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Friday, May 5, 2017

Today In History...

In 1494 On his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Columbus first sights Jamaica.

In 1821 Napoleon Bonaparte dies in exile on the island of St. Helena.

In 1862 Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeat French troops sent by Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla.

In 1892 Congress passes the Geary Chinese Exclusion Act, which required Chinese in the U.S. to be registered, or face deportation.

In 1893 The "Panic of 1893" hits the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1904 Cy Young pitches the American League's first perfect game as the Boston Red Sox defeat the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0.

In 1912 The first issue of the Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda is published.

In 1925 John Scopes is arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution.

In 1942 Sugar rationing begins in the U.S. during World War II.

In 1945 In the only fatal attack of its kind during World War II, a Japanese balloon bomb explodes on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing the pregnant wife of a minister and five children.

In 1949 The Council of Europe is established.

In 1955 West Germany becomes a sovereign state.

In 1961 Alan B. Shepard becomes the first American in space when he made a 15-minute sub-orbital flight in Freedom VII launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

In 1980 A siege at the Iranian embassy in London ends as British commandos and police storm the building.

In 1981 Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands dies at Maze Prison

in Northern Ireland in his 66th day without food.

In 1983 An Eastern Airlines L-1011 carrying 172 people loses power in all three engines after takeoff from Miami on a flight to the Bahamas. The pilot manages to restart the tail engine and return to Miami.

In 1984 Swale, the offspring of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, wins the Kentucky Derby.

In 1985 President Reagan keeps a promise to West German Chancellor Helmut

Kohl by leading a wreath-laying ceremony at the military cemetery in Bitburg.

In 1986 Leaders of the seven major industrial democracies, meeting in Tokyo, adopt a joint statement condemning terrorism.

In 1987 Under a new immigration law, thousands of illegal aliens apply for U.S. citizenship.

In 1987 The congressional Iran-Contra hearings open with former Air Force Major-General Richard V. Secord as the lead witness.

In 1988 Rev. Eugene Antonio Marino becomes the first black Roman Catholic archbishop during an installation Mass at the Atlantic Civic Center.

In 1989 A federal judge orders sweeping changes in the FBI's promotion system, months after it was found that the bureau had discriminated against its Hispanic employees in advancements and assignments.

In 1990 "Unbridled" wins the 116th running of the Kentucky Derby.

In 1991 President Bush continued to experience an irregular heartbeat, one day after he was taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital because of fatigue and shortness of breath.

In 1994 American teen-ager Michael Fay is lashed four times in Singapore for acts of vandalism.

In 1995 As rescue workers end their search for bodies in the Oklahoma City bombing, President Clinton denounces self-styled anti-government militias, saying, "How dare you call yourselves patriots and heroes."

In 1995 Talks collapse between the U.S. and Japan on averting a bitter trade fight over automobiles.

In 1996 Israel and the Palestinians begin the final stage of their peace talks in Taba, Egypt.

In 1997 American Airlines' pilots ratify a contract, ending nearly three years of negotiations.

In 1997 President Clinton arrives in Mexico for his first Latin American trip.

In 1997 A jury in Jacksonville, Florida, finds R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. was not responsible for the death of Jean Connor, a lifelong smoker.

In 2001 Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to visit Syria.

In 2002 French President Jacques Chirac is re-elected.

In 2003 Searchers using dogs and heavy equipment move from one crumbled home to another after tornado-packed storms flattened communities in four Midwestern states, killing 19 people.

In 2004 Picasso's 1905 painting "Boy with a Pipe" sells for $104 million at Sotheby's in New York, breaking the record for an auctioned painting.

In 2013 Five people are killed after being trapped in a limousine as it catches fire in Hayward, CA.

In 2014 Jackie Lynn Taylor, who played one of the Little Rascals in the Our Gang films in the 1930s before becoming a TV anchor and, later, a church minister, dies at 88 of Alzheimer's disease.

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