What Happened on December 5

Significant Events

  • 771 Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman
  • 1349 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacred during Black Death riots
  • 1456 Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die
  • 1848 US President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California
  • 1933 21st Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, 18th Amendment (Prohibition of alcohol) repealed (5:32 PM EST)
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Did You Know?

English pirate Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock later provides 1st record of Blackbeard's appearance, and the source for his name

On December 5, 1717

Would You Believe?

Flight 19 the "Lost Squadron" of 5 torpedo bombers and 14 airmen is lost east of Florida in the supposed Bermuda Triangle

On December 5, 1945

Famous Weddings

  • 1926 Gangster Carlo Gambino (24) weds his first cousin Catherine Castellano
  • 1932 "East of Eden" director Elia Kazan (23) weds playwright Molly Day Thatcher (25)
  • 1943 Singer and actress Dinah Shore (27) weds actor George Montgomery (27)
  • 1945 Actor Eddie Albert (39) weds actress Margo (28)
  • 1947 "Spider-Man" creator Stan Lee (24) weds Joan Clayton Boocock
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