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This Day

Thursday throw back to yesteryear!  This day May 5 in:

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.  (Love this woman)

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.  (Wow 66 days without eating)

2004 – Pablo Picasso’s “Boy with a Pipe” became the most expensive painting ever sold.

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