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.