May 5 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1260 Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire

1941 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa

1955 West Germany is granted full sovereignty by its three occupying powers

1965 First large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam

1980 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends as the SAS and police storm the building

1981 After 66 days on hunger strike, 26 year old Provisional IRA member and British MP Bobby Sands dies in the Maze Prision. Nine more hunger strikers die in the next 3 months.

Today’s Historical Events

553 Second Council of Constantinople (5th ecumenical council) opens

1260 Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis 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, landing at Discovery Bay

1640 English Short Parliament rises

1646 King Charles I surrenders in Scotland

1665 Nicolaas Witsen visits patriarch Nikon in Moscow

1762 Russia & Prussia sign Treaty of Saint Petersburg ending the Seven Years’ War

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1949 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, California (ABC) begins broadcasting

1952 “Lucy Does a TV Commercial” (also known as “Vitameatavegamin”) episode of “I Love Lucy” premieres, garnering 68% of US television viewers

1958 KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting

1962 “West Side Story” soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album

1996 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe

1997 “Married With Children” final episode on Fox TV

1999 34th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth BrooksFaith Hill & Tim McGraw win

2018 Childish Gambino [Donald Glover] releases the music video to new single “This is America” to wide acclaim

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1726 Marie de Camargo (16) premieres at Opera of Paris

1891 Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky is guest conductor

1900 “The Billboard” began weekly publication

1927 Dmitri Shostakovich‘s 1st Symphony premieres in Berlin

1951 “Out of This World” closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 performances

1955 “Damn Yankees” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1022 performances

1967 The Kinks release “Waterloo Sunset” as a single; peaks at #2 on the British charts

1971 Courtney, Courtney, and Link’s musical “Earl of Ruston” opens at Billy Rose Theater, NYC, runs for 5 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1863 Irish boxer Joe Coburn KOs American Mike McCoole in the 67th round in his first defence of Heavyweight C’ship of America in Charlestown, Maryland

1904 Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in “modern” baseball as the Boston Americans beat Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0

1908 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens aboard 66-1 chance Stone Street wins in muddy track conditions; 2:15.20 slowest Derby in history

1917 St Louis Browns pitcher Ernie Koob no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0 at Sportsman’s Park III

1922 After sharing the Polo Grounds with the New York Giants for 10 years construction begins on Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NYC

1925 Detroit center fielder Ty Cobb goes 6 for 6 with 4 runs, 5 RBI and 16 TBs in Tigers’ 14-8 win over the Browns at Sportsman’s Park III, St. Louis

1925 Yankee Everett Scott is benched, ending his 1,307-game playing streak

1930 Australian cricket batting prodigy Don Bradman scores an unbeaten 185 in a tour match for Australia v Leicestershire at Aylestone Road, Leicester

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