May 5, 1862
Mexican forces, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Segu-n, defeat French occupational forces at the Battle of Puebla.
May 5, 1981
Irish-Catholic prisoner Bobby Sands dies after refusing to eat for 66 days in protest of his imprisonment in Britain.
May 6, 1954
Roger Bannister, a 25-year-old Oxford medical student, broke the four-minute mile with a time of 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds.