Today in history 5/5/2017


Today in history, Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica, which he names Santa Gloria in 1494.

Today in history, The first mainland railway line opens in Belgium in 1834.

Today in history, Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeat troops sent by Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Today in history, Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing in 1912.

Today in history, Eugene Jacques Bullard (see picture below) becomes the first African-American aviator when he earns a flying certificate with the French Air Service in 1917.

Today in history, American Jesse Owens (see picture below) sets the long jump record in 1935.

Today in history, Alan Shepard (see picture below) becomes the first American in space in 1961.

Today in history, 173rd Airborne Brigade arrives in Bien Hoa-Vung, Vietnam, the first regular U.S. Army unit deployed to that country in 1965.

Today in history, Pulitzer Prize awarded to Norman Mailer for his ‘nonfiction novel’ Armies of the Night (see picture below), an account of the 1967 anti-Vietnam War march on the Pentagon in 1969.

Today in history, 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 in 2000.


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