It happened today – this day in history – May 5

1260: Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.

1494: Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica, landing at Discovery Bay on his second journey to the New World.

1646: Charles I surrenders in Scotland.

1818: Birth of Karl Marx in Trier, Prussia.

1821: Napoleon Bonaparte dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena.

1877: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the US Army.

1891: Carnegie Hall in New York opens with Tchaikovsky as guest conductor.

1916: US Marines invade the Dominican Republic.

1925: Afrikaans is established as an official language in South Africa.

1928: Everton’s Dixie Dean scores a hat-trick against Arsenal to bring his League goals total for the season to 60 – still a record. Including FA Cup and representative matches his total for the season was an amazing 82 goals.

1930: Amy Johnson sets off on the first female solo flight from England to Australia.

1935: US athlete Jesse Owens sets the long jump record at 26′ 8½”.

1936: Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa in Abyssinia.

1941: Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa. On the same day, the scent Chanel No. 5 is released by fashion designer. Coco Chanel.

1944: Mahatma Gandhi is released from prison.

1945: Admiral Karl Dönitz, leader of Germany after Hitler’s death, orders all U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to their bases.

1952: Herman Wouk wins the Pulitzer Prize for The Caine Mutiny.

1956: At the FA Cup final between Manchester City and Birmingham City, Bert Trautmann, the Manchester City goalkeeper, is injured making a save. With no substitutes in those days, he played on to help his side to a 3-1 win. Three days later it was found that he had played with a broken neck. His surgeon told him bluntly: “You should be dead”.

1961: Commander Alan Shepard returns to Earth in his NASA Mercury 3 capsule after becoming the first American in space.

1963: On the recommendation of George Harrison, Dick Rowe Head of A&R at Decca records, (the man who turned down The Beatles) goes to see The Rolling Stones play at the Crawdaddy Club in London. The band are signed to the label within a week.

1966: Borussia Dortmund win the European Cup Winner’s Cup 2-1 against Liverpool in Glasgow.

1967: The first ever all-British satellite, Aerial 3, is successfully launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.


1969: At York City’s game against Halifax Town, referee Roy Harper collapses on the pitch shortly after kick off and dies of a heart attack. Incredibly, the game is not called off.

1972: Blind blues guitarist The Reverend Gary Davis, whose finger picking style influenced many guitarists, dies of a heart attack aged 76. On the same day, the three-day Bickershaw Festival begins in Wigan. Acts appearing include The Grateful Dead, Dr John, The Kinks, Captain Beefheart, Family and Wishbone Ash.

1974: Singles chart:

  1. Waterloo – ,ABBA
  2. Sugar Baby Love – The Rubetts
  3. Remember You’re A Womble – The Wombles
  4. Don’t Stay Away Too Long – Peters and Lee
  5. Shang-A-Lang – The Bay City Rollers
  6. Rock And Roll Winter – Wizzard
  7. Homely Girl – The Chi-Lites
  8. A Walkin’ Miracle – Limmie and th Family Cookin ‘
  9. Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks
  10. He’s Misstra Know It All – Stevie Wonder
1974: Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells

Album chart:

  1. The Singles 1969-1973 – The Carpenters
  2. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
  3. Band On The Run – Wings
  4. Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield
  5. Buddah And The Chocolate Box – Cat Stevens
  6. Diana And Marvin – Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye
  7. Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich
  8. Millican And Nesbitt – Millican & Nesbitt
  9. The Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
  10. Innervisions – Stevie Wonder

1980: A siege at the Iranian embassy in London comes to a dramatic end after a raid by SAS commandos.

1981: Bobby Sands MP dies in the Maze prison 66 days after going on hunger strike.

1984: Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr marries Pretenders singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde in Central Park, New York City.

1990: Crocodile Dundee actors Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski marry in Australia.

1998: Death of bandleader Syd Lawrence aged 74.

2000: Rod Stewart undergoes a one-hour throat operation at Cedar Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles to remove a benign growth on his thyroid. On the same day, actress Angelina Jolie marries actor Billy Bob Thornton in Las Vegas.

2002: Jacques Chirac wins the French Presidential election for a second term.

2005: Labour under Tony Blair wins a third term in Government but with a greatly reduced majority. On the same day, singer Justin Timberlake undergoes an operation at Los Angeles’ Cedars Sinai Hospital to remove nodules from his throat.

2012: Chelsea beats Liverpool, 2–1 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

2014: Mark Selby beats Ronnie O’Sullivan for his first World Snooker title.

2016: The Rolling Stones instruct Donald Trump to stop playing their songs during his presidential campaign.

2018: Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson suffers a brain haemorrhage and is hospitalised.

2019: King Vajiralongkorn is crowned King of Thailand.

2020: Jamaican singer Millie Small dies aged 72 after suffering a stroke. On the same day, singer Sweet Pea Atkinson of Was (Not Was) dies from a heart attack in Los Angeles, aged 74.

2021: Protests and demonstrations against government tax reform and poverty in Colombia leaves 24 dead. On the same day, The possible eviction of Palestinian families from a Jerusalem neighborhood begins days of unrest in the city. Also, eighties pop singer Nick Kamen dies aged 59 from bone cancer.

2022: Sinn Féin, led by Michelle O’Neill, wins the most seats in the Northern Ireland elections for the first time.

Henry Cavill (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

BIRTHDAYS: Lance Henriksen, actor, 84; Sir Michael Palin, actor/writer/broadcaster, 81; John Rhys-Davies, actor, 80; Bill Ward, drummer, (Black Sabbath) 76; Eddy Amoo, singer-songwriter (The Real Thing), 74; Pete Erskine, drummer (Weather Report) 70; Roddy Radiation (Roderick Byers), guitarist (The Specials), 69; Richard E Grant, actor, 67; Theresa Bazar, singer-songwriter (Guys ‘n’ Dolls/Dollar) 67; Ian McCulloch, singer-songwriter (Echo and the Bunnymen) 65; Simon Rimmer, TV chef, 61; Lorraine McIntosh, singer (Deacon Blue) 60; James Cracknell, rower, 52; Craig David, singer-songwriter/rapper, 43; Henry Cavill, actor, 41; Adele (Atkins), singer-songwriter, 36; Chris Brown, singer-songwriter, 35; Raul Jiménez, footballer, 33; David Potts, reality TV star, 31.