The Borneo Post

history at a glance


TODAY is Sunday May 5 the 125th day of the year. There are 240 days left in the year. Highlights in history on this date:

1955 - The Federal Republic of (West) Germany became a sovereign state after Allied High Commission­ers met to abolish their controllin­g body set up after the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945. West Germany also joined NATO on this day. 1999 - Indonesia and Portugal signed an agreement leading to independen­ce for the territory of East Timor. 1999 - World’s first filling station for liquid and gaseous

hydrogen. 2002 - Jacques Chirac won 82 percent of the vote in the second round of French presidenti­al elections, crushing far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen with the largest vote in France’s 44-year history. (Pictured) 2004 - Picasso’s “Boy With the Pipe” set a new world record for the most expensive painting ever sold at

auction when it fetched $104,168,000 at Sotheby’s in New York. 2006 - Naushad Ali, one of Bollywood’s most loved composers and the first to use Indian classical music in

Hindi films, died aged 87. 2010 - Mass protests against austerity in Greece. 2011 - Canadian Armed Forces help Quebec residents with record flooding of Richelieu River.

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