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Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, which took place in
Mexico on May 5, 1862. The battle was part of the Franco-Mexican War,
which began as a result of new Mexican President Benito Juarez defaulting
on the country’s loans from European governments. Britain, France and
Spain sent troops to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and
Spain eventually withdrew, but France continued its advance, hoping to
carve out a territory of Mexico for itself. France sent 6,000 troops to attack
the small town of Puebla de Los Angeles in east central Mexico. Juarez
responded by sending 2,000 men. Though they were outnumbered, the
Mexican army was victorious over the French. However, it would be
another five years before the French would withdraw from Mexico
completely. The first record of a Cinco de Mayo celebration appeared in
an article in a newspaper in Columbia, Calif. three days after the Battle
of Puebla. Big parties commemorating the Mexican military victory took
place.

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Alan Shepard became the first American in space when he made a
15 minute suborbital flight on this day in 1961.

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Napoléon Bonaparte (August 15, 1769 – May 5, 1821)

Napoleon was a French statesman and military leader who rose to
prominence during the
French Revolution and led several successful
campaigns
during the French Revolutionary Wars. He was Emperor
of the French
from 1804 until 1814.

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Death of Napoleon the Great, French engraving from 1828.

Gold-framed portrait painting of a gaunt middle-aged man with receding hair and laurel wreath, lying eyes-closed on white pillow with a white blanket covering to his neck and a gold Jesus cross resting on his chest
Napoleon on his death bed. It is said       
he died of stomach cancer.


Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides.

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Karl Marx  (May 5, 1818 – March 14, 1883)

Karl Marx was a renowned German political theorist,
philosopher, and economist. He penned both Das
Kapital and The Communist Manifesto. He attended
both the University
of Bonn and the University of
Berlin.

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A bust of Karl Marx at the garden of the Karl
Marx House museum in Trier, Germany.

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Robert Gerard Sands (March 9, 1954 – May 5, 1981)


Bobby Sands (member of the provisional IRA – Irish
Republican Army: died following a hunger strike on
this day in 1981.

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Music Hall was dedicated in New York City on this day in 1891. It was later renamed Carnegie Hall.

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A ticket from the opening-night concert.

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