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Calendar for May 5th, 2012

Cinco de Mayo

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, "The Fifth of May", celebrates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. France’s Napoleon III wanted to establish a French empire in Mexico. On May 5, 1862, his well-trained army was defeated at the Battle of Puebla by a smaller force of Mexican militia. The events of May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) unified the Mexican people during a long struggle to maintain their independence. Today, Mexicans and Mexican-Americans celebrate the outcome of the battle with parades, festivals, and music.


  • Born 1813: Søren Kierkegaard (philosopher)

  • Born 1818: Karl Marx (philosopher)

  • 1820s

  • Died 1821: Napoleon I of France

  • 1860s

  • Born 1864: Nellie Bly (journalist)

  • 1900s

  • 1900: The Billboard (later known as just Billboard) magazine began weekly publication

  • Born 1903: James Beard (chef & food writer)

  • 1904: Cy Young became the fist major league pitcher in baseball's modern era to throw a "perfect" game

  • 1910s

  • Born 1915: Alice Faye (actress)

  • 1920s

  • 1921: Chanel No. 5 introduced

  • Born 1926: Ann B. Davis (actress)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1942: Tammy Wynette (country musician)

  • Born 1943: Michael Palin (actor)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1970: Will Arnett (actor)

  • 1973: Kilauea erupted

  • 1980s

  • Died 1981: Bobby Sands (IRA activist)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Hugo Banzer (former president of Bolivia)

  • 2004: Picasso's Boy With a Pipe set a new world record for the most expensive painting ever sold at auction when it soared to $104,168,000 at Sotheby's. The price, which included the auction house's commission, easily eclipsed the old mark of $82.5 million set by van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet," which had stood since 1990

  • Died 2008: Irvine Robbins (co-founder of Baskin-Robbins)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2011: Claude Stanley Choules (the last known combat veteran of World War I died at the age of 110)

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