Important Events (from1901 to 2015)

May 05, 2016

May 5
• 1904 – Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.
• 1905 – The trial in the Stratton Brothers case begins in London, England; it marks the first time that fingerprint evidence is used to gain a conviction for murder.
• 1912 – Pravda, the "voice" of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins publication in Saint Petersburg.
• 1920 – Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.
• 1925 – Scopes Trial: Serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
• 1925 – The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language.
• 1934 – The first Three Stooges short, Woman Haters, is released.
• 1936 – Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
• 1940 – World War II: Norwegian refugees form a government-in-exile in London.
• 1940 – World War II: Norwegian Campaign: Norwegian squads in Hegra Fortress and Vinjesvingen capitulate to German forces after all other Norwegian forces in southern Norway had laid down their arms.
• 1941 – Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots' Victory Day.
• 1944 – German troops execute 216 civilians in the village of Kleisoura in Greece.
• 1945 – World War II: The Prague uprising begins as an attempt by the Czech resistance to free the city from German occupation.
• 1945 – World War II: Six people are killed when a Japanese fire balloon explodes near Bly, Oregon. They are the only Americans killed in the continental US during the war.
• 1946 – The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimesand crimes against humanity.
• 1949 – The Treaty of London establishes the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as the first European institution working for European integration.
• 1950 – Bhumibol Adulyadej is crowned King Rama IX of Thailand.
• 1955 – West Germany gains full sovereignty.
• 1961 – The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3: Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, on a sub-orbital flight.
• 1964 – The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.
• 1965 – The Warlocks, later known as The Grateful Dead, make their first public appearance in Menlo Park, California.
• 1972 – Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.
• 1973 – Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5, an as-yet unbeaten record.
• 1977 – The first of The Nixon Interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon are broadcast.
• 1980 – Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
• 1981 – Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
• 1985 – 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.
• 1987 – Iran–Contra affair: Start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
• 1991 – A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.
• 1994 – The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
• 1994 – American teenager Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism.
• 2006 – The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.
• 2010 – Mass protests in Greece erupt in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek government-debt crisis.
• 2014 – 11 people are missing after a Chinese cargo ship collides with a Marshall Islands registered container ship off the coast of Hong Kong.
• 2014 – 22 people die after two boats carrying illegal immigrants collide in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece.