May 5

1809

Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.

1821

Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena.

1891

Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.

1925

John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwinism.

1961

Alan Shepard became the first American in space.

1981

Bobby Sands of the Irish Republican Army died in a prison hospital on the 66th day of his hunger strike.

2004

Pablo Picasso's "Boy with a Pipe" became the most expensive painting ever sold.

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