31 fun facts for May, 5

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
May 5th is a day filled with history, ranging from the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo and the first manned US space mission to the first indoor football game and the introduction of comic book character Wonder Woman. It also marks important international awareness campaigns like World Hand Hygiene Day and International Midwives' Day.
31 Fun facts
  1. May 5th is celebrated as Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday commemorating the victory of the Mexican Army over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The day has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture, customs, and cuisine, particularly in the United States.
  2. On May 5th, 1961, the United States launched its first manned space mission. Astronaut Alan Shepard piloted the Freedom 7 spacecraft in a 15-minute suborbital flight, becoming the first American to travel into space.
  3. The first indoor football game took place on May 5th, 1896, in Madison Square Garden, New York City. The contest featured teams from Yale and Chicago, with Yale emerging as the victorious team.
  4. On May 5th, 1809, Mary Kies became the first American woman to be granted a patent, for her technique of weaving straw with silk to make hats. This innovation revolutionized the hat-making industry.
  5. In 1941, comic book character Wonder Woman was introduced to the world in All-Star Comics #8. Wonder Woman has since become a feminist icon and one of the most popular superheroes of all time.
  6. May 5th is also known as World Hand Hygiene Day, an important annual reminder initiated by the World Health Organization to promote proper handwashing to prevent the spread of diseases and infections.
  7. The first edition of The New York Times was published on May 5th, 1864. Today, it is considered one of the most prestigious newspapers in the world.
  8. May 5th is the day when the first transcontinental train arrived in San Francisco in 1869, drastically reducing travel time between the east and west coasts of the United States.
  9. On May 5th, 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the remote island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. He was one of the most famous generals and emperors in European history.
  10. The first televised White House address was made by President Harry S. Truman on May 5th, 1947, marking a pivotal moment in communication between the American government and the public.
  11. May 5th is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in the United States, an effort to draw attention to the ongoing violence and discrimination faced by Indigenous women.
  12. On May 5th, 1966, the Beatles released their song "Paperback Writer," which went on to become one of their most successful singles and helped the band maintain its status as a global musical phenomenon.
  13. May 5th is also celebrated as International Midwives' Day, recognizing the invaluable work of midwives in promoting maternal and newborn health worldwide.
  14. On May 5th, 1904, Cy Young threw the first perfect game in modern baseball history. Young, who played for the Boston Americans, achieved this remarkable feat in a game against the Philadelphia Athletics.
  15. May 5th is observed as World Portuguese Language Day, which honors the global importance and the diverse literary traditions of the Portuguese language.
  16. The first edition of the Communist Manifesto was published in England on May 5th, 1848. The influential text, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, became a seminal work in the development of communism as a political ideology.
  17. May 5th is the day the Council of Europe was founded in 1949. The Council serves as the continent's leading organization for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law, with 47 member countries.
  18. On May 5th, 1980, the British SAS successfully rescued 19 hostages from the Iranian Embassy in London, in what has become known as the Iranian Embassy Siege.
  19. May 5th marks the feast day of Saint Jutta of Kulmsee, a 13th-century German noblewoman who became a hermit and established a priory for religious women.
  20. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is responsible for the prestigious Oscars, held its first meeting on May 5th, 1927.
  21. On May 5th, 1945, a Japanese balloon bomb, designed to cause forest fires in the United States, accidentally killed six people, making them the only civilian fatalities on the continental US during World War II.
  22. May 5th is National Cartoonists Day in the United States, which celebrates the talented artists who create comic strips, animations, and other types of cartoons that entertain people around the world.
  23. On May 5th, 2004, Pablo Picasso's painting "Boy with a Pipe" was sold at auction for a then-record $104 million.
  24. May 5th is the day when the first outdoor radio broadcast occurred in 1921. The broadcast featured opera singer Enrico Caruso and inventor Lee de Forest in a performance at the Victory Memorial Arch in New York City.
  25. On May 5th, 1955, West Germany became a sovereign nation after signing an accord with the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, and regaining control over its domestic and foreign affairs.
  26. May 5th is observed as International Day of the Midwife, which raises awareness about the crucial work midwives perform to ensure safe childbirth and reduce maternal mortality worldwide.
  27. On May 5th, 1936, Jesse Owens set a world record with a long jump of 26 feet, 8.25 inches, demonstrating his exceptional athletic ability ahead of his historic performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
  28. May 5th marks the day when Indian spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda introduced Hindu philosophy to Americans at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893.
  29. The Buenos Aires Tragedy, a large-scale fire in Argentina, occurred on May 5th, 1897. The tragic event claimed over 300 lives, making it one of the deadliest fires in history.
  30. On May 5th, 1981, Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands died after a 66-day hunger strike while in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland, igniting international attention and protests.
  31. May 5th is National Hoagie Day in the United States, which celebrates the famous sandwich typically consisting of meat, cheese, and vegetables on a long roll of Italian or French bread.