May 5 in history: Mexico defeats France, first American in space and more

From the battle between Mexico and France to the first American in space, we've got it all covered.

Let's dive in today's history!

1862

Outnumbered Mexican army defeats French at Battle of Puebla.

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1945

WWII: Japanese balloon bomb explodes on Oregon, killing 6.

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1955

West Germany becomes a sovereign state as Allies end military occupation.

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1961

Alan Shepard becomes first American in space.

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1980

SAS commandos rescue hostages from Iran embassy in London.

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