Famous birthdays, deaths and events of May 5
1479 - Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru (d. 1574) 1800 - Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (d. 1864) 1830 - John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer (d. 1906) 1846 - Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author 1869 - Hans Pfitzner, Russian-born composer (d. 1949) 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) 1919 - Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (d. 1999) 1925 - Leo Ryan, United States Congressman (d. 1978) 1926 - Ann B. Davis, American actress 1927 - Pat Carroll, American actress 1931 - Greg, Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon) (d 1934 - Ace Cannon, American saxophonist 1935 - Douglas Marland, American television writer (d. 1993) 1935 - Robert Rehme, American film producer 1936 - Patrick Gowers, British composer 1937 - Johnnie Taylor, American singer (d. 2000) 1938 - Michael Murphy, American actor 1939 - Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams 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 1943 - Raphael, Spanish singer 1944 - Bo Larsson, Swedish footballer 1944 - Jean-Pierre Léaud, French actor 1944 - John Rhys-Davies, Welsh actor 1945 - Kurt Loder, Entertainment reporter 1948 - Bill Ward, British drummer (Black Sabbath) 1950 - Googoosh, Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین) 1950 - Mary Hopkin, Welsh singer 1952 - Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (d. 2005) 1955 - Melinda Culea, American actress 1956 - Robert Marien, Quebec actor 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 1962 - Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter 1963 - Simon Rimmer, English chef 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) 1967 - Maro Mavri, Greek fashion model and actress 1970 - Kyan Douglas, American TV-personality 1970 - Juan Acevedo, baseball player 1970 - LaPhonso Ellis, American basketball player 1970 - Will Arnett, Canadian-American actor 1970 - Soheil Ayari, French racer 1971 - Mike Redmond, American baseball player 1971 - Harold Miner, American basketball player 1971 - David Reilly, American singer (God Lives Underwater) (d. 2005) 1972 - James Cracknell, British rowing champion 1972 - Devin Townsend, Canadian musician (Strapping Young Lad) 1972 - Brad Bombardir, Canadian ice hockey player 1973 - Tina Yothers, American actress 1974 - Seiji Ara, Japanese racing driver 1976 - Juan Pablo Sorín, Argentine footballer 1976 - Jeremy Michael Ward, American Musician.(d. May 25th 1976 - Anastasios Pantos, Greek footballer 1977 - Choi Kang-hee, South Korean actress 1978 - Santiago Cabrera, Chilean actor 1978 - Bruno Cheyrou, French footballer 1978 - Morgan Pehme, American filmmaker and writer 1979 - Vincent Kartheiser, American actor 1980 - DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player 1980 - Yossi Benayoun, Israeli Footballer 1981 - Danielle Fishel, American actress 1981 - Marcelle Bittar, Brazilian supermodel 1981 - Chris Duncan, baseball player 1981 - Craig David, English singer 1982 - Jay Bothroyd, English footballer 1982 - Wouter D'Haene, Belgian flatwater canoer 1982 - Randall Gay, National Football League player 1982 - Edyta Sliwinska, Polish ballroom dancer 1982 - Dieter Brummer, Australian TV Actor 1983 - Henry Cavill, English actor 1983 - Scott Ware, American footballer 1984 - Wade MacNeil, Canadian guitarist (Alexisonfire) 1984 - Eve Torres, American dancer and model 1985 - P. J. Tucker, American basketball player 1985 - Shoko Nakagawa, Japanese actress 1985 - Terrence Wheatley, American Football player 1987 - Marija Šestić, Bosnian singer 1988 - Brooke Hogan, American singer 1988 - Skye Sweetnam, Canadian singer and songwriter 1988 - Adele, English singer 1989 - Chris Brown, American singer
200 - Sun Ce, warlord of the Han Dynasty (b. 175) 984 - Gerberga of Saxony, Queen of Western Francia 1525 - Frederick III of Saxony, (b. 1463) 1586 - Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529) 1604 - Claudio Merulo, Italian composer (b. 1533) 1760 - Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers 1808 - Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (b. 1757) 1821 - Napoleon I of France, (b. 1769) 1827 - Frederick Augustus I of Saxony, (b. 1750) 1855 - Sir Robert Inglis, Bt 1921 - Alfred Hermann Fried, Austrian writer and pacifist 1941 - Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859) 1945 - Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (b. 1926) 1947 - Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917) 1962 - Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889) 1988 - Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928) 1992 - Jean-Claude Pascal, French singer (b.1927) 1995 - Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player 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 - Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926) 2002 - George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916) 2004 - Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (b. 1959) 2006 - Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919) 2007 - Theodore Harold Maiman, Inventor 2009 - Elsie B. Washington, 66, American author, wrote first African American romance novel, multiple sclerosis and cancer. 2009 - María Ibarra Martín, 76, Cuban biologist. 2009 - Benjamin Flores, 24, Mexican boxer, brain injury during a match. 2009 - Manuel Capetillo Villaseñor, 83, Mexican torero and actor, respiratory arrest. 2010 - Giulietta Simionato, Italian opera singer (born 1910)
553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins. 1215 - Rebel Barons renounce their allegiance to King John of England. This was part of a chain of events leading to the Magna Carta signing. 1260 - Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire. 1494 - Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain. 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, Virginia. 1865 - In North Bend, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio), 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, as militia fire upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killing seven. 1891 - The Music Hall in New York City (now known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor. 1904 - Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball. 1916 - American marines invade the Dominican Republic. 1920 - Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are arrested, accused of robbery and murder. 1921 - Chanel No. 5 is released. 1925 - Scopes Trial: John T. Scopes is served an arrest warrant for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act. 1925 - Afrikaans is 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. 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: The 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 May 5, 1949. 1950 - Bhumibol Adulyadej is crowned as King Rama IX of Thailand. 1955 - West Germany gains full sovereignty. 1961 - The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes. 1964 - May 5 is declared Europe Day on the 15th 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, D.C. 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 signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). 2007 - Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon. 2009 - A military revolt occurs in Georgia, near the capital, Tbilisi.