On This Day

On This Day in History for December 5 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1975 NASA launches space vehicle S-196, it failed
  • 1977 Egypt breaks off diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq & South Yemen
  • 1978 Pioneer Venus 1 begins orbiting Venus
  • 1978 Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" premieres in NYC
  • 1979 Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns
  • 1980 Bank of Canada's Canadian Currency Museum opens
  • 1981 France performs nuclear test
  • 1982 Seattle Univ Baptist Ch declares sanctuary for Cen Am refugees
  • 1982 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1983 12 killed by a car bomb shattering 9-story building in west Beirut
  • 1983 ICIMOD established and inaugurated with its headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal, and legitimised through an Act of Parliament in Nepal in the same year.
  • 1984 French colonies killed 10 Kanaken in New Caledonia
  • 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 Schonbrunn skates world record 3 km ladies (4:16.76)

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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

Televangelist Jim Bakker
Televangelist
Jim Bakker
  • 1988 Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear-war-fighting satellite
  • 1989 France TGV train reaches world record speed of 482.4 kph
  • 1990 Former Noriega aide Luis del Cid pleads guilty

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1990 British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie appears in public for 1st time in 2 years after Iran called for his assassination

Novelist Salman Rushdie
Novelist
Salman Rushdie
  • 1990 Iraq announces willingness to speak with US about resolving the Persian Gulf crisis
  • 1991 Charles Keating Jr (Lincoln Savings & Loan fraud), found guilty
  • 1991 NY Daily News files for protection under chapter 11
  • 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 Players union approves new collective bargaining agreement
  • 1997 STS 87 (Columbia 24) lands
  • 2000 "O Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack to the film of the same name released
  • 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.
  • 2006 Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.
  • 2007 Westroads Mall massacre: A gunman opens fire with a semi-automatic rifle at an Omaha, Nebraska mall, killing eight people before taking his own life.

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2008 Human remains previously found in 1991 are finally identified by Russian and American scientists as those of Tsar Nicholas II


  • 2012 8 people are killed and 12 injured by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in South Korea
  • 2012 In his Autumn Statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne cuts the UK growth forecast for 2013 to 1.2% from the 2% forecast in the budget
  • 2013 52 people are killed and 167 are injured in a militant attack on a defense ministry compound in Sana'a, Yemen
  • 2016 Malta becomes the 1st country in Europe to outlaw conversion therapy
  • 2017 Austrian courts rule in favour of same-sex marriage from 2019
  • 2017 Online store Amazon begins operations in Australia
  • 2017 Democratic representative John Conyers resigns from US Congress after allegations of sexual harassment
  • 2017 Artist Lubaina Himid wins Britain's Turner Prize, oldest person at 63 and first nonwhite woman

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2018 National day of mourning for former US President George H. W. Bush as he lies in state at the Capitol Rotunda, Washington

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 2018 US state funeral for former president George H. W. Bush, eulogy by George W. Bush, attended by President Donald Trump predecessors Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter
  • 2018 CO2 emissions reach all-time high (up 2.7%) driven by coal use in China and consumption of oil, in Global Carbon Project report
  • 2018 Wisconsin Republican senate passes bills restricting power of new Democratic governor Tony Evers

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2018 Letter by Albert Einstein from 1954 on concept of religion sells for $2.9 million at Christie's in New York

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 2018 Arrest of Huawei Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou for possible violation of Iran sanctions in Canada

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2019 Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announces articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump will be drawn up for abuse of power

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi
  • 2019 WHO says 142,000 people died of the measles around the world in 2018, nearly 20,000 more than in 2017
  • 2019 National strike in France; more than 800,000 people in 100 cities protest against proposed pension reform
  • 2019 Saudi state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco raises a record $25.6 billion in its first public share offering, makes it the world's most valuable company at $1.7 trillion
  • 2020 Russia begins vaccinating people with its Sputnik V vaccine in Moscow, despite the vaccine not finishing clinical trials

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