Today in History

What happened on the 5th of May in history?

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  • 1814
    British attack Ft Ontario - Oswego - NY
  • 1867
    Battle of Puebla-Mexicans defeat Maximilian's forces (Cinco de Mayo)
  • 1891
    Carnegie Hall opens in NYC with Tchaikovsky as guest conductor
  • 1904
    Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Philadelphia
  • 1908
    Great White Fleet arrives in SF
  • 1916
    US marines invade Dominican Republic - stay until 1924
  • 1922
    Construction on Yankee Stadium begins
  • 1925
    Ty Cobb goes 6 for 6
  • 1945
    Netherlands liberated from Nazi control
  • 1948
    1st air squadron of jets aboard a carrier
  • 1949
    Council of Europe established
  • 1955
    West Germany granted full sovereignty by 3 occupying powers
  • 1956
    Jim Bailey - 1st 4 minute mile run in USA - Los Angeles - Ca
  • 1961
    Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7)
  • 1965
    1st large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
  • 1981
    16th & final Mayor's Trophy Game - Mets beat Yanks 4-1 & hold 8-7 edge
  • 1983
    Bruins 5-Isles 1 - Wales Conf Championship- Isles hold 3-2 lead