On This Day

What Happened on March 5

Important 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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  • 1949 Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30

Did You Know?

Smoking tobacco introduced into Europe by Spanish physician Francisco Fernandes

On March 5, 1558

Would You Believe?

1st continuous filibuster in US Senate began, lasting until March 11

On March 5, 1841

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 music mogul Tommy Mottola divorce after 2 years of marriage

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