Today's Holidays for May 5
Cinco de Mayo Commemorating this day in 1862, when a fledgling Mexican army defeated invading French troops in Puebla.
Today's History Trivia for May 5
1968 Big Mac The McDonald's Big Mac hamburger makes its nationwide debut with its "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun." It was created a Pittsburgh McDonald's franchisee the previous year. It originally went by the names the Aristocrat and the Blue Ribbon Burger, both of which did poorly in the marketplace, finally settling on the name Big Mac.
First American in Space and the Creation of "A-OK"
Alan B. Shepard, Jr. When asked what he thought about as he sat atop the rocket, waiting for liftoff, he replied, "The fact that every part of this ship was built by the lowest bidder."
Only Continental U.S. Deaths in WWII
A pregnant woman and five Sunday school children are killed when they discover and accidentally detonate a Japanese balloon bomb that had landed in southern Oregon. They found the bomb while on a Sunday school picnic. Not knowing what it was, it is believed they detonated it by kicking it. These are the only known deaths in the continental U.S. as the result of enemy action during World War II and the only civilian casualties on American soil after the US entry into the war.
2348 B.C. Noah's Ark The Biblical ark sets down on the Mountains of Ararat - As calculated in 1658 by Archbishop James Ussher of Armagh, Ireland. He used a combination of Biblical and historical documents to calculate this date.
1993 Same-sex marriage Citing it as sex discrimination, the Hawaiian Supreme Court, rules the banning of same-sex marriages as unconstitutional.
1987 Iran-Contra Affair Hearings begin. Gen. Richard Secord claims his pro-contra activities had been approved by the administration.
1980 U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources is established.
1980 U.S. Department of Education is established.
1925 Monkey Trial John T. Scopes is arrested in Tennessee for teaching evolution.
1904 First perfect major-league baseball game Cy Young of the Boston Americans doesn't allow a single Philadelphia player to reach first base.
1895 First recurring comic strip character is introduced, the Yellow Kid, in the cartoon Hogan's Alley, by Richard Felton Outcault.
1865 First U.S. train robbery an overturned train in Ohio is robbed by looters.
1845 First African-American Admitted to the Bar Macon Bolling Allen passes the Massachusetts Bar Exam. He then opened the first black law office in the U.S. He had previously earned his law license in Maine, but found it difficult to work there, so he moved to Massachusetts. He would also go on to be the first black justice of the peace in the U.S.
Today's Birthdays for May 5
1973 Tina Yothers American actress. TV: Family Ties (Jennifer).
1943 Michael Palin British actor. TV: Monty Python's Flying Circus. Film: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988).
1942 Tammy Wynette d. 1998 (Virginia Wynette Pugh), American country singer. Music: Stand By Your Man. She has more #1 country hits than any other female singer.
1938 Michael Murphy American actor. Film: An Unmarried Woman (1978, the cheating husband).
1929 Ilene Woods d. 2010 American actress/singer. Film: Cinderella (1950, voice of Cinderella).
1925 Leo J. Ryan d. 1978 American politician, San Francisco mayor (1972) and California Representative (1972-78). He was killed by Jim Jones' followers in the Jonestown, Guyana massacre.
1914 Tyrone Power d. 1958 (Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr.), American actor. Film: The Razor's Edge (1946) and Witness for the Prosecution (1957). He was one of the most popular film actors of the 1930s and '40s.
1907 Florence Li Tim-Oi d. 1992 Chinese religious leader. She was the first woman Anglican priest (1944, China); the Japanese invasion during World War II had created a shortage of male priests in China. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1899 Freeman Fisher Gosden d. 1982 radio comedian. Radio: Amos 'n' Andy (1928-60, Amos and Kingfish). Amos 'n' Andy was the first U.S. syndicated radio program. It featured Charles Correll and Freeman Gosden, both white actors, portraying two black characters.
1873 Leon Frank Czolgosz d. 1901 American assassin. He was executed for assassinating U.S. Pres. McKinley (1901). At his execution he proclaimed, "I killed the President because he was the enemy of the good people - the good working people. I am not sorry for my crime."
1864 Nellie Bly d. 1922 (Elizabeth Cochran), journalist. She is known for her writing on divorce, women, and child labor conditions. She once had herself committed to Blackwell's Island asylum for a story on the treatment of the insane. She also completed a 72-day around-the-world trip for the New York World (1889-90).
1830 John B. Stetson d. 1906 American hat maker. He founded his hat company in 1865.
1818 Karl Heinrich Marx d. 1883 German socialist and philosopher.
Deaths for May 5
1821 Napoleon Bonaparte b. 1769 Emperor of France (1804-14), King of Italy (1805-14). He was exiled to the south Atlantic island of St. Helena after his defeat in 1815 to the British at the Battle of Waterloo.
2011 Arthur Laurents b. 1917 American Tony-winning playwright. Writings: Westside Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959).
2007 Theodore Maiman b. 1927 American physicist. He developed the first working laser (1960). It utilized a synthetic pink ruby crystal as the lasing medium and a helical xenon flash lamp as the excitation source.
1983 John Williams b. 1903 British Tony-winning actor. Film: Dial M For Murder (1954, reprising his Tony-winning role as Chief Inspector Hubbard). TV: Family Affair (1967, Giles French - filling in for the ailing Sebastian Cabot). He also starred in the commercial for 120 Musical Masterpieces which became the longest-running national U.S. commercial (1971-84).
1962 Irvin Charles Mollison b. 1898 American judge. He was the first black U.S. Customs Court judge (1945).
1892 August von Hofmann b. 1818 German chemist. His work established the synthetic dye industry.
1887 Washington Charles DePauw b. 1822 American banker, for whom DePauw University is named.