On This Day

5th May

1215 – Rebel barons in England renounced their allegiance to King John — part of a chain of events leading to the signing of the Magna Carta.

1494 – Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Jamaica and claimed it for Spain. I think I'll try that next time I'm in Spain.

1821 – Emperor Napoleon I died in exile on the island of Saint Helena.

1921 - Coco Chanel introduced their famous perfume Chanel No. 5.

1925 – John T. Scopes was served with an arrest warrant for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.

1949 – The Treaty of London established the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

1955 – West Germany regained full sovereignty.

1964 – The Council of Europe declared May 5 as Europe Day.

1980 - The siege of the Iranian embassy in London came to an end after a raid by SAS commandos.

1981 - Bobby Sands died in the Maze prison 66 days after first refusing to eat.

2005 - British Prime Minister Tony Blair was elected to a third term.