On This Day

What Happened on December 5, 2008

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events


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Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

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Human remains previously found in 1991 are finally identified by Russian and American scientists as those of Tsar Nicholas II


Famous Deaths

  • Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • Beverly Garland [Fessenden], American actress (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King), dies at 82
  • Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, Romanian politician and president of the Association of Romanian Former Political Prisoners. (b. 1928)
  • Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), dies from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • Patriarch Alexy II of Russia, head of the Russian Orthodox Church (b. 1929)