Today in History, 5 May: What Happened on this Day?

What happened today in history (May 5): Jews were expelled from Speyer, Germany, King Charles I surrendered in Scotland, the first meeting of the French States General was held at Versailles, and more

This day in history: anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx

This day in history: anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx

Today in History, May 5: The weekend is just around the corner and we are sure you must be thinking of some interesting plans to make it happen even more. Before you start thinking about them, we are here to make your day more memorable by informing you about the events that happened today. That day the final episode of ‘Married With Children’ premiered on Fox TV, the first World Judo Championships were held in Tokyo and the peace treaty between Germany and Latvia was signed. Keep reading the article to know more.

Historical events on this day

  • In 1430, the Jews were expelled from Speyer, Germany.
  • In 1646, King Charles I surrendered in Scotland.
  • In 1788, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben was appointed Inspector General of the Continental Army by George Washington.
  • In 1614 the first meeting of the French States General was held in Versailles.
  • In 1809, Mary Kies became the first woman to issue a U.S. patent for straw weaving.
  • In 1816, the American Bible Society was organized in New York.
  • In 1847 the American Medical Association was organized.
  • In 1908, the American Great White Fleet arrived in San Francisco.
  • In 1920 the peace treaty was signed between Germany and Latvia.
  • In 1988, this day was celebrated as “Corky Lee Day” in honor of American photographer Corky Lee.

Sports events today

  • In 1930, cricket legend Don Bradman scored an unbeaten 185 runs in a tour match between Australia and Leicestershire.
  • In 1956 the first World Judo Championships were held in Tokyo.
  • In 1969, the Boston Celtics defeated the Lakers in the 23rd NBA Championship.

Art and culture events today

  • In 1997, the final episode of ‘Married With Children’ was released on Fox TV.
  • In 1999, Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw won the 34th Academy of Country Music Awards.
  • In 2018, Childish Gambino released a music video for a new single. ‘This is America.’

Notable deaths on this day


year of death




Napoleon Bonaparte was a French political and military leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and became Emperor of France from 1804 to 1814.



William Friese-Greene was a British inventor and film pioneer who was involved in various fields including photography, cinematography, and optics.



Walter Gotell was a German-British actor, best known for his role as General Gogol in several James Bond films. He began his career in the 1940s and then moved to the United Kingdom to continue his career.



George Rose was an English actor and singer, best known for his performances in ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘The Sound of Music’.



Dana Wynter was a German-born British actress, best known for her role in the 1956 science fiction film ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’.

Famous birthdays on this day


Year of birth




Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, and political theorist best known for his work on communism and socialism.



Pritilata Waddedar was an Indian Bengali revolutionary and nationalist who fought for India’s independence from British colonial rule.



Henry Cavill is a British actor best known for his role as Superman in the DC Extended Universe films, including ‘Man of Steel’ (2013) and ‘Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)’.



Adele is a British singer and songwriter known for her singles including ‘Chasing Pavements’ and ‘Hometown Glory’.



Christopher Maurice Brown is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor who rose to fame in 2005 with his debut single ‘Run It’.


These were the main events that happened on May 5. We publish articles like this every day. Keep reading them to stay updated.

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