Saturday, May 5, 2012

5th of May

Today is the 125th day of the year, with only 240 days remaining.

1260 - Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.

1809 - Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.

1860 - Giuseppe Garibaldi sets sail from Genoa, leading the expedition of the Thousand, to conquer the Kingdom of Two Sicilies and gives birth to the Kingdom of Italy.

1864 - The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

1866 - Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.

1877 - Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.

1891 - The Music Hall in New York City, later known as Carnegie Hall, has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.

1904 - Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the perfect game in the modern era of baseball.

1920 - Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.

1946 - 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.

1987 - The start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States, for the Iran-Contra affair.

Napoleon Bonaparte - French general who was famous for He passes away on this date in 1821, at the age of .  The ruler died in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.

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