What Happened on September 5

Significant Events

  • 1666 Great Fire of London ends, leaving 13,200 houses destroyed and 8 dead
  • 1774 Twelve of the thirteen American colonies adopt a trade embargo with Britain at the first Continental Congress at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1839 The First Opium War begins in China
  • 1914 World War I: Battle of Marne begins, French and British forces prevent German advance on Paris (till the 12th Sept)
  • 1972 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian Black September group at the Munich Olympics
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma becomes the post powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history with winds of 185mph
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

German Christine Hardt patents the first modern brassiere

On September 5, 1889

Would You Believe?

Russian Tsar Peter the Great imposes a tax on beards

On September 5, 1698

Famous Weddings

  • 1725 French King Louis XV marries Polish princess Mary Lesczynski
  • 1959 Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel (20) weds Linda Joan Bork
  • 1968 Author Ken Follett (19) weds Mary Emma Ruth Elson
  • 1970 Producer Dick Wolf (23) weds Susan Scranton
  • 1987 Actor Steven Seagal (36) weds actress Kelly LeBrock (27) in Beverly Hills, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1980 Lawyer Kathleen St. Johns divorces best-selling author Michael Crichton (37) after nearly 2 years of marriage
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