What Happened on December 5

Historical Events

  • 771 Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman.
  • 1349 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacre during Black Death riots
  • 1456 Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die
  • 1848 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  • 1933 21st Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, 18th Amendment (Prohibition of alcohol) repealed (5:32 PM EST)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, providing the source for his name

On December 5, 1717

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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