In 1809, Mary Kies became the first woman to receive a U.S. patent, for a weaving technique.
In 1821, exiled former French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte died in British custody on the island of Saint Helena.
In 1862, the Mexican army halted the invading French army in the Battle of Puebla. This day would later be celebrated as the “Cinco de Mayo” holiday.
In 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into outer space.
In 1994, 18-year-old American Michael P. Fay was caned in Singapore as punishment for theft and vandalism.