5th May

Born on this Day 5th May
1818 Karl Marx
1904 Sir Gordon Richards
1906 Mary Astor
1913 Tyrone Power
1942 Tammy Wynette
1943 Michael Palin
1959 Ian McCullough
1970 Johnny Vegas
1981 Craig David
1988 Adele

Died on this Day
1945 Rene Lalique
1854 Austin Reed

1962 Cliff Richard received a gold disc for his single ‘The Young Ones’ which had topped the charts for 6 weeks.

1984 Chrissie Hynde, lead singer with the Pretenders, married Simple Minds front-man Jim Kerr in New York’s Central Park.

1984 Duran Duran’s ‘The Reflex’ topped the UK chart, giving them their 2nd UK no.1


1991 The Harlequins beat Northampton 25-13 in the final of the Rugby Union Cup.

1997 The Republic of Ireland’s 25-1 outsider Ken Doherty beats defending champion Stephen Hendry 18-12 in the final of the Embassy world championship to become the first Irish player and only the second English player, after Cliff Thorburn in 1980, to win the title.

People & Showbiz

1952 HM the Queen took up residence at Buckingham Palace.

1961 Alan B Shepherd Jr became the first American in space when he was sent up 115 miles above the earth where he stayed for 15 minutes.

General Events

1215 Rebel barons renounce their allegiance to King John of England — part of a chain of events leading to the signing of the Magna Carta

1760 The first public hanging took place in Tyburn in London, when Earl Ferrers was executed for murdering his steward.

1930 Amy Johnson took off from Croydon on her historic flight to Austalia. She would arrive 19 days later to become the first woman to make a solo flight from England to Australia.

1983 The discovery of a new comet was announced at a meeting in London of the Royal Society.

1995 Crime on the London Underground rose by 7% in 1994/1995. The London Tourist Board was demanding action from the police to stem the rise.

1997 John Redwood joined the battle for the Tory Party leadership, saying his resignation after his defeat by John Major in 1995 was a strength because he could not be blamed for any recent Tory failures.

1999 America suffered its first casualties of the Kosovan crisis when2 US Air Force pilots were killed as their Apache helicopter crashed on a training mission in Albania.

2005 A United Kingdom general election results in the re-election of Tony Blair’s Labour Party for a third consecutive term.

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