May 5 Peace Love Activism

May 5 Peace Love Activism

May 5 Peace Love Activism

Native Americans

Sitting Bull

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May 5, 1877: nearly a year after the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Sitting Bull and a band of followers abandoned their traditional homeland in Montana and went north across the border into Canada hoping to find safe haven from the U.S. Army. Sitting Bull and his band stayed in the Grandmother's Country-so called in honor of the British Queen Victoria-for the next four years. (see Oct 5)

Immigration History

Chinese Exclusion Act

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May 5, 1892: four years after its enactment, the US Congress extended the Chinese Exclusion Act (see May 6, 1882) for 10 more years. (see March 28, 1898 ; Act, see December 17, 1943)

US Labor History

Milwaukee Iron Co Massacre

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May 5, 1896: approximately 14,000 building trades workers and laborers, demanding an 8-hour work day, gathered at the Milwaukee Iron Co. rolling mill in Bay View, Wisc. When they approached the mill 250 National Guardsmen, under orders from the governor to shoot to kill, fired on them. Seven die, including a 13-year-old boy. (see January 26, 1897)

Birth Control

Emma Goldman

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May 5, 1916: recently released from prison for speaking about birth control, Goldman spoke at a birth control meeting at Carnegie Hall, NYC. After the meeting, Rose Stokes stood on the stage and distributed birth control information. (see July 22, 1916)


Eugene Bullard

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May 5, 1917: Eugene Bullard became the first African-American combat pilot. Bullard, who came to France to escape racism, served in the French Flying Corps. After the United States joined the war, he attempted to join the U.S. military but was barred because of race. He became one of France's most decorated war heroes, earning the French Legion of Honor. (see May 28)

see SCOTTSBORO BOYS for full story

May 5, 1933: Ruby Bates, one of the two girls who initially claimed to have been raped by the “Scottsboro Boys” and appeared as a defense witness, declared at a public appearance the “the Scottsboro boys are innocent.” (SB, see May 8)
Malcolm X
May 5, 1962: Malcolm X speech, “Who Taught You to Hate Yourself.” (see , July 28, 1962)


Religion and Public Education
May 5, 1925: police arrested John Thomas Scopes a part-time biology teacher and coach from Dayton, Tennessee for violating Tennessee's Butler Act (see March 21, 1925) (Religion & Separation, see May 10)
Town of Greece v Galloway
May 5, 2014: in the Town of Greece v. Galloway the US Supreme Court upheld the town of Greece, New York’s practice of starting town meetings with official sectarian prayer. The practice was challenged by residents of Greece, N.Y. who objected to hearing government prayers, the vast majority of which were expressly Christian invocations, as a condition of attending public meetings. (see June 16)

Liberation  Day

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May 5, 1945: Netherlands independent from Nazi Germany. (see Aug 15)

see May 5 Music et al for more

Cultural Milestone

Carnegie Hall
May 5, 1891: Carnegie Hall (then named Music Hall) opened in New York City. (see June 9, 1902)
Roots of Rock
May 5, 1956:  Elvis Presley's album "Elvis" went to #1 on the Billboard chart. It was the first Rock and Roll album to ever reach #1. It stayed there for 10 weeks and it was also the first Rock and Roll LP to sell one million copies. (see June 2)
The Beatles
May 5, 1960: The Quarry Men became The Silver Beetles. (see May 10)
The Shirelles
May 5 – 25, 1962: “Soldier Boy” by The Shirelles #1 Billboard Hot 100.
West Side Story
May 5 – June 22, 1962: soundtrack to West Side Story was the Billboard #1 album.
Dick Rowe
May 5, 1963: on a recommendation by George Harrison, Dick Rowe Head of A&R at Decca records, (and the man who turned down The Beatles), went to see The Rolling Stones play at Crawdaddy Club, London. The band were signed to the label within a week. (see May 7)
Grateful Dead
May 5, 1965: the Warlocks  played their first show at Magoo's Pizza Parlor in Menlo Park, California. (see Nov 27)
Roots of Rock
May 5, 1986: it was announced that Cleveland had been chosen as the city where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would be built. (see May 7, 1991)
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Space Race

Alan Shepard

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May 5, 1961: Shepard commanded Freedom 7 on the first Mercury mission, becoming the first American in space. His ballistic trajectory during the 15-minute flight takes him to a maximum height of 116.5 statute miles. NASA announces, "The astronaut reports that he is A-OK," introducing a new phrase into the American lexicon. (see May 25)



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May 5, 1965: several hundred UC Berkeley students march on the Berkeley Draft Board and presented the staff with a black coffin. Forty students burned their draft cards. Students also protested the April 1965 US military invasion of Dominican Republic. (Draft Card Burning, see Aug 31, 1965; Vietnam, see May 8)

Irish Troubles

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May 5, 1981:  Bobby Sands, died aged 27. (see May 6)   

President Reagan

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May 5, 1985: President Reagan joined German Chancellor Helmut Kohl for a controversial funeral service at a cemetery in Bitburg, Germany, which included the graves of 59 S.S. troops from World War II.


May 5, 1993: The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled in Baehr v. Lewin that denying marriage to same-sex couples violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Hawaii Constitution. The case had been filed two years earlier on behalf of three same-sex couples - Ninia Baehr, Genora Dancel, Tammy Rodrigues, Antoinette Pregil, Pat Lagon, and Joseph Melilio. (Hawaii, see Novemeber 3, 1998; LGBTQ, see see July 5)

World Trade Center

May 5, 2010: preliminary plans for a mosque and cultural center near ground zero in New York were unveiled, setting off a national debate over whether the project was disrespectful to 9/11 victims and whether opposition to it exposed anti-Muslim biases. (see February 29, 2012)

Consumer Protection

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May 5, 2016: the Food and Drug Administration made final sweeping new rules that for the first time extend federal regulatory authority to e-cigarettes, popular nicotine delivery devices that had grown into a multibillion-dollar business with virtually no federal oversight or protections for American consumers. (see March 14, 2017)


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