The son of the ousted dictator, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., won the Philippine presidential election by a landslide.
A nine-year-old boy died after being struck by lightning during a football coaching session in Blackpool, England.
The boy was taking part in a private coaching session when the lightning struck. He was taken to hospital but did not survive.
Justin Bieber made his first tweet at 8:27 pm, promoting his single “One Time.”
NASA’s Atlantis Space Shuttle launched on the final mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
STS-125 was the fifth mission to fly to the telescope and perform necessary servicing and upgrades. The mission was originally scheduled for 2006 but was canceled due to safety concerns following the Columbia shuttle disaster. It wasn’t until the head of NASA was replaced that the mission was put back into the schedule. Despite initial concerns, it went off without a hitch.
Following the Sega Saturn’s success in Japan, the console was released in North America on this day.
The “Grease” musical production opened at the Eugene O’ Neill Theater in New York City, running for 1,503 performances.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats,” based on poetry by T. S. Eliot, first premiered in the West End, London.
Margaret A Brewer became the first female general in the US Marine Corps.
Back then, the Marine Corp did not let women achieve a general ranking. However, President Carter made a special nomination to the grade of brigadier general that was approved by both houses of Congress. Margaret A Brewer was appointed the Director of Information, making her the first female general officer.
Natalie Cole released her debut album titled “Inseparable,” which went on to win two Grammys.
Monty Python was formed.
A taping of “Do Not Adjust Your Set” brought together comedians Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. It was the first time they had all been together simultaneously, and they went back to Cleese’s nearby apartment to discuss working together in the future.
Ellis Island was added to the Statue of Liberty National monument.
Henri Desgrange made the world’s first world record for a bicycle, reaching a speed of 21.95 miles per hour.
Minnesota became the 32nd state to join the United States of America.
US President James K. Polk asked Congress to declare war on Mexico.
The US Congress approved the declaration of war on May 13.
In Montreal, Canada, a fire broke out after an English merchant put fireplace ashes in his attic for soap-making – not knowing that the cinders were still hot.