On This Day

Historical Events on October 5 (Part 2)

Sports History

2014 French F1 driver Jules Bianchi collides with recovery vehicle during Japanese Grand Prix, dies 10 months later; first F1 death due to racing accident in 21 years (Ayrton Senna 1994)

  • 2015 Nobel prize for Medicine awarded to William C. Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura (Roundworm) and Youyou Tu (Malaria)
  • 2015 Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement announced by trade ministers of 12 countries in Atlanta
  • 2015 Floods in South Carolina a "1,000-year storm" result in 12 deaths and 9 dams to fail

Historic Event

2015 Governor of California Jerry Brown signs a bill giving terminally ill patients the "right to die"

Historic Event

2017 Spanish constitutional court suspends Catalan parliament to prevent declaration of independence

  • 2017 Iraqi forces claim victory and control over Islamic State's last urban stronghold Hawija, Northern Iraq

Historic Publication

2017 "The New York Times" publishes investigation into sexual harassment behaviour by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein

  • 2018 Nobel Peace Prize awarded jointly to Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad for "efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war"
  • 2018 US unemployment figures hit lowest level since 1969 - 3.7% according to Department of Labor
  • 2018 Banksy work "Girl With Balloon" automatically shreds moments after being sold for 1 million pounds in London, renamed "Love is in the Bin"
  • 2018 Record price at auction for a living female artist as Jenny Saville's "Propped" sells for £9.5 million in London

Historic Event

2019 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reveals he has a neuromuscular disease, myasthenia gravis, causing him health problems

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 US President Donald Trump leaves Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while still infectious with COVID-19 and returns to the White House

  • 2020 Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of hepatitis C virus [1]
  • 2020 At least 14m tonnes of plastic pieces are at the bottom of the ocean, 30 times more than on the surface according to new research [1]
  • 2020 India COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000, with 6.6 million known cases, 3rd highest death toll in the world behind the US and Brazil
  • 2020 WHO estimates 10% of world's population may have been infected with COVID-19, more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases
  • 2021 Russia launches an actor and director to the International Space Station to make the first film in orbit
  • 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi for pioneering work that warned of climate change
  • 2021 Major French investigation fings clergy sexually abused more than 200,000 children over 70 years, most of the victims boys [1]
  • 2021 480 Otis wins Alaska's Fat Bear Week for pre-hibernation weight gain for the third year in a row