What Happened on March 5

Significant Events

  • 363 Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90,000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a campaign which would bring about his own death.
  • 1046 Persian scholar Naser Khosrow begins the seven-year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama.
  • 1496 English King Henry VII hands John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) a commission to explore for new lands
  • 1770 Boston Massacre (Incident on King Street): British soldiers kill 5 men in a crowd throwing snowballs, stones, and sticks at them. African American Crispus Attucks 1st to die; later held up as early black martyr. Galvanised anti-British feelings
  • 1946 Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech (Fulton Missouri) popularizes the term and draws attention to division of Europe
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Did You Know?

Smoking tobacco introduced into Europe by Spaniard Francisco Fernandes

On March 5, 1558

Famous Weddings

  • 1760 Princess Carolina marries Gen Charles Christian van Nassau-Weilburg
  • 1948 Actor Eli Wallach marries actress Anne Jackson

Famous Divorces

  • 1993 Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry divorces his wife Effi
  • 1998 Singer Mariah Carey and mugic mogul Tommy Mottola divorce after 2 years of marriage
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