Today in Hystery May 5th

On this day in 1382, the Battle of Beverhoutsveld took place in Belgium. It was the townsfolk of the city of Ghent versus the King’s army who had all been drinking heavily before coming on the battlefield. The King’s army got hammered…twice!

On this day in 1865, the first train robbery in the United States took place in North Bend Ohio. “Shocking!” people said, “Unheard of!” “What, a train robbery?” “No, a train.”

On this day in 1877, during the Indian Wars, the great chief Sitting Bull led his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army. He was welcomed with open arms in Canada and allowed to stay proving that Canada can handle a little Bull once in a while.

On this day in 1891, it was one of those days you wished you’d been around for.  Carnegie Hall opened in New York and the performance that night had a guest conductor named Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. That would have been exciting, one of those great moments, like being in the room when George W. Bush said, “I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.”

On this day 1921, a miniature newspaper was published in Michigan. The Brighton Gazette was 4 inches wide and 5 inches high. People didn’t like it. They said you needed a powerful magnifying glass to check out the Sunshine Girl on page 3.

On this day in 1925, John T. Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee. You have to remember that in Tennessee they believed that Adam had sex with his cousin Eve and that’s when the banjo was invented.

On this day in 1941, Chanel No. 5 was first released. It took a lot of experimenting to get to that day. Chanel No.1 through 3 smelled like old running shoes. Chanel No. 4 was not bad but if you wore it on the street, cats followed you home at night. Hence, they got to Chanel No. 5. Success at last!

If your birthday is May 5th, you share it with Karl Marx who was born on this day in 1818. Just to get you ready for the next Trivial Pursuit game, you should know who Karl Marx is. He is the philosopher who wrote the Communist Manifesto, not the fourth Marx brother who never showed up for the photos.

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