Happy Cinco de Mayo, the annual celebration of the unexpected defeat of the French army by Troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza during the Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla) in Mexico on May 5, 1862. In the U.S., the date has come to celebrate the Mexican-American culture.

California leads the way, becoming the first U.S. state mandating solar on new homes OC Register

Carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere reach ‘highest level in 800,000 years‘ – Independent

John McCain Shares Memories and Regrets With Friends – NY Times

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May 5

1821Napoleon dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.

1866Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.

1877: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota people into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army.

1945: Liberation Day in the Netherlands: Canadian General Charles Foulkes and the German Commander-in-Chief Johannes Blaskowitz reached an agreement on the capitulation of German forces in the Netherlands.

1961: Commander Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space aboard Mercury 3, becoming the first American Astronaut.

1973: Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5, an as-yet unbeaten record. The jockey was Canadian Ron Turcotte, of Drummond, New Brunswick.