Today in History- May 5th, War, bombs, long jump record, first American on the moon

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Today in History- May 5th, War, bombs, long jump record, first American on the moon

Read on to enlighten yourself with historical milestones of today


British attack the American forces at Ft. Ontario, Oswego, New York.

Much of the fighting during the War of 1812 took place in the north along the border between the United States and Britain’s Canadian provinces, on the open ocean, or in the Chesapeake Bay.


A bomb explodes on the fourth day of a workers’ strike in Chicago.

Haymarket Bombing 1886. On May 5, 1886, a bomb went off amidst a group of policemen at a labor rally called by Albert Parsons and Samuel Feldman. The rally took place at the end of a peaceful four-day nationwide strike calling for an eight-hour workday. The bomb blast killed one policeman and wounded many more.


U.S. Marines invade the Dominican Republic.

In 1916, U.S. Marines landed to push through this agenda. What ensued, however, was an eight-year military occupation of the Dominican Republic and a prolonged counterinsurgency fight in the eastern provinces of Seibo and Macoris. , by 1920 the military occupation was not going well for the Americans.


American Jesse Owens sets the long jump record.

Owens had set the world record in the long jump with a leap of 8.13 m (26 ft 8 in) in 1935, the year before the Berlin Olympics, and this record stood for 25 years until it was broken in 1960 by countryman Ralph Boston.


Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space.

On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space. He flew on a Mercury spacecraft. There was just enough room for one person. He named his capsule Freedom 7.


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, although such a ‘grand confluence’ occurs about once in every century.





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