May 5th

2010
Preliminary plans for a mosque and cultural center near ground zero in New York were unveiled, setting off a national debate over whether the project was disrespectful to 9/11 victims and whether opposition to it exposed anti-Muslim biases.
News Corporation
2004
Pablo Picasso's "Boy with a Pipe" became the most expensive painting ever sold.
Pablo Picasso
2002
French President Jacques Chirac was re-elected in a landslide victory over extreme-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen.
French presidential election, 2002
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.
Bitburg controversy
1981
Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died in prison in Northern Ireland on his 66th day without food.
Bobby Sands
1980
The British Special Air Service (SAS) terminate the Iranian Embassy siege in London. Six gunmen had held 26 people hostage for six days, demanding the release of Iranian Arab prisoners. Two of the hostages were killed.
History of the Special Air Service
1965
First large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam.
Battle of Ia Drang
1961
Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
Alan Shepard
1955
West Germany regains full sovereignty after World War II. The Federal Republic of Germany had been established in 1949. Its provisional capital was Bonn. After the 1990 reunification of East and West Germany, Berlin was declared the country's capital.
Allied-occupied Germany
1949
The Council of Europe is founded. The organization was the first to work for European integration. It has 47 member countries and is a completely separate entity from the European Union (EU).
Council of Europe
1941
Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa.
Haile Selassie
1934
The first Three Stooges film is released. The comedy trio soon became famous, especially in the U.S., for their short films featuring slapstick humor.
Woman Haters
1925
John T. Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
Scopes Trial
1904
Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in modern major league baseball. A game is considered perfect when none of the opposing players reaches the first base. Young's team, the Boston Americans, won 3-0 over the Philadelphia Athletics
List of Major League Baseball perfect games
1893
Panic hit the New York Stock Exchange; by year's end, the country was in the throes of a severe depression.
William McKinley
1892
Congress extended the Chinese Exclusion Act for 10 years.
Chinese Exclusion Act
1891
Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.
Carnegie Hall
1821
Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of St. Helena.
Napoleon
1818
Political philosopher Karl Marx was born in Prussia.
Karl Marx
1809
Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
1260
Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
Kublai Khan