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  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Friday May 5, 1775

    George Washington

    Joined the Continental Congress in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Friday May 5, 1775

    The colonists were divided over breaking away from British rule and split into two factions: Patriots who rejected British rule, and Loyalists who desired to remain subject to the King. General Thomas Gage was commander of British forces in America at the beginning of the war. Upon hearing the shocking news of the onset of war, Washington was "sobered and dismayed", and he hastily departed Mount Vernon on May 4, 1775, to join the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.




  • Longwood House, Saint Helena
    Saturday May 5, 1821

    Napoleon

    Death

    Longwood House, Saint Helena
    Saturday May 5, 1821

    In February 1821, Napoleon's health began to deteriorate rapidly, and he reconciled with the Catholic Church. He died on 5 May 1821, after confession, Extreme Unction and Viaticum in the presence of Father Ange Vignali. His last words were, France, l'armée, tête d'armée, Joséphine ("France, the army, head of the army, Joséphine").




  • Puebla City, Mexico
    Monday May 5, 1862

    Mexican Revolution

    The Battle of Puebla

    Puebla City, Mexico
    Monday May 5, 1862

    In the 19th century, Díaz had been a national hero, opposing the French Intervention in the 1860s and distinguishing himself in the Battle of Puebla on 5 May 1862 ("Cinco de Mayo").




  • U.S.
    Tuesday May 5, 1868

    Memorial day

    Decoration Day

    U.S.
    Tuesday May 5, 1868

    On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for "Decoration Day" to be observed annually and nationwide; he was commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), an organization of and for Union Civil War veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois. With his proclamation, Logan adopted the Memorial Day practice that had begun in the Southern states three years earlier.




  • U.S.
    Tuesday May 5, 1896

    X-ray

    Edison and the fluoroscope

    U.S.
    Tuesday May 5, 1896

    American inventor Thomas Edison started research soon after Röntgen's discovery and investigated materials' ability to fluoresce when exposed to X-rays, finding that calcium tungstate was the most effective substance. In May 1896 he developed the first mass-produced live imaging device, his "Vitascope", later called the fluoroscope, which became the standard for medical X-ray examinations.




  • Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York, U.S.
    Monday May 5, 1919

    Red Summer

    National Conference on Lynching

    Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York, U.S.
    Monday May 5, 1919

    The National Conference on Lynching took place in Carnegie Hall, New York City, May 5–6, 1919. The goal of the conference was to pressure Congress to pass the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill. It was a project of the new NAACP, which in April released a report, Thirty Years of Lynching in the United States, 1889-1918.




  • Germany
    Thursday May 5, 1927

    Joseph Goebbels

    Goebbels used provocation to bring attention to the NSDAP

    Germany
    Thursday May 5, 1927

    Goebbels' tactic of using provocation to bring attention to the NSDAP, along with violence at the public party meetings and demonstrations, led the Berlin police to ban the NSDAP from the city on 5 May 1927.


  • Nanking, Jiangsu, China
    Wednesday May 5, 1937

    Mao Zedong

    Telegramming The Military Council of The Nanking National Government

    Nanking, Jiangsu, China
    Wednesday May 5, 1937

    Although despising Chiang Kai-shek as a "traitor to the nation", on May 5, he telegrammed the Military Council of the Nanking National Government proposing a military alliance, a course of action advocated by Stalin.


  • Coral Sea
    Tuesday May 5, 1942

    World War II

    Battle of the Coral Sea

    Coral Sea
    Tuesday May 5, 1942

    In early May 1942, Japan initiated operations to capture Port Moresby by amphibious assault and thus sever communications and supply lines between the United States and Australia. The planned invasion was thwarted when an Allied task force, centered on two American fleet carriers, fought Japanese naval forces to a draw in the Battle of the Coral Sea.


  • Madagascar
    Tuesday May 5, 1942

    World War II

    Battle of Madagascar

    Madagascar
    Tuesday May 5, 1942

    Concerns the Japanese might use bases in Vichy-held Madagascar caused the British to invade the island (5 May – 6 November 1942).


  • India
    Friday May 5, 1944

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

    Gandhi's release

    India
    Friday May 5, 1944

    Gandhi was released before the end of the war on 6 May 1944 because of his failing health and necessary surgery; the Raj did not want him to die in prison and enrage the nation. He came out of detention to an altered political scene – the Muslim League for example, which a few years earlier had appeared marginal, "now occupied the centre of the political stage".


  • Saint Anselm College, Goffstown, New Hampshire, U.S.
    Thursday May 5, 1960

    John F. Kennedy

    Saint Anselm College Speech

    Saint Anselm College, Goffstown, New Hampshire, U.S.
    Thursday May 5, 1960

    Kennedy gave a speech at Saint Anselm College on May 5, 1960, regarding America's conduct in the emerging Cold War. The address detailed how the American foreign policy should be conducted towards African nations, noting a hint of support for modern African nationalism by saying, "For we, too, founded a new nation on revolt from colonial rule".


  • Madrid, Spain
    Saturday May 5, 1984

    Diego Maradona

    Chaos in the King's presence

    Madrid, Spain
    Saturday May 5, 1984

    The end of the 1983–84 season included a violent and chaotic fight Maradona was directly involved in at the 1984 Copa del Rey final at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid against Athletic Bilbao. After receiving another rough tackle by Goikoetxea which wounded his leg, being taunted with xenophobic, racist insults related to his father's Native American ancestry throughout the match by Bilbao fans, and being provoked by Bilbao's Miguel Sola at full time as Barcelona lost 1–0, Maradona snapped. The mass brawl was played out in front of the Spanish King Juan Carlos and an audience of 100,000 fans inside the stadium, and more than half of Spain watching on television.


  • Sotin, Croatia
    Sunday May 5, 1991

    Croatian War of Independence

    A Serb civilian was killed

    Sotin, Croatia
    Sunday May 5, 1991

    While in Sotin, a Serb civilian was killed on 5 May when he was caught in a crossfire between Serb and Croat paramilitaries.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 5, 2000

    James Bond

    DoubleShot was published

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 5, 2000

    DoubleShot, first published in 2000, was the sixth novel by Raymond Benson featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond.


  • U.S.
    Monday May 5, 2008

    Bank of America

    LaSalle Bank and LaSalle Bank Midwest branches adopted the Bank of America

    U.S.
    Monday May 5, 2008

    LaSalle Bank and LaSalle Bank Midwest branches adopted the Bank of America name on May 5, 2008.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday May 5, 2012

    Lionel Messi

    Good bye Pep

    Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday May 5, 2012

    In Barça's last home league match on 5 May, against Espanyol, Messi scored all four goals before approaching the bench to embrace Guardiola, who had announced his resignation as manager.


  • Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Sunday May 5, 2013

    LeBron James

    Won the 12-13 Playoffs

    Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Sunday May 5, 2013

    Won the 12-13 Playoffs with Heats.


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