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 that brings about his own death
  • 1046 Persian scholar Naser Khosrow begins the 7 year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama
  • 1496 English King Henry VII grants 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. Massacre galvanizes anti-British feelings.
  • 1946 Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech in Fulton, Missouri, popularizes the term and draws attention to the division of Europe
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Did You Know?

Smoking tobacco introduced into Europe by Spaniard physician Francisco Fernandes

On March 5, 1558

Would You Believe?

"Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones

On March 5, 1971

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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