Lost and Found – May 5th Edition

What to remember about May 5th…

  • 1821  Former French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte dies in exile on island of St. Helena (b. 1769)
  • 1862  Small force of Mexican troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt French invasion in Battle of Puebla, recognized as Cinco de Mayo – this is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day
  • 1887  Medal of Honor recipient Captain Mervyn Sharp Bennion (USN) is born in Utah (d. Dec.7, 1941); destroyer named in his honor
  • 1891  With Tchaikovsky as guest conductor, the Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance
  • 1934  Women Haters is 1st short film released starring The Three Stooges; they will go on to do more than 190
  • 1945  Canadian and UK troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark when German troops surrender
  • 1946  International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo, 28 Japanese military and government officials are accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity
  • 1961  Aboard Mercury-Redstone 3, Alan Sheppard becomes 1st American in space
  • 1987  Congress begins televised hearings in the Iran-Contra Affair
  • UPDATE:  2015  Muslim roommates attempt a mass shooting at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, TX.  Seeking to disrupt the “First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest”, both perpetrators were killed before they could enter the packed auditorium.

USS Mervyn S. Bennion

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