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It happened on a… May 5

2021

Canada is the first country to authorize the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds.

2018

Electric cigarette explodes killing a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, first death from a vaping product.

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2016

Fort McMurray wildfires: Canadian province of Alberta declares a state of emergency as evacuation of 80,000 people continues.

1971

“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast.

1969

Milwaukee Bucks sign #1 NBA Draft pick, star UCLA center Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).

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1962

West Side Story soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks.

1961

Alan Shepard became the first American in space when he made a 15 minute suborbital flight.

1956

Elvis Presley scored his first US No.1 single and album when ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ went to the top of the charts. ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ became his first million-seller, and was the best-selling single of 1956.

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1922

Construction begins on Yankee Stadium (Bronx).

1921

Perfume Chanel No. 5 released by fashion designer Coco Chanel.

1904

Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the avenue, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.

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1821

Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena, where he had been in exile.

1494

Christopher Columbus sighted Jamaica on his second trip to the Western Hemisphere. He named the island Santa Gloria.

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It happened on a… May 18

2020

US President Donald Trump confirms he is taking controversial drug hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19.

2018

All of Chile’s 34 Roman Catholic bishops offer their resignation to Pope Francis in wake of child sex scandal.

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2001

DreamWorks Pictures “Shrek”, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts.

1999

“Millennium” 3rd studio album by the Backstreet Boys is released – one of the best-selling albums of all time, over 30 million copies sold.

1995

“Braveheart” directed by Mel Gibson and starring Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau premieres at the Seattle Film Festival (Best Picture 1996).

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1980

Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

1970

Beatles’ last released LP, “Let It Be”, released in US.

1951

The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.

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1756

The Seven Years’ War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.

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Éphémérides

It happened on a… May 18

2020

US President Donald Trump confirms he is taking controversial drug hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19.

2018

All of Chile’s 34 Roman Catholic bishops offer their resignation to Pope Francis in wake of child sex scandal.

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2001

DreamWorks Pictures “Shrek”, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts.

1999

“Millennium” 3rd studio album by the Backstreet Boys is released – one of the best-selling albums of all time, over 30 million copies sold.

1995

“Braveheart” directed by Mel Gibson and starring Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau premieres at the Seattle Film Festival (Best Picture 1996).

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1982

Bombardier Inc. wins $1 billion contract to build 825 subway cars for New York; largest-ever export contract for a Canadian manufacturer.

1980

Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

1970

Beatles’ last released LP, “Let It Be”, released in US.

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1951

The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.

1873

Opening of the St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary in Montreal.

1756

The Seven Years’ War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.

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It happened on a… May 17

2018

Michigan State University will pay $500 million in claims to 300 survivors of sexual abuse involving Larry Nassar. Largest sexual abuse case in sports history.

2015

Gun fight between rival biker gangs and police in Waco, Texas leaves 9 dead and 18 injured. 170 later arrested for organised crime.

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2009

Video game Minecraft is first released to the public while in development.

1990

The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases.

1973

Stevie Wonder releases “You are the Sunshine of my Life”.

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Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.

1964

First Tim Horton’s coffee and donut shop opens in Hamilton, Ontario by NHL player Tim Horton.

1875

The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, KY.

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1792

The New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers.

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