On This Day in History, May 05

May 5 is National Cartoonists Day. If the Newspapers are all about the comic strip for you, then National Cartoonists Day is yours to celebrate. To mark this day, grab some snacks and enjoy the best cartoon shows!

Learn the historical events of May 5. Read through to gain insights into what made News on this day.

  • 1893-Panic of 1893 caused a large crash on the NY Stock Exchange.
  • 1904-Cy Young pitched the first perfect game in modern major league baseball.
  • 1920-US President Woodrow Wilson made Communist Labor Party illegal.
  • 1921-Perfume Chanel No. 5 was released by fashion designer Coco Chanel.
  • 1924-38, pirates who had seized ships for the cargo in Hong Kong waters were captured and shot by Chinese authorities.
  • 1930-Amy Johnson took off – the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.
  • 1934-The first Three Stooges film was released.
  • 1944-Mahatma Gandhi was freed from prison.
  • 1949-The Council of Europe was founded.
  • 1951-Fighting increased along the Israel-Syrian border.
  • 1955-West Germany regained its full sovereignty after World War II.
  • 1955-Over 500,000 people in the UK received the Salk polio vaccine.
  • 1960-Princess Margaret married Antony Armstrong Jones in a royal wedding at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1961-Alan B. Shepard Jr became the first American in space today after soaring 115 miles above the earth in a spacecraft named Freedom 7.
  • 1980-The British Special Air Service terminated the Iranian Embassy siege in London.
  •  1992-Governor Bill Clinton continued to increase his run for the Democratic nomination, with 80% of delegates number needed to secure the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • 2005-Tony Blair won a historic third term in government for the British Labour Party.
  • 2009-Feminist icon Marilyn French died of heart failure at the age of seventy-nine in New York.
  • 2011-A French team using deep-sea robots began to recover bodies from a 2009 Air France plane crash.
  • 2013-Paul McCartney performed the previously unperformed Beatles songs live for the first time on the opening night of his world tour.

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