Wednesday, May 5, 2010


1897 - A Council of War is formed by the power-grabbing camp of Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy, head of a new revolutionary body supposedly superseding the the secret-society-turned-revolutionary-government Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan nang manga Anak nang Bayan,  to pass judgment on  Andres Bonifacio y de Castro, Katipunan co-founder and Supreme President, during the Philippine Revolution against Spanish colonial rule; on April 28, the Supremo, along with his brother Procopio, was seized and brought to Naic, Cavite after Aguinaldo's men on treacherously attacked the Supremo's camp despite the warm reception given them by the Katipunan leader the night before. 
1955 - American virologist Dr. Jonas Salk promotes polio vaccination in London, Britain in the year that would mark the beginning of widespread vaccination against the crippling disease; the Salk anti-polio vaccine will soon be replaced by the orally administered Sabin vaccine, a weakened live vaccine, by the 1960s.

1961 - The United States sends the first American astronaut, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., to space during 15-minute suborbital flight aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule; the shuttle reaches a height of 116 miles into the Earth's atmosphere, representing a major achievement for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that has, until now, been unable to score in the Cold War space race between the US and the Soviet Union.

1980 - The siege by SAS commandos of the Iranian embassy in London ends in a dramatic raid, with five Iranian gunmen and one hostage being killed, two hostages injured and  one gunman being arrested; the gunmen, members of the dissident Iranian group opposed to Ayatollah Khomeini, the religious leader who seized power last year,
have demanded the release of 91 political prisoners held by their government.

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