, 1999)
1935 - Douglas Marland, American television writer (d. 1993)
1935 - Bernard Pivot, French journalist and television host
1935 - Robert Rehme, American film producer
1936 - Patrick Gowers, British composer
1937 - Johnnie Taylor, American singer (d. 2000)
1939 - Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams
1940 - Lance Henriksen, American actor and painter
1940 - Michael Lindsay-Hogg, American film director
1941 - Alexander Ragulin, Russian hockey player (d. 2004)
1942 - Marc Alaimo, American actor
1942 - Tammy Wynette, American musician (d. 1998)
1943 - Michael Palin, British writer, actor, and comedian
1944 - John Rhys-Davies, Welsh actor
1944 - Bo Larsson, Swedish soccer player
1944 - Jean-Pierre Léaud, French actor
1945 - Raphael Martos, Spanish singer
1945 - Kurt Loder, Entertainment reporter
1948 - Bill Ward, British drummer ( Black Sabbath)
1950 - Mary Hopkin, Welsh singer
1952 - Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (d. 2005)
1954 - Dave Spector, American television personality and commentator
1955 - Melinda Culea, American actress
1956 - Robert Marien, Quebec actor, singer and songwriter
1957 - Richard E. Grant, British actor
1957 - Peter Howitt, British actor and film director
1958 - Ron Arad, Israeli aircraft navigator missing in action.
1959 - Ian McCulloch, English singer of Echo & the Bunnymen
1959 - Brian Phelps, American disk jockey and actor
1959 - Brian Williams, American news anchor
1961 - Hiroshi Hase, Japanese professional wrestler and politician
1962 - Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter
1963 - Heidi Kozak, American actress
1963 - James LaBrie, Canadian singer ( Dream Theater)
1965 - Glenn Seton, Australian racing driver
1966 - Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer ( Megadeth)
1967 - Takehito Koyasu, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
1970 - Kyan Douglas, American TV-personality
1970 - Juan Acevedo, baseball player
1970 - Will Arnett, Canadian-American actor
1970 - Soheil Ayari, French racer
1971 - Mike Redmond, baseball player in the United States
1971 - David Reilly, American singer ( God Lives Underwater) (d. 2005)
1972 - Devin Townsend, Canadian musician ( Strapping Young Lad)
1972 - Mike Dirnt, American musician ( Green Day)
1972 - James Cracknell, British rowing champion, double Olympic gold medalist
1973 - Muhsin Muhammad, American football player
1974 - Seiji Ara, Japanese racing driver
1976 - Juan Pablo Sorín, Argentine footballer
1976 - Anastasios Pantos, Greek footballer
1977 - Choi Kang-hee, South Korean actress
1978 - Santiago Cabrera, Chilean actor
1979 - Vincent Kartheiser, American actor
1981 - Craig David, British singer
1981 - Danielle Fishel, American actress
1981 - Marcelle Bittar, Brazilian supermodel
1981 - Chris Duncan, baseball player
1982 - Jay Bothroyd, English footballer
1982 - Edyta Sliwinska, Polish ballroom dancer
1983 - Henry Cavill, English actor
1983 - Scott Ware, American footballer
1984 - Wade MacNeil, Canadian guitarist ( Alexisonfire)
1985 - P. J. Tucker, American basketball player
1985 - Shōko Nakagawa, Japanese actress, illustrator and singer
1987 - Marija Šestić, Bosnian singer
1988 - Jessica Dubroff, American aviator (d. 1996)
1988 - Brooke Hogan, American singer
1988 - Skye Sweetnam, Canadian singer and songwriter
1989 - Chris Brown, American singer
200 - Sun Ce, warlord of the Han Dynasty (b. 175)
311 - Galerius, Roman Emperor
984 - Gerberga of Saxony, Queen of Western Francia
1028 - King Alfonso V of Castile, León, and Galicia
1194 - King Casimir II of Poland (b. 1138)
1219 - King Leo II of Armenia (b. 1150)
1309 - King Charles II of Naples
1525 - Frederick III of Saxony (b. 1463)
1586 - Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529)
1604 - Claudio Merulo, Italian composer (b. 1533)
1671 - Edward Montagu, English politician (b. 1602)
1672 - Samuel Cooper, English painter (b. 1609)
1705 - Leopold I (b. 1640)
1760 - Laurence Shirley, English murderer (hanged) (b. 1720)
1766 - Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
1808 - Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (b. 1757)
1811 - Robert Mylne, Scottish architect (b. 1734)
1821 - Napoleon I of France (b. 1769)
1827 - Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (b. 1750)
1855 - Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (b. 1786)
1859 - Peter Gustav Dirichlet, German mathematician (b. 1805)
1892 - August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
1896 - Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)
1900 - Ivan Aivazovsky, Russian painter (b. 1817)
1921 - Alfred Hermann Fried, Austrian writer and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1864)
1931 - Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)
1941 - Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)
1942 - Qemal Stafa, Albanian politician (b. 1920)
1947 - Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
1959 - Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1878)
1962 - Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
1971 - Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
1977 - Ludwig Erhard, German politician ( CDU) and Chancellor of Germany from 1963 until 1966 (b. 1897)
1981 - Bobby Sands, Irish activist (b. 1954)
1983 - Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (b. 1901)
1985 - Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
1988 - Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
1992 - Jean-Claude Pascal, French singer (b. 1927)
1995 - Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player, grandmaster and world champion (b. 1911)
1997 - Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
2000 - Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (b. 1914)
2001 - Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher
2001 - Raymond Kessler, American midget wrestler
2002 - George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
2002 - Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)
2003 - Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)
2004 - Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (b. 1959)
2006 - Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919)
2007 - Theodore Harold Maiman, Inventor (b. 1927)
Holidays and observances Edit
Roman Catholic Church:
Orthodox Christian saints:
Adrian of Monzensk
Great Martyr Irene
Martyrs Neophytos, Gaius and Gaianus
Euthymios the Wonderworker
Barlaam of Serpukhov
Martin and Heraclius of Illyria
Eulogios the Confessor
New Martyr Ephraim of Nea Makri
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