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« on: May 05, 2010, 07:11:01 am »

Wednesday, May 05th
The 125th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On May 5, 1961, astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America's first space traveler as he made a 15-minute suborbital flight in a capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Go to article.)

On May 5, 1864, Nellie Bly, the American newspaper writer who challenged herself in an around-the-world race, was born. Following her death on Jan. 27, 1922, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On May 5, 1860, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1818    Political philosopher Karl Marx was born in Prussia.

1821    Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of St. Helena.

1892    Congress extended the Chinese Exclusion Act for 10 years.

1893    Panic hit the New York Stock Exchange; by year's end, the country was in the throes of a severe depression.

1904    Cy Young of the Boston Americans pitched the first perfect game in modern major league baseball history in a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics.

1925    John T. Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.

1945    In the only fatal attack of its kind during World War II, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing the pregnant wife of a minister and five children.

1955    West Germany became a sovereign state.

1955    The baseball musical "Damn Yankees" opened on Broadway.

1981    Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died in prison in Northern Ireland on his 66th day without food.

1985    President Ronald Reagan attended a wreath-laying ceremony at a military cemetery in Bitburg, West Germany. The visit drew worldwide condemnation because 49 members of the Waffen SS were buried there.

2000    Reformers swept Iran's run-off elections, winning control of the legislature from conservatives for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

2002    French President Jacques Chirac was re-elected in a landslide victory over extreme-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen.

2009    Texas health officials confirmed the first death of a U.S. resident with swine flu.

Current Birthdays

Brian Williams turns 51 years old today.

AP Photo/Evan Agostini NBC News anchor Brian Williams turns 51 years old today.


83    Pat Carroll
Actress

76    John Sweeney
AFL-CIO president

67    Michael Palin
Actor, comedian (Monty Python)

66    Roger Rees
Actor, director

66    John Rhys-Davies
Actor

65    Kurt Loder
Music journalist (MTV)

52    John Miller
Assistant FBI director, former journalist

40    Kyan Douglas
TV personality ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy")

37    Tina Yothers
Actress ("Family Ties")

29    Craig David
Rock singer

22    Adele
Soul singer

21    Chris Brown
R&B singer

Historic Birthdays

Nellie Bly

5/5/1864 - 1/27/1922
American journalist and adventurer
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77    Arthur L. Schawlow
5/5/1921 - 4/28/1999
American Nobel Prize-winning physicist (1981)

44    Leopold II
5/5/1747 - 3/1/1792
Holy Roman emperor (1790-92)

79    Frederick Barnard
5/5/1809 - 4/27/1889
American president of Columbia College (1864-1889)

42    Soren Kierkegaard
5/5/1813 - 11/11/1855
Danish religious philosopher

64    Karl Marx
5/5/1818 - 3/14/1883
German political philosopher and economist; wrote "The Communist Manifesto"

85    Hubert Howe Bancroft
5/5/1832 - 3/2/1918
American historian of the American West

60    Peter Cooper Hewitt
5/5/1861 - 8/25/1921
American electrical engineer; invented the mercury-vapor lamp

66    Christopher Morley
5/5/1890 - 3/28/1957
American novelist and columnist for the Saturday Review (1924-41)

76    Dorothy Garrod
5/5/1892 - 12/18/1968
English archaeologist

82    Sir Gordon Richards
5/5/1904 - 11/10/1986
English jockey and racehorse trainer

44    Tyrone Power
5/5/1914 - 11/15/1958
American motion-picture and stage actor


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