On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
Astronaut Alan Shepard pilots the Freedom 7 Mercury capsule in a 15-minute suborbital flight, becoming the first American in space.
Garth Brooks is named artist of the decade at the 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in the modern history of baseball.
Tennessee educator John Scopes is charged with teaching the theory of evolution. The infamous Monkey Trial ended in a guilty verdict and a $100 fine.
Jacques Chirac is reelected as president of France, winning 82 percent of the vote.
Singer Justin Timberlake undergoes surgery to remove nodules on his vocal cords.
Born on This Day
Born: May 5, 1988
Age: 25 years old
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
1818 | 64 years old
Historian, Economist, Journalist
1942 | 55 years old
Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Born: May 5, 1989
Age: 24 years old
Birthplace: Tappahannock, Virginia, United States
Occupation: Dancer, Singer
1813 | 42 years old
Philosopher, Critic, Theologian, Writer
1959 | 54 years old
Died on This Day
Died: May 5, 1821
Age: 51 years old
Place: St. Helena (island in the South Atlantic Ocean) , United Kingdom
Occupation: Military Leader, Political Leader, ...
1971 | 84 years old
1883 | 93 years old
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