On This Day

Historical Events on December 5

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Event of interestEvent of Interest

63 BC Cicero reads the last of his Catiline Orations

Roman Statesman & Philosopher Cicero
Roman Statesman & Philosopher
  • 663 Fourth Council of Toledo takes place

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771 Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman

Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne
Holy Roman Emperor
  • 1082 Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona is assassinated
  • 1301 Pope Boniface VIII's degree Ausculta fili (only nominee)
  • 1349 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacred during Black Death riots
  • 1360 The French Franc is created
  • 1408 Emir Edigu of Golden Horde reaches Moscow
  • 1448 Bishop Jona of Moscow chosen as metropolitan of Kiev/Intoxication
  • 1456 Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1492 Christopher Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti)

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1496 Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I
  • 1590 Niccolo Sfondrati chosen as Pope Gregory XIV
  • 1602 Giulio Caccini's "Euridice" premieres in Florence

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1623 First copies purchased of William Shakespeare's First Folio, collecting his plays posthumously into one volume, bought by Edward Dering

<b>Pirate</b> AttackPirate Attack

1717 English pirate Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock later provides 1st record of Blackbeard's appearance, and the source for his name

Pirate Blackbeard

  • 1741 -6] Russian princess Elisabeth Petrovna grabs powers
  • 1746 Revolt in Genoa against Spanish rule.
  • 1757 Battle of Leuthen: Prussian army beats Austrians
  • 1766 World's largest auction house - Christie's hold their first sale in their permanent saleroom in Pall Mall,London
  • 1775 At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • 1776 First US fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa (William & Mary College), forms

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1792 George Washington re-elected as US President

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1798 Dutch troops occupy Hasselt

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1804 Thomas Jefferson re-elected US President, George Clinton Vice President

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • 1813 Lübeck surrenders to allied armies
  • 1815 Foundation of Maceió in Brazil.
  • 1830 Hector Berlioz' "Symphonique Fantastique" premieres in Paris
  • 1831 Former US President John Q Adams takes his seat as a member of House of Representatives

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1832 Andrew Jackson re-elected US President after defeating Henry Clay

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 1835 - 10th: Assault on Mexican-held San Antonio by Texan rebels
  • 1837 Hector Berlioz' "Requiem" premieres
  • 1837 Uprising under William Lyon Mackenzie in Canada
  • 1846 C F Schoenbein obtains patent for cellulose nitrate explosive

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1847 Jefferson Davis is elected to the US senate, his first political post.

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis

InventionScientific Discovery

1848 US President James K. Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming a gold discovery in California

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk

  • 1854 Aaron Allen of Boston patents folding theater chair
  • 1859 Dion Boucicault's "Octaroon" premieres in NYC
  • 1862 Battle of Coffeeville, MS
  • 1865 Chincha Islands War: Peru allies with Chile against Spain.
  • 1868 1st American bicycle college opens (NY)
  • 1872 Ship the Mary Celeste is discovered mysteriously abandoned by her crew in the Atlantic Ocean
  • 1876 Daniel Stillson (Mass) patents 1st practical pipe wrench
  • 1876 Fire at Brooklyn Theater kills 295, trampled or burned to death
  • 1879 1st automatic telephone switching system patented
  • 1881 47th Congress (1881-83) convenes
  • 1887 Stanley's expedition reaches plateau at Lake Albert Congo
  • 1890 Berlioz' opera "Les Troyens" premieres in Karlsruhe
  • 1892 Anti-semite Hermann Ahlwardt elected to Germany's Reichstag

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1892 Sir John Thompson becomes the fourth Prime Minister of Canada.

4th Prime Minister of Canada John Thompson
4th Prime Minister of Canada
John Thompson
  • 1893 Electric car built at the Dixon Carriage works in Toronto, could go 15 miles between charges
  • 1894 Georges Feydeaus' "L'hôtel du libre échange" premieres in Paris
  • 1896 Henrik Ibsen's "Kejsor og Galileer" premieres in Leipzig
  • 1905 Henry Campbell-Bannermam (Lib) becomes UK PM
  • 1908 1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh)
  • 1912 The Triple Alliance among Italy, Austria, and Germany (originally signed in 1882) is renewed for six years, beginning in 1914, a move inspired by instability in the Balkans
  • 1914 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts win first Championship; beat U of Toronto Blues, 14-2
  • 1914 The Italian Parliament proclaims the neutrality of the country.
  • 1917 Austro-German Forces launch an offensive against the Italians on the western end of their line, around Asiago
  • 1918 Oil refinery on Curacao opens
  • 1920 Pro football playoff game Akron & Buffalo 0-0 tie, title undecided
  • 1920 Dimitrios Rallis forms a government in Greece.
  • 1924 Hamilton Tiger Red Green scores 5 goals to beat Tor Maple Leafs 10-5
  • 1925 CFL Grey Cup, Landsdowne Park, Ottawa: Ottawa Senators win first title; beat Winnipeg Tammany Tigers, 24-1
  • 1925 Hans Luther forced to resign as Chancellor and head of the German Weimar government
  • 1928 England defeats Australia by record 675 runs at Brisbane
  • 1928 Wilhelm Miklas elected president of Austria
  • 1929 1st US nudist organization, the American League for Physical Culture in New York City
  • 1931 CFL Grey Cup, Molson Stadium, Montreal: Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers shutout Regina Roughriders, 22-0 for their first title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932 German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1933 Prohibition ends in the US when 21st Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, 18th Amendment repealed (5:32 PM EST)
  • 1935 First commercial hydroponics operation established (Montebello, California)
  • 1935 National Council of Negro Women forms by Mary McLeod Bethune (NYC)
  • 1936 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Sarnia Imperials defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-20 for their 2nd Championship
  • 1936 Armenian SSR, Azerbaijan SSR, Georgian SSR, Kazakh SSR & Kirghiz SSR becomes constituent republics of Soviet Union
  • 1941 Football Writers Association of America organized
  • 1941 Patrick Hamilton's "Angel Street" premieres in NYC
  • 1941 Soviet anti-offensive in Moscow drives out Nazi army
  • 1941 Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved

