May 5 in Pop Culture History
1809 – Mary Kies became the first woman awarded a US patent (#X01043) , for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
1821 – Corsica-born Napoleon Bonaparte died as a British prisoner on the remote island of Saint Helena in the southern Atlantic Ocean.
1847 – The American Medical Association (AMA) met for the first time in the Hall of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1862 – General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated a French army led by General Charles Latrille de Lorencez that was attempting to capture Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. This was the initial Cinco de Mayo cause for celebration.
1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (now known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Pyotr Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
1904 – Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans threw the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball. They named an award after him.
1933 – The discovery of radio waves from the centre of the Milky Way galaxy was announced by Karl Jansky.
1934 – The first Three Stooges short – Woman Haters was released.
1936 – The patent (#2,039,345) was issued for the first bottle with a screw cap and a pour lip to Edward A. Ravenscroft, in Glencoe, Illinois
1955 – Damn Yankees (Broadway Musical) Opened on May 5, 1955 and Closed: October 12, 1957
1961 – Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. was launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, the first American astronaut to travel into space.
1962 # 1 Hit May 5, 1962 – May 25, 1962: The Shirelles – Soldier Boy
1965 – The Warlocks, later known as The Grateful Dead, made their first public appearance at Magoo’s Pizza located at 639 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, California.
1979 # 1 Hit May 5, 1979 – June 1, 1979: Peaches & Herb – Reunited
1994 – American teenager Michael P. Fay was caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism
2002 – Spider-Man was released and became the fastest movie ever to earn more than $100 million at the box office, raking in $114.8 million that weekend.
2007 # 1 Hit May 5, 2007 – May 11, 2007: Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend
2015 – May 5, 2025 is a Square Root Day – 5/5/25