The first conviction in UK based on fingerprint evidence

May 5, 1905 London, England The Stratton brothers' trial begins, known today as the first defendants convicted in Great Britain based on fingerprint evidence Albert and Alfred Stratton, wearing masks made of woolen stockings (pictured), somehow convinced store owner Thomas Farrow (71) to let them in, demonstrated in court by the lack of any forced…

6 killed in Oregon by stray Japanese balloon bomb

May 5, 1945 Bly, Oregon A pregnant woman and 5 children are killed by a Japanese balloon bomb The bombs were sent by the Japanese military to the western coasts of the United States and Canada. The intent was to have a cheap, efficient, and stealthy weapon utilizing the jet streams over the Pacific Ocean…

Several shot during protests at iron mill (1886)

May 5, 1886 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Laborers demanding an eight-hour workday join in protest at the Milwaukee Iron Company rolling mill Four days earlier, approximately 12,000 laborers joined in protest at the rolling mill; the total in attendance swelled a few thousand more by the climax of the protest, including children. The goal of the protest…

Happy birthday, Lance Henriksen

Happy birthday, Lance Henriksen Born May 5, 1940 Henriksen is a horror and sci-if staple, appearing in Pumpkinhead (pictured), Aliens, Alien 3, Alien vs Predator, The Terminator, Millennium (television series), Close Enounters of the Third Kind, No Escape, Damien: Omen II, Tales from the Crypt (“Cutting Cards” and “Yellow”), Near Dark, Scream 3, Man's Best…