What Happened on May 5


Historical Events

1905 – Robert S Abbott published 1st issue of newspaper “Chicago Defender”
1924 – Unions terminate Twentse textile strike
1925 – Yankee Everett Scott is benched, ending his 1,307-game playing streak
1951 – “Out of This World” closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 performances
1966 – Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Montreal Canadiens earn back-to-back titles; beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 in OT for a 4-2 series victory
1984 – 29th Eurovision Song Contest: Herreys for Sweden wins singing “Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley” in Luxembourg

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Famous Birthdays

1906 – Ursula Jeans, British actress (Cavalcade, Over the Moon, I Lived With You), born in Simla, British India (d. 1973)
1914 – Frank Carlson, American jazz and session drummer (Woody Herman, 1937-42 – “The Golden Wedding”), born in New York City (d. 1996)
1923 – Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (deeply engaged with issues that were central to the visual arts), born in London (d. 2003)
1940 – Lucy Simon, American folk singer-songwriter (Simon Sisters), Grammy Award-winning record producer (In Harmony) and theater composer (The Secret Garden; Doctor Zhivago), born in New York City (d. 2022)
1952 – Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2005)
1978 – Santiago Cabrera, Venezuelan-Chilean-British actor (Isaac Mendez – Heroes), born in Caracas, Venezuela

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Famous Deaths

984 – Gerberga of Saxony, Queen of Western Francia
1964 – Howard Zahniser, American environmental activist (father of Wilderness Act), dies of heart failure at 58
1979 – Shirley O’Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
1983 – John Williams, British actor (Family Affair, Dial M for Murder), dies at 80
1995 – Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian influential World Chess Champion, dies at 83
2011 – Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player, 1948-58, and manager, 1958-89, dies at 86

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