What’s Happening Today?
International Day of the Midwife. The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is proud to celebrate this year’s International Day of the Midwife (IDM) on 5th May 2021 under the theme of “Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives.” We look forward to coming together as a global midwife community to advocate for investment in quality midwifery care around the world, improving sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in the process.
World Portuguese Language Day. Portuguese is a Romance language originating in the Iberian Peninsula of Europe. It is the sole official language of Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Brazil, while having co-official language status in East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, and Macau. Today is set aside to celebrate this unique language.
What Happened Today?
1. In 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, the former Emperor of France died on Saint Helena island in the South Atlantic. He was kept there from October 1815 until May 5th 1821.
2. In 1960, Princess Margaret married Antony Armstrong Jones in a royal wedding at Westminster Abbey. Many thousands lined the streets of London hoping to catch sight of the royal couple. This was the first time for 400 years that a daughter of a king had married a commoner.
3. In 2011, a French team using deep-sea robots began to recover bodies from a 2009 Air France plane crash. The plane crashed in 2009 on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris and was carrying 228 people. Fifty-one bodies had been found on the ocean surface in 2009, but the remaining victims had not been recovered and officials stated they were not sure how many of the bodies they would actually be able to recover from the seabed crash site.
1. 1818 – Karl Marx, German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist and socialist revolutionary.
2. 1948 – Eng. Hillary Onek, Ugandan engineer and politician who is the current Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees in the Ugandan Cabinet.
Sources: Wikipedia, bornglorious & thepeoplehistory.com