This was 125th day of the year and 240 days remained in the year.
May 5 in History
Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.
Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
Bobby Sands of the Irish Republican Army died in a prison hospital on the 66th day of his hunger strike.
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