Today in History - May 5

1260 – Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.

1494 – On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica.

1646 – King Charles I surrenders in Scotland.

1762 – Russia & Prussia sign Treaty of Saint Petersburg ending the Seven Years War.

1809 Mary Dixon Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent (weaving straw).

1816 – American Bible Society organized in New York.

1821 Napoleon Dies in exile on the island of St. Helena.

1834 – Charles Darwin’s expedition begins at Rio Santa Cruz.

1834 – The first mainland railway line opens in Belgium.

1847 – American Medical Association organized in Philadelphia.

1865 – 1st US train robbery (North Bend Ohio).

1893 Panic of 1893: Great crash on NY Stock Exchange.

1912 – 5th Olympic Games open at Stockholm, Sweden.

1916 – US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924.

1925 – Afrikaans is established as an official language in South Africa.

1935 – American Jesse Owen sets the long jump record.

1936 – Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip.

1941 – First modern perfume, Chanel No.5 released.

1945 – Holland and Denmark are liberated from Nazi control.

1955 – Indian parliament accept Hindu divorce.

1955 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site.

1956 – World championships of judo are 1st held, in Tokyo.

1961 Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space.

1979 – Voyager 1 passes Jupiter.

2000 – The Sun, Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn align – Earth’s moon is also                       almost in this alignment – leading to Doomsday predictions of massive natural disasters, this               confluence occurs about once in every century.

2002 – Spider-Man is first movie to top $100 million in opening weekend.

2012 – Japan shuts down its nuclear reactors leaving the country without nuclear power for the first               time since 1970

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