This Day in History for 5th December

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 196

63 BC - Cicero reads the last of his Catiline Orations.
663 - Fourth Council of Toledo takes place.
771 - Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman.
1082 - Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona is assassinated.
1301 - Pope Boniface VIII's degree Ausculta fili (only nominee)
1349 - 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacre 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
1492 - Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti)
1496 - Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I
Explorer of the New World Christopher ColumbusExplorer of the New World Christopher Columbus 1590 - Niccolo Sfondrati chosen as Pope Gregory XIV
1602 - Giulio Caccini's "Euridice," premieres in Florence
1717 - Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock, prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock would later provide the first recorded of Blackbeard's appearance, with specific reference to his "very black beard", providing the source for his name
1741 - -6] Russian princess Elisabeth Petrovna grabs powers
1746 - Revolt in Genoa against Spanish rule.
1757 - Battle of Leuthen: Prussian army beats Austrians
1766 - London auctioneers Christie's hold their first sale
1775 - At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1776 - 1st US fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa (William & Mary College), forms
First US President George WashingtonFirst US President George Washington 1792 - George Washington re-elected as US president
1798 - Dutch troops occupy Hasselt
1804 - Thomas Jefferson re-elected US President, George Clinton Vice President
1810 - Napoleon Bonaparte receives a french state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death
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
1832 - Andrew Jackson re-elected President of US
1835 - - 10th: Assault on Mexican-held San Antonio by Texan rebels
US President & General Andrew JacksonUS President & General Andrew Jackson 1837 - Hector Berlioz' "Requiem" premieres
1837 - Uprising under William Lyon Mackenzie in Canada
1846 - C F Schoenbein obtains patent for cellulose nitrate explosive
1847 - Jefferson Davis is elected to the US senate, his first political post.
1848 - President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California
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)
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
1892 - Sir John Thompson becomes the fourth Prime Minister of Canada.
1893 - 1st electric car (built 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
1906 - British government of Balfour resigns
1908 - 1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh)
1914 - 6th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats U of Toronto, 14-2
1914 - The Italian Parliament proclaims the neutrality of the country.
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 - 13th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators defeats Win Tammany Tigers, 24-1
1925 - German government of Luther falls
1926 - Sergei Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin" debuts
1928 - England defeats Australia by record 675 runs at Brisbane
1928 - MW Miklas elected president of Austria
1929 - 1st US nudist organization (American League for Physical Culture, NYC)
1931 - CFL Grey Cup: Mtl AAA beats Regina, 22-0 at Montreal
Theoretical Physicist Albert EinsteinTheoretical Physicist Albert Einstein 1932 - German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America
1933 - 21st Amendment ratified, 18th Amendment (Prohibition) repealed (5:32 PM EST)
1935 - 1st coml hydroponics operation established (Montebello California)
1935 - National Council of Negro Women forms by Mary McLeod Bethune (NYC)
1936 - 24th CFL Grey Cup: Sarnia Imperials defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-20
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 - Russian anti offensive in Moscow drives out nazi army
1941 - Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved
1941 - US aircraft carrier Lexington and 5 heavy cruisers leave Pearl Harbor
1942 - CFL Grey Cup: Tor beats Win RCAF, 8 -5 at Toronto
1942 - Seyss-Inquart orders students in nazi-Germany to work
1942 - West Indies chocolate/coffee drop above Netherland
1943 - NFL Phila Eagle-Pitts Steeler merger disolves
1944 - German troops steal all the silver coin in Utrecht
1945 - "Lost Squadron" crashes east of Florida (Bermuda Triangle)
1945 - Special Council of Annulment affirms death sentence of Max Blokzijl
33rd US President Harry Truman33rd US President Harry Truman 1946 - Pres Harry Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Exec Order #9808
1947 - Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1948 - NY Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions
1949 - Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title
1950 - Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
1950 - Sikkim becomes a protectorate of India
1951 - "Dragnet" premieres
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 - AFL & CIO merge, with George Meany as president
Civil Rights Activist Rosa ParksCivil Rights Activist Rosa Parks 1955 - Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks
1955 - The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge and form the AFL-CIO.
1956 - Thornton Wilder's "Matchmaker" premieres in NYC
1957 - William Inge's "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 205

1377 - Jianwen Emperor of China (d. 1402)
The Warrior Pope Julius IIThe Warrior Pope Julius II (1443) 1443 - Pope Julius II, Albisola, Republic of Genoa, Pope (1503-13), patron of Michelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, (d. 1513)
1495 - Nicolas Cleynaerts, Flemish grammarian (d. 1542)
1537 - Ashikaga Yoshiaki, Japanese shogun (d. 1597)
1539 - Fausto Paolo Sozzini, Italian theologian (d. 1604)
1545 - Janus Dousa, [Johan van de Does], Dutch politician/poet
1547 - Ubbo Emmius, [van Embden], Dutch-Frisian humanist/historian
1661 - Robert Haley, earl of Oxford/English premier (Whig, 1710-14)
1666 - Francesco Antonio Nicola Scarlotti, composer
1687 - Francesco Xaverio Geminiani, composer
1697 - Carlo Arrigoni, composer
1697 - Giuseppe de Majo, composer
1724 - Joseph Friebert, composer
1782 - Martin Van Buren, Kinderhook NY, (D) 8th pres (1837-41)
1786 - Henry Drummond, English banker/apostole
1803 - Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev, Russian poet (d. 1873)
1820 - Afanasy Fet, Russian poet (d. 1892)
1822 - Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, American college president (d. 1907)
1824 - Titian James Coffey, Atty Gen (Union), died in 1867
1826 - John Benjamin Sanborn, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1904
1829 - Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French Canadian politician (d. 1908)
1830 - Christina Rossetti, London, poet (Winter Rain, Passing Away)
Union General George Armstrong CusterUnion General George Armstrong Custer (1839) 1839 - George Armstrong Custer, New Rumley, Ohio, Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1876)
1841 - Marcus Daly, American mining tycoon (d. 1900)
1844 - John Frederick Bridge, composer
1852 - Thomas Linnemann Laub, composer
1855 - Clinton Hart Merriam, American ornithologist (d. 1942)
1859 - John Jellicoe, British admiral (d. 1935)
1859 - John Rushworth Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, British Admiral of the Fleet, Southampton
1861 - Armando V Diaz, Italian marshal/minister of War (1922-24)
1863 - Paul P Painlevé, French PM (1917, 1925), mathematician [OS]
1867 - Józef Piłsudski, Polish revolutionary and statesman (d. 1935)
British Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth JellicoeBritish Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe (1859) 1867 - Antti Aarne, Finnish folklorist (d. February 2, 1925)
1868 - Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist (d. 1951)
1869 - Ellis Parker Butler, American author