On This Day

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

Events in History


Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1983 Lech Wałęsa wins Nobel Peace Prize

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 13th Space Shuttle Mission (41-G) Challenger 6 launched with the first Canadian in space Marc Garneau on board

Astronaut Marc Garneau
Astronaut
Marc Garneau
  • 1985 Grambling's Eddie Robinson wins record 324th football game
  • 1986 London Sunday Times reports Israel is stocking nuclear arms
  • 1988 Brazil adopts its Constitution

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

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

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • 1988 Israel bans Meir Kahane's Kach Party on grounds of racism
  • 1990 Cincinnati jury acquits art gallery of obsentity (Mappelthorpe photos)
  • 1991 Military transport plane crashes at Jakarta, 133 dies
  • 1991 USSR reduces nuclear weapons arsenal
  • 1991 The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, is released.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 1st overturn of a George H. W. Bush veto (cable bill)

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 NY senator Alphonse D'Amato filibusters for 15 hours 20 mins
  • 1992 US Air goes on strike
  • 1993 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Last honor guard at Lenin's mausoleum

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin

  • 1994 52 members of Zonnetempel, murdered
  • 1997 STS 86 (Atlantis 20) lands
  • 1999 The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London kills 31 people.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 Mass demonstrations in Belgrade lead to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević. These demonstrations are often called the Bulldozer Revolution.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milošević
  • 2001 Robert Stevens becomes the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Tom Ridge resigns as Governor of Pennsylvania to become President George W. Bush's Homeland Security Advisor

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2005 Vampire novel "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer is first published by Little Brown

  • 2012 Anglo Platinum Limited fires 12,000 striking workers in South Africa
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont
President of Catalonia
Carles Puigdemont
  • 2017 Iraqi forces claim victory and control over Islamic State's last urban stronghold Hawija, Northern Iraq
  • 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, re-named "Love is in the Bin"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte

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