On This Day

What Happened on December 5, 2017

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Artist Lubaina Himid wins Britain's Turner Prize, oldest person at 63 and first nonwhite woman
  • Austrian courts rule in favour of same-sex marriage from 2019
  • Democratic representative John Conyers resigns from US Congress after allegations of sexual harrassment
  • Netflix fires actor Danny Masterson from "The Ranch" after allegations of rape
  • Online store Amazon begins operations in Australia
  • Russia is banned from the next Winter Olympics in South Korea over state-sponsored doping
  • Twitter reveals K-pop boy band BTS were the most tweeted-about celebrities in 2017

Famous Deaths

  • Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," dies from lung cancer at 74
  • Michael I, King of Romania (1927-1930 and 1940-1947), dies from cancer at 96
  • Surin Pitsuwan, Thai foreign minister and 12th Secretary General of ASEAN (2008-2012), dies from heart failure at 68