Battle of InterestAttack on Pearl Harbor

1941 US aircraft carrier Lexington and 5 heavy cruisers leave Pearl Harbor
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USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor
USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • 1941 "Sullivan's Travels", directed by Preston Sturges and starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, is released
  • 1942 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto RCAF Hurricanes beat Winnipeg RCAF Bombers, 8-5
  • 1942 Seyss-Inquart orders students in nazi-Germany to work
  • 1942 West Indies chocolate/coffee drop above Netherland
  • 1943 NFL Philadelphia Eagle-Pitts Steeler merger dissolves
  • 1944 German troops steal all the silver coin in Utrecht
  • 1945 Flight 19 the "Lost Squadron" of 5 torpedo bombers and 14 airmen is lost east of Florida in the supposed Bermuda Triangle
  • 1945 Special Council of Annulment affirms death sentence of Max Blokzijl

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946 US President Harry Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Exec Order #9808

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1947 Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1948 NY Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1949 Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1950 Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1950 Sikkim becomes a protectorate of India
  • 1952 -8] worst smog in London ever, 4-8,000 die
  • 1954 KTEW (now KJRH) TV channel 2 in Tulsa, OK (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) merge to form the AFL-CIO, with George Meany as President

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks

Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks
Civil Rights Activist
Rosa Parks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Montgomery Improvement Association formed by Ralph Abernathy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Edgar Nixon to support the Montgomery bus protest in Montgomery, Alabama

Civil Rights Activist Ralph Abernathy
Civil Rights Activist
Ralph Abernathy
Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1956 Thornton Wilder's "Matchmaker" premieres in NYC
  • 1956 17 year old British swimmer Judy Grinham and American Carin Cone both swim world record 1:12.9 in the women's 100m backstroke at the Melbourne Olympics; Grinham is awarded gold medal
  • 1956 Soviet artistic gymnast Larisa Latynina wins the women's vault and ties for gold in the floor exercise section at the Melbourne Olympics; later takes gold total to 4 with teams and individual all-round titles
  • 1956 Danish sailer Paul Elvstrøm wins the Finn class gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; his 2nd straight Finn gold and 3rd consecutive Olympic gold in sailing
  • 1957 William Inge's "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" premieres in NYC
  • 1957 NYC is first US city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market (Fair Housing Practices Law)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 President Sukarno of Indonesia expels all Dutch people.

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • 1958 Phils drop plans for NY sportcast as Yanks threat to do same in Philadelphia
  • 1958 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the UK by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1958 The Preston bypass, the UK's first stretch of motorway, opens to traffic for the first time. It is now part of the M6 and M55 motorways.
  • 1959 Intikhab Alam bowls Colin McDonald with 1st ball in Tests
  • 1960 Ghana drops diplomatic relations with Belgium
  • 1964 Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the Vietnam War for successfully repelling a large Viet Cong attack
  • 1966 "I Do! I Do!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 561 performances

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1967 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock and poet Allen Ginsberg arrested in New York while protesting against the Vietnam War

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock
Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1968 Rolling Stones release "Beggar's Banquet" LP

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Future Hockey Hall of Fame center Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins scores 2 goals in his goaltender brother Tony's (also HOF) NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens; 2-2 tie

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1969 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1969 Four-node ARPANET network is established
  • 1970 LA Rams Willie Ellison sets NFL record of 247 yards rushing
  • 1970 Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy & Bill Masterson Trophy stolen from Hockey Hall of Fame

  • 1970 Premiere of Dario Fo's Morte accidentale di un anarchico
  • 1971 KCBJ (now KMIZ) TV channel 17 in Columbia, MO (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1971 Libya nationalizes British Petroleum concession
  • 1972 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)
  • 1972 Australia Labour party wins parliamentary election
  • 1972 Joseph A Walker's "River Niger" premieres in NYC
  • 1973 Chicago Cubs Ron Santo becomes 1st baseball player to invoke 10-5 rule and veto his trade (with the California Angels)
  • 1973 Dodgers trade Willie Davis to Expos for relief pitcher Mike Marshall

