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Day in History: 1961-Shepard 1st American in Space; 1973-Secretariat Wins Derby

By: AP
By: AP
Today in History
   Today is Sunday, May 5, the 125th day of 2013. There are 240 days left in the year.
In 1862, Mexican troops defeated French occupying forces in the Battle of Puebla. (The Cinco de Mayo holiday commemorates Mexico

40 years ago - Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby in record time, en route to become the first Triple Crown winner in horse racing since 1948.

Today's Highlight in History:
On May 5, 1813, Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, considered the father of existentialism, was born in Copenhagen.
On this date:
In 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, 51, died in exile on the island of St. Helena.
In 1891, New York's Carnegie Hall (then named "Music Hall") had its official opening night.
In 1936, the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, fell to Italian invaders.
In 1941, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie returned to Addis Ababa after the Italians were driven out with the help of Allied forces.
In 1942, wartime sugar rationing began in the United States.
In 1955, West Germany became a fully sovereign state. The baseball musical "Damn Yankees" opened on Broadway.
In 1981, Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland in his 66th day without food.
In 1987, the congressional Iran-Contra hearings opened with former Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord (SEE'-kohrd) the lead-off witness.


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