This day in history: May 5

This day in history: May 5

Each of the events below occurred on the same date in history, May 5.

1821: French Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on island of Saint Helena at age 51.

1862: Mexican troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt French invasion in Battle of Puebla in Mexico.

1865: Confederate government is dissolved in final cabinet meeting at Heard House in Washington, Georgia.

1942: Singer-songwriter Tammy Wynette is born in Tremont, Mississippi.

1961: Alan Shepard becomes first American in space with 15-minute suborbital flight aboard Freedom 7.

1973: Secretariat takes first leg of Triple Crown with 2 1/2 length win of Kentucky Derby. Record time of 1:59 2/5 stands today.

1986: Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun announces Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be built in Cleveland, Ohio.

1988: Singer-songwriter Adele (Adele Laurie Blue Adkins) is born in Tottenham, London, England.

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