Music releaseAlbum Release

1973 Paul McCartney & Wings release album "Band on the Run" in the US

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1974 1st Wash Cap penalty shot, Tom Williams unsuccessful vs Buff Sabres
  • 1974 1st World Football League Bowl, Birmingham Americans beat Florida
  • 1974 Airport terminal roof in Tehran collapses killing 17

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC TV

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • 1974 NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms
  • 1974 Oliver Tilden Triangle in the Bronx named
  • 1974 Tom Williams is unsuccessful on Wash Capitals 1st NHL penalty shot
  • 1974 Birmingham Americans defeat the Florida Blazers 22-21 in the WFL's World Bowl
  • 1975 "Me & Bessie" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 453 performances
  • 1975 NASA launches space vehicle S-196, it failed
  • 1977 Egypt breaks off diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq & South Yemen

AgreementContract of Interest

1978 Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1978 Pioneer Venus 1 begins orbiting Venus
  • 1978 Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" premieres in NYC
  • 1978 Islanders took 28 shots in 1 period vs Penguins, Penguins' Ross Lonsberry failed on 7th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1979 Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns
  • 1979 Ex-World Series Cricket combatants Greg Chappell (124) and Kim Hughes (130no) rescue Australia on last day of the drawn 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane; WSC players return in this Test
  • 1980 Bank of Canada's Canadian Currency Museum opens
  • 1981 47th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Allen, Southern Cal (RB)
  • 1981 France performs nuclear test
  • 1982 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 33 pass completions

  • 1982 Ingrid Berghmans (Neth) retains judo's world championship
  • 1982 Mel Gray ends NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • 1982 Seattle Univ Baptist Ch declares sanctuary for Cen Am refugees
  • 1982 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1982 15th NAACP Image Awards: "An Officer and a Gentleman" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 1982 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Don January wins his lone Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke over Julius Boros
  • 1983 12 killed by a car bomb shattering 9-story building in west Beirut
  • 1983 LA Dodger pitcher Steve Howe is suspended for 1 year for cocaine use
  • 1983 ICIMOD established and inaugurated with its headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal, and legitimised through an Act of Parliament in Nepal in the same year.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 A's trade Rickey Henderson to Yankees for Jay Howell & Jose Rijo

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1984 French colonies killed 10 Kanaken in New Caledonia
  • 1984 Yankees trade catcher Rick Cerone to Braves for pitcher Brian Fisher
  • 1985 Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 1,500 level for 1st time
  • 1985 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • 1985 Sam Shepard's "Lie of the Mind" premieres in NYC
  • 1987 53rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Brown, Notre Dame (WR)
  • 1987 David Boon's 5th Test Cricket century, 143 v NZ at Brisbane
  • 1987 Schonbrunn skates world record 3 km ladies (4:16.76)
  • 1988 Federal grand jury indicts The PTL Club founder and Christian evangelist Jim Bakker for fraud after he paid hush money to cover up an alleged rape
  • 1988 Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear-war-fighting satellite

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Boris Becker beats defending champion Ivan Lendl 5–7, 7–6, 3–6, 6–2, 7–6 in a classic final to win his first of 3 ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1989 France TGV train reaches world record speed of 482.4 kph
  • 1990 Blue Jays trade F McGriff & T Fernandez to SD for R Alomar & J Carter
  • 1990 Former Noriega aide Luis del Cid pleads guilty
  • 1990 British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie appears in public for 1st time in 2 years after Iran called for his assassination
  • 1990 Iraq announces willingness to speak with US about resolving the Persian Gulf crisis
  • 1991 "Catskills on Broadway" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 452 performances
  • 1991 Charles Keating Jr (Lincoln Savings & Loan fraud), found guilty
  • 1991 NY Daily News files for protection under chapter 11
  • 1992 1st SEC Championship Game: #2 Alabama beats #12 Florida, 28-21

  • 1993 "Timon of Athens" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • 1993 82nd Davis Cup: Germany beats Australia in Dusseldorf (4-1)
  • 1993 Astronauts begin repair of Hubble telescope in space
  • 1993 Rafael Caldera elected President of Venezuela
  • 1993 The mayor of Wien (Vienna), Helmut Zilk, is wounded by a letter bomb.
  • 1995 The Sri Lankan government announces the conquest of Tamil stronghold of Jaffna.
  • 1996 "Dreams & Nightmares" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • 1996 Players union approves new collective bargaining agreement
  • 1996 Portland's Jermaine O'Neal at 18 becomes the youngest NBA player
  • 1997 1st Game at Wash Capitals' MCI Center vs Fla Panthers
  • 1997 STS 87 (Columbia 24) lands
  • 1999 88th Davis Cup: Australia beats France in Nice (3-2)
  • 2000 "O Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack to the film of the same name released

Film release premierFilm Premier

2001 "Ocean's Eleven" directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts premieres in Westwood, California

Film release premierFilm Premier

2002 "The Two Towers" 2nd Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in New York

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Mexican singer Thalia the "Queen of Latin Pop" is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
  • 2004 93rd Davis Cup: Spain beats USA in Seville (3-2)
  • 2005 The Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes significant damage, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • 2005 The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.