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5 May

1260 – Mongol Empire – Kublai Khan became ruler. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kublai_Khan

1494 – Jamaica – Christopher Columbus landed, claimed it for Spain. http://jis.gov.jm/information/jamaican-history/

1640 – England – Charles I dissolved the Short Parliament. http://bcw-project.org/church-and-state/crisis-in-scotland/short-parliament

1762 – Russia/Prussia – Signed the Treaty of St. Petersburg. http://www.prlib.ru/en-us/History/Pages/Item.aspx?itemid=1032

1789 – France – First French Revolution began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Revolution

1809 – USA – Mary Kies became first woman to apply for a patent. http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blkeis.htm

1811 – Spain – Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro ended (Peninsular War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fuentes_de_O%C3%B1oro

1835 – Belgium – Railway between Brussels and Mechelen opened. http://toerisme.mechelen.be/en/content/9589/mechelen-breekt-open.html

1862 – Mexico – Battle of Puebla (French Intervention in Mexico). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Puebla

1864 – USA – Battle of the Wilderness began (American Civil War). http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/the-wilderness.html

1865 – USA – Train robbery at North Bend, Ohio. http://www.northbendohio.org/NorthBendGreatTrainRobbery.html

1866 – USA – First Memorial Day celebrated. https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp

1886 – USA – Bay View Massacre, 7 killed. http://www.examiner.com/article/the-bay-view-massacre-of-1886


1891 – USA – The Music Hall (Carnegie Hall), New York, opened. https://youtu.be/wVcqOWiyqgc http://www.carnegiehall.org/History/Timeline/Timeline.aspx?id=4294968416

1905 – UK – Stratton Brothers trial began, first use of finger print evidence used to gain conviction in a murder case. http://www.murdermap.co.uk/pages/cases/case.asp?CID=275631645

1912 – Sweden – V Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Stockholm. https://youtu.be/CvN6DD8fMJ4 http://www.olympic.org/stockholm-1912-summer-olympics

1912 – Russia – Pravda first officially published. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pravda


1925 – South Africa – Afrikaans declared an official language. https://youtu.be/79BaPBgtp_A?list=PLgtZotIPJgdj09mzjeLa-5rz7vYU3EJ9s


1930 – UK – Amy Johnson started solo flight to Australia from Croydon. http://youtu.be/QZRg6bPJ8jE  http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/onlinestuff/stories/amy_johnson.aspx
1936 – Ethiopia – Italian troops occupied Addis Ababa.

1942 – Germany – RAF bombers attacked Stuttgart (WWII). http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55/Bombing-of-Hamburg-Dresden-and-Other-Cities-World-War-II-Database

1943 – USA – US Navy plane crashed off NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, 3 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19430505-0

1944 – USA – USAAF plane crashed near Lake Worth, FL, 4 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19440505-1

1944 – India – RAF plane crashed near Ampi, Assam, 4 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19440505-2

1945 – Netherlands/Denmark – Liberated by UK and Canadian troops. https://youtu.be/PzeuixDhsAw WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/liberation-of-holland/

1945 – USA – Japanese fire balloon exploded near Bly, Oregon, 6 killed. https://youtu.be/0m9EqDlBBeg WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_balloon#Single_lethal_attack

1945 – Czechoslovakia – Prague Uprising began (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prague_uprising

1945 – Papua New Guinea – USAAF plane crashed at Manus Island, 21 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19450505-0

1945 – Australia – RAAF plane crashed near Higgins Field, QLD, 6 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19450505-1

1948 – Atlantic Ocean – Superior Oil Corp missing, 2 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19480505-0

1949 – UK – Treaty of London signed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statute_of_the_Council_of_Europe

1950 – Thailand – Bhumibol Adulyadej crowned himself King Rama IX. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhumibol_Adulyadej

1952 – Norway – Fred Olsen Flyveselskap plane crashed near Skien, 11 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19520505-0

1955 – West Germany – Gained full sovereignty.

1963 – Brazil – Summer IV Pan American Games ended. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1963_Pan_American_Games

1965 – Tenerife – Iberia Flight 401 crashed at Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport, 30 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19650505-0

1968 – South Vietnam – Tet Offensive, Phase 2 began (Vietnam War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet_Offensive

1972 – Sicily – Alitalia Flight 112 crashed into Mount Longa, Palermo, 115 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19720505-0

1980 – UK – 1980 – UK – Iranian Embassy Siege ended (Operation Nimrod). https://youtu.be/XD14OSmUniA WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/5/newsid_2510000/2510873.stm

2007 – Cameroon – Kenya Airways Flight 507 crashed in Douala, 114 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20070505-0

2014 – Nigeria – Gamboru Ngala Massacre began, 300 killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Gamboru_Ngala_attack

2014 – Hong Kong – Po Toi Island ship collision. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-27281121

2014 – Aegean Sea – Yacht & dinghy capsized, 22 killed. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/europe/least-22-drown-overcrowded-boats-capsize-greece-n96996