Today in History for 5th May 2019

Historical Events

1862 – French army intervenes in Puebla, Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
1864 – Atlanta Campaign: 5 days fighting begins at Rocky Face Ridge
1920 – Polish troops occupy Kiev
1930 – Amy Johnson takes off – first woman to fly solo from England to Australia
1941 – Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa
1987 – Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East

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Famous Birthdays

1900 – Mervyn A. Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope), born in Fethard-on-Sea, County Wexford, Ireland (d. 1963)
1903 – James Beard, American culinary expert and author (Delights and Prejudices), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1985)
1904 – Gordon Richards, British jockey (winner of 4,870 races), born in Donnington Wood, Telford (d. 1986)
1905 – Arnold Meijer, Dutch leader of fascist Dutch National and Black Front, born in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands (d. 1965)
1905 – Robert Houben, Belgian politician (Minister of Public health 1958), born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium (d. 1992)
1966 – Mike Stapleton, Canadian NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Sarnia, Ontario

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Famous Deaths

1766 – Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
1931 – Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)
1956 – Karel Rudolph Gallas, Dutch lexicographer (French Dictionary), dies at 88
1985 – Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
1993 – Irving Howe, American writer and critic (Dissent), dies at 72
2004 – Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44

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