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May 5
Cinco de Mayo

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
1981  IRA member Bobby Sands dies in a Northern Ireland prison after a 66-day hunger strike.
1966Willie Mays, of the SF Giants, hits the 512th homer of his career to become the greatest NL home run hitter in history (at that time).
1961Alan B. Shepard, Jr. becomes the first American in space, during a 15-minute ride aboard the Mercury capsule Freedom 17.
Uncle Woody sez: Shepard later went on to command the Apollo 14 lunar landing mission.

1955West Germany becomes a sovereign state.
1925John Scopes is arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in Tennessee.
1904Boston Red Sox pitcher Cy Young hurls a perfect game against the Philadelphia Americans.
Uncle Woody sez: There was cause to celebrate -- this was only the third perfect game ever pitched in the major league.

1893An economic crisis hits the US today: 15,000 businesses fail, boosting unemployment into double digits.
1891Carnegie Hall (then called the Music Hall) is dedicated in New York City.
1862Mexican forces defeat French invaders under the command of Napoleon III at the Battle of Puebla.
Uncle Woody sez: The victory is now celebrated throughout Mexico (and at restaurants throughout the US) as Cinco de Mayo.

1847The American Medical Association (AMA) is founded in Philadelphia.
1821Napoleon Bonaparte dies in exile on St. Helena Island.

Born today:

1973  Tina Yothers - actress

1962  Kevin Mooney - rock bassist (Adam and The Ants)

1960  Cathy Moriarty - actress

1959  Ian McCulloch - singer, guitarist (Echo and The Bunnymen)

1957  Richard Grant - actor

1948  Bill Ward - rock drummer (Black Sabbath)

1947  Larry Hisle - baseball player

1944  Roger Rees - actor

1944  Jean-Pierre Leaud - actor

1943  Michael Palin - comedian, actor (Monty Python's Flying Circus)

1943  Lance Henriksen - actor

1942  Tammy Wynette - country singer

1941  Tommy Helms - baseball player

1938  Michael Murphy - actor

1927  Art Pollard - auto racer (killed during 1973 Indy 500 qualifying)

1926  Ann B. Davis - actress (The Brady Bunch)

1915  Alice Faye - actress

1914  Tyrone Power - actor

1913  Duane Carter - sprint car racer

1867  Nellie Bly - author

1818  Karl Marx - communism founder



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