What Happened on September 5

Historical Events

  • 1666 Great Fire of London ends, leaving 13,200 houses destroyed and 8 dead
  • 1774 Twelve of the thirteen American colonies adopt a trade embargo with Britain at the first Continental Congress at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1839 The First Opium War begins in China
  • 1914 World War I: Battle of Marne begins, French and British forces prevent German advance on Paris (till the 12th Sept)
  • 1972 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian Black September group at the Munich Olympics
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Did You Know?

German Christine Hardt patents the first modern brassiere

On September 5, 1889

Famous Weddings

  • 1725 French King Louis XV marries Polish princess Mary Lesczynski
  • 1959 Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel (20) weds Linda Joan Bork
  • 1968 Author Ken Follett (19) weds Mary Emma Ruth Elson
  • 1970 Producer Dick Wolf (23) weds Susan Scranton
  • 1987 Actor Steven Seagal (36) weds actress Kelly LeBrock (27) in Beverly Hills, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1980 Lawyer Kathleen St. Johns divorces best-selling author Michael Crichton (37) after nearly 2 years of marriage
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