Today is celebrated in Mexico and in most of the U.S. "Cinco de mayo." Its origins are to be found in the will of the Mexican-American community to enhance the themes of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. Today, the anniversary is seen as a celebration of Mexican pride. In Mexico, principally in the state of Puebla, the holiday commemorates the day of victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla (May 5, 1862) and is also known as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla.
But May 5 reminds me of another event, perhaps less important, but I would like to remind those who have no memory or pretend not to have:
But May 5 also reminds me of other events, perhaps most important:
1981 – Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
1920 – Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.
1964 – The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.
1860 – Giuseppe Garibaldi sets sail from Genoa, leading the expedition of the Thousand to conquer the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and giving birth to the Kingdom of Italy.
1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
1946 – The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
1944 – German troops execute 216 civilians in the village of Kleisoura in Greece
1972 – Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.
1987 – Iran-Contra affair: start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
That May 5th is a celebration of the memory, to each his own, to each his memories, the same pains and the same joys for a better future.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!