Today in History, English
Today in History, English

51661May.05Event1945 – World War II: The Prague uprising begins as an attempt by the Czech resistance to free the city from German occupation.
51662May.05Event1946 – The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
51663May.05Event1949 – The Treaty of London establishes the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as the first European institution working for European integration.
51664May.05Event1950 – Bhumibol Adulyadej is crowned King Rama IX of Thailand.
51665May.05Event1955 – West Germany gains full sovereignty.
51666May.05Event1961 – The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3: Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, on a sub-orbital flight.
51667May.05Event1964 – The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.
51668May.05Event1965 – The Warlocks, later known as The Grateful Dead, make their first public appearance in Menlo Park, California.
51669May.05Event1972 – Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.
51670May.05Event1973 – Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5, an as-yet unbeaten record.
51671May.05Event1977 – The first of The Nixon Interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon are broadcast.
51672May.05Event1980 – Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
51673May.05Event1981 – Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
51674May.05Event1985 – Bitburg and Bergen-Belsen: Ronald Reagan visits the military cemetery at Bitburg, Germany, and the site of the Nazi concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen, where he makes a speech.
51675May.05Event1987 – Iran–Contra affair: Start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
51676May.05Event1991 – A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.
51677May.05Event1994 – The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
51678May.05Event1994 – American teenager Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism.
51679May.05Event2006 – The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.
51680May.05Event2010 – Mass protests in Greece erupt in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek government-debt crisis.
51681May.05Event2014 – 11 people are missing after a Chinese cargo ship collides with a Marshall Islands registered container ship off the coast of Hong Kong.
51682May.05Event2014 – 22 people die after two boats carrying illegal immigrants collide in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece.
51683May.05Birth867 – Emperor Uda of Japan (d. 931)
51684May.05Birth1210 – Afonso III of Portugal (d. 1279)
51685May.05Birth1479 – Guru Amar Das, Indian 3rd Sikh Guru (d. 1574)
51686May.05Birth1542 – Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire (d. 1623)
51687May.05Birth1684 – Françoise Charlotte d'Aubigné, French wife of Adrien Maurice de Noailles (d. 1739)
51688May.05Birth1747 – Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1792)
51689May.05Birth1749 – Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French pianist and composer (d. 1794)
51690May.05Birth1764 – Robert Craufurd, Scottish general and politician (d. 1812)

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