What Happened on October 5

Historical Events

  • 1274 Around 1,000 soldiers of the Mongol army land on the Japanese island of Tsushima, the first attack of Kublai Khan's Mongol invasion of Japan
  • 1789 French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris
  • 1813 Battle of the Thames; American forces under General William Henry Harrison defeat Tecumseh's Confederacy and their British allies led by Henry Procter near Chatham, Upper Canada
  • 1864 Most of Calcutta destroyed by cyclone, approx 60,000 die
  • 1978 Over 30 major nations ratify the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits weather warfare that has widespread, long-lasting or severe effects
  • 1988 Chile votes in a referendum 56-44 against extending Augusto Pinochet's regime by 8 years thus ending the dictator's 16½ years in power
  • 2000 Mass demonstrations in Belgrade culminate in the resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević, often called the Bulldozer Revolution
  • 2020 US President Donald Trump leaves Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while still infectious with COVID-19 and returns to the White House
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Oct 5 in Film & TV

  • 1947 Harry Truman makes the 1st Presidential address televised from the White House
  • 1962 "Dr. No", 1st James Bond film based on the novel by Ian Fleming and starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, premieres in London
  • 2017 "The New York Times" publishes investigation into sexual harassment behaviour by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein

Oct 5 in Music

  • 1962 The Beatles release their first record, "Love Me Do"

Oct 5 in Sport

  • 1922 NY Yankees and NY Giants play out a controversial 3-3 tie in 10 innings in Game 2 of Baseball World Series at Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NYC; Giants win series, 4-0-1

Did You Know?

Monty Python's Flying Circus begins airing on BBC TV

On October 5, 1969

Would You Believe?

A strong hurricane known as the Saxby Gale devastates the Bay of Fundy region in Maritime Canada. Incredibly British naval officer Stephen Martin Saxby predicted the storm 10 months earlier in December 1868 via astronomy.

On October 5, 1869

Famous Weddings

  • 1600 Marriage by proxy of Marie de' Medici and Henry IV of France
  • 1937 Two-time Oscar winner actor Anthony Quinn (22) weds actress Katherine de Mille (26)
  • 1945 American actress Janet Leigh (18) weds American sailor Stanley Reames at Morris Chapel in Stockton, California; divorce in 1949

Famous Divorces

  • 1991 Director Martin Scorsese (48) divorces producer Barbara De Fina (41) after 6 years of marriage
  • 2007 Actress Reese Witherspoon (30) divorces actor Ryan Phillippe (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage

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