It happened on this day, May 5


1260 – Kublai Khan seizes power over the Mongol Empire.

1494 – Explorer Christopher Columbus discovers Jamaica.

1762 – Signing of the “Treaty of Saint Petersburg” between the Russian Empire and Prussia.

1808 – The canton of Aargau in Switzerland abolishes the citizenship of followers of the Jewish religion.

1835 – Opening of the first railway line in continental Europe linking Mechelen and Brussels in Belgium.

1871 – Algerian mujahid Muhammad Al-Maqrani is killed on the battlefield near the town of Bouira.

1893 – The New York Stock Exchange collapses, causing a major economic depression.

1916 – The United States invades the Dominican Republic.

1931 – Foundation of the Association of Algerian Muslim Scholars.

1936 – Italian forces occupy Addis Ababa.

1940 – Norwegian refugees during World War II form a government in exile in London.

1941 – Ethiopia declares independence with the return of Emperor Haile Selassie.

1943 – Installation of Al-Amin Bey bin Muhammad Al-Habib as king of Tunisia.

(1945-British and Canadian forces liberate the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi Germany's occupation after their forces surrendered to them near the end of World War II

1949 – Belgium, Denmark, France, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of London, which creates the Council of Europe, and the city of Strasbourg was chosen as the seat of the Council.

1950 – Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself king of Thailand.

1955 – West Germany gains full sovereignty and is declared an independent state as the Federal Republic of Germany.

1980 – British special forces storm the Iranian embassy in London.

2006 – The Sudanese government signs an agreement with the Sudan Liberation Movement.

2010 – Announcement of the death of Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua after a long battle with illness during which he ceded power to his deputy, Goodluck Jonathan.

2011 – An Egyptian court sentences former Interior Minister Habib Al-Adly to 12 years in prison for illegal profiteering and money laundering, making it the first conviction handed down against a former regime official before the January 25 Revolution.

2016 – A massive fire in Canada forces tens of thousands of residents to flee the city of Fort McMurray.

2018 – The InSight space probe was successfully launched to Mars.

2019 – Social Democrats candidate Stevo Pendarovski wins the second round of the presidential elections in the Republic of North Macedonia with 53.59%. The candidate of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (Socialist), Laurentino Cortizo, wins the presidential elections in Panama with 33.27%.

✴️ Russian plane Aeroflot Flight 1492 made an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo International Airport shortly after takeoff because it caught fire, killing 41 of the 78 passengers on board.



1747 – Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor.

1813 – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher.

1818 – Karl Marx, German philosopher.

1826 – Empress Eugénie, wife of Emperor Napoleon III.

1845 – Youssef Bakhos, Ottoman Lebanese journalist, linguist and poet.

1846 – Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1905.

1868 – Emile Chassignat, French Egyptologist.

1880 – George Abyad, Egyptian artist of Lebanese origin.

1883 – Archibald Wavell, British soldier.

1906 – Firdaus Muhammad, Egyptian actress.

1923 – Mikhail Yegorov, Soviet soldier during World War II.

1926 – Hossam El-Din Mostafa, Egyptian director.

1940 – Lance Henriksen, American actor.

1950 – Kokoush, Iranian singer.

1962 – Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of Somalia.

** Kaoru Wada, Japanese composer.

1964 – Tom Rhys, American writer and historian.

1967 – Takehito Koyasu, as Japanese voice actor.

1977 – Asmaa Safaa, Iraqi actress.

1978 – Bruno Cherou, French footballer.

1979 – Hind, Bahraini singer.

1981 – Craig David, English singer.

** Azhar Al-Halwaji, Emirati actress

1985 – Youssef Al-Salem, Saudi footballer.

1988 – Adele, English singer.

1991 – Sumoud, Kuwaiti actress.



1821 – Napoleon Bonaparte, French leader.

1871 – Muhammad Al-Maqrani, Algerian mujahid.

1921 – Alfred Herrmann, Austrian peace activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1911.

(1945-Abdullah Al-ZayedBahraini journalist and poet

1959 – Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1936.

2006 – George Ephrem, Lebanese politician.

2007 – Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, governor of Mecca Al-Mukarramah region.

** Hassan Al-Karmi, Palestinian writer and journalist.

2010 – Umaru Yar'Adua, President of Nigeria.

2017 – Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, former president of Mauritania.

2019 – Rabah Muhanna, Palestinian doctor and politician.

2020 – Muhammad Mahmoud Al-Talawi, captain of the Egyptian Readers' Union.


Holidays and Occasions:

◀️ Martyrs' Day in Albania.

◀️ Liberation Day in Denmark, the Netherlands and Ethiopia.

◀️ Buddha's Birthday in Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan.

◀️ Boys’ Day in Japan.

◀️ Teachers’ Day in Yemen.

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