Today in History for 5th May 2022

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Historical Events

1921 – Perfume Chanel No. 5 released by fashion designer Coco Chanel
1947 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King’s Men)
1981 – After 66 days on hunger strike, 26 year old Provisional IRA member and British MP Bobby Sands dies in the Maze Prision. Nine more hunger strikers die in the next 3 months.
2015 – “Traveller” debut album by Chris Stapleton is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album, 2016; Billboard Album of the Year, 2016)
2017 – Anna Wintour, the editor of US Vogue, is made a dame by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace
2021 – A week of mass protests and demonstrations against government tax reform and poverty in Colombia leaves 24 dead

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Famous Birthdays

1352 – Rupert, King of Germany (1400-10), born in Amberg, Germany (d. 1410)
1741 – John Archer, American Congressman who received the 1st medical diploma issued on US continent (1768), born near Churchville, Maryland (d. 1810)
1804 – Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1886)
1918 – Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, born in Davila, Texas (d. 1995)
1935 – Edward “Kidd” Jordan, American jazz saxophonist and music educator, born in Crowley, New Orleans
1973 – Matt Dubuc, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts), born in Montreal, Quebec

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Famous Deaths

1672 – Samuel Cooper, English painter (b. 1609)
1801 – Philippe-Lambert-Joseph Spruyt, Flemish painter and engraver, dies at 74
1921 – Alfred Hermann Fried, German pacifist (Nobel 1911-co-founder of the German peace movement), dies at 56
1995 – Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington, British engineer (float glass), dies at 75
1998 – Syd Lawrence, British bandleader (Syd Lawrence Orchestra), dies at 74
2011 – Claude Choules, last surviving World War I veteran (b. 1901)

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