In 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army in the Battle of Puebla; this day is celebrated as Mexico's Cinco de Mayo holiday. In 1891, New York's Carnegie Hall (then called the Music Hall) had its grand opening, with Tchaikovsky as guest conductor. In 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into space.
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-55), philosopher; Karl Marx (1818-83), philosopher; Nellie Bly (1864-1922), journalist; Tyrone Power (1914-58), actor; John Sweeney (1934- ), labor leader; Tammy Wynette (1942-98), singer/songwriter; John Rhys-Davies (1944- ), actor; Brian Williams (1959- ), TV journalist; Henry Cavill (1983- ), actor; Adele (1988- ), singer; Chris Brown (1989- ), singer
In 1904, Cy Young pitched the first perfect game in modern MLB history.
The Beatles performed at Carnegie Hall during their first U.S. tour in 1964.
"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce." – Karl Marx