May 5 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1813 - Soren Kierkegaard, Philosopher and Theologian
1818 - Karl Marx, Philosopher
1908 - Rex Harrison, Actor

Lefties:
None known

Historical Events


1726 - George Frideric Handel's opera Alessandro premieres at London's King's Theatre.

1891 - Carnegie Hall, then Music Hall, has its opening night in New York. Piotr Tchaikovsky is guest conductor.


1893 - Panic hits the New York Stock Exchange that causes many European investors to withdraw from U.S. interests. About 500 banks and 15,000 companies go bankrupt as a result.

1941 - Benjamin Britten's first opera, Paul Bunyan, if first sung in New York City at Columbia Uiversity; the text is by W.H. Auden.

1961 - Alan Shepard, flying the Freedom 7 capsule as part of the Mercury space exploration program, becomes the first American to travel in space.

1962 - The West Side Story soundtrack goes to number one in the U.S. and stays there for 54 weeks.

1980 - At the Iranian Embassy in London, a siege ends as British commandos and police storm the building.

1987 - The U.S. Congress opens hearings into the Iran-Contra affair. It is about a secret arrangement to provide funds to the Nicaraguan Contra rebels from profits gained by selling arms to Iran. Ronald Reagan was U.S. president.  





Resources:
1. Asiado, Tel. The World's Movers and Shapers. New Hampshire: Ore Mountain Publishing House (2005)
2. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 19th Ed. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011
3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timestables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)



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