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Notable Historical Events for May 5th

1992Country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection

1925Ty Cobb goes 6 for 6, (16 total bases)

1877Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.

1969Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)

1494On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica

1834Charles Darwin's expedition begins at Rio Santa Cruz

1966Willie Mays hit his 512th HR

1930Bradman scores 185* Aust v Leicestershire, 317 mins, 16 fours

1646King Charles I surrenders at Scotland

1945World War II: Admiral Karl Dönitz, leader of Germany after Hitler's death, orders all U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to their bases.

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Notable Birthdays on May 5th

1943Michael Palin, Sheffield England, comedian (Monty Python, Fish Called Wanda)

1921Arthur Leonard Schawlow, Mount Vernon, New York, American physicist, shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers

1942Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], Redbay Alabama, country singer (Stand by your Man), (d. 1998)

1988Adele [Adele Laurie Blue Adkins], Tottenham, London, English singer (Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You)

1981Craig David, Southhampton England, English singer (7 Days, Insomnia)

1747Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1792)

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Notable Weddings on May 5th

1885Author Gerhart Hauptmann (22) weds Marie Thienemann

1761Jurist William Blackstone (37) weds Sarah Clitherow

1940Actress Mary Martin (26) weds producer Richard Halliday (35)

2000Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie (24) weds actor Billy Bob Thornton (44) at The Little Church of The West Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

1964Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella (41) weds long-time friend Roxie Joynes

2007"Scream" actress Neve Campbell (33) weds actor John Light (32) in Malibu

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Notable Deaths on May 5th

1821French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1799-1815), dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena

1951Leo Diegel, American golfer, dies of throat and lung cancer at 52

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