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May 5th: This Day in American History

Today I want to touch on some significant historical events in American history.  Yes I know that today is cinco de mayo, but this is the United States of America and this is my tribute to her.  I also know that I’ll probably be called some type of racist because I’m an American acknowledging historical American events but I really don’t care.  So below are a collection of those American events that happened on May 5th.

1780 – 2nd oldest learned society in US (American Academy of Arts & Sciences) forms (Boston).

1816 – American Bible Society organized (NY)

1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
1866 – Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.

1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.

1893 – Panic of 1893: Great crash on NY Stock Exchange.

1925 – Scopes Trial: serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
1945 – World War II: US Army troops liberate the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria.

1961 – The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outerspace, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes.

1992 – Ratification by Alabama brings into effect the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

1994 – American teenager Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism, a punishment that the United States deemed to be excessive for a teenager committing a non-violent crime.
God bless the USA.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • TRESTIN MEACHAM May 5, 2010 at 4:02 AM

    Bravo! The 5th of May is not an American holiday!

  • USAWatchmen May 5, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Creo que soy racista! Just kidding John.
    Dont forget Obama's hero was born on May 5th, 1818 – Karl Marx

  • Teresa May 5, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Wonderful recap of events in American history!

  • Gorges Smythe May 5, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Maybe King Barrack will make those events the center of an AMERICAN version of Cinco de Mayo! I think I'll hold my breathe and wait and see.

  • Anonymous May 5, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Interesting post. Props to the American Bible society and the liberation of the concentration camp

  • Anonymous May 5, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    You know i wanted to input something here, but seeing Gorges comment makes me want to vote Obama2012.

  • John Carey May 5, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Thanks Trestin. Just wanted to remind people that the United States has done some good stuff in its young history.

  • John Carey May 5, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    You know USA I did know it was Karl Marx's b-day, I was just trying to keep it a free and liberty loving post…lol.

  • John Carey May 5, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Thanks for dropping by Teresa. We need to remind ourselves every now an than that our own history still matters.

  • John Carey May 5, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Thanks for the comments Gorges.

  • John Carey May 5, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Thanks for the comments Anonymous 1. I think Alan Shepard orbiting the Earth is a pretty big one too.

  • Matt May 5, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Perspective is always a good thing. Today is a good day in history. Also a tragic one, with the Wilderness and the concentration camp. Thanks for this post John

  • John Carey May 6, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Thanks for dropping by Matt.