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  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Friday May 05, 1775

    George Washington

    Joined the Continental Congress in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Friday May 05, 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 05, 1821

    Napoleon

    Death

    Longwood House, Saint Helena
    Saturday May 05, 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 05, 1862

    Mexican Revolution

    The Battle of Puebla

    Puebla City, Mexico
    Monday May 05, 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 05, 1868

    Memorial day

    Decoration Day

    U.S.
    Tuesday May 05, 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 05, 1896

    X-ray

    Edison and the fluoroscope

    U.S.
    Tuesday May 05, 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 05, 1919

    Red Summer

    National Conference on Lynching

    Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York, U.S.
    Monday May 05, 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.




  • Nanking, Jiangsu, China
    Wednesday May 05, 1937

    Mao Zedong

    Telegramming The Military Council of The Nanking National Government

    Nanking, Jiangsu, China
    Wednesday May 05, 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 05, 1942

    World War II

    Battle of the Coral Sea

    Coral Sea
    Tuesday May 05, 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 05, 1942

    World War II

    Battle of Madagascar

    Madagascar
    Tuesday May 05, 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 05, 1944

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

    Gandhi's release

    India
    Friday May 05, 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 05, 1960

    John F. Kennedy

    Saint Anselm College Speech

    Saint Anselm College, Goffstown, New Hampshire, U.S.
    Thursday May 05, 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".


  • Sotin, Croatia
    Sunday May 05, 1991

    Croatian War of Independence

    A Serb civilian was killed

    Sotin, Croatia
    Sunday May 05, 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 05, 2000

    James Bond

    DoubleShot was published

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 05, 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 05, 2008

    Bank of America

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

    U.S.
    Monday May 05, 2008

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


  • Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Sunday May 05, 2013

    LeBron James

    Won the 12-13 Playoffs

    Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Sunday May 05, 2013

    Won the 12-13 Playoffs with Heats.


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