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.