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

USS Mervyn S. Bennion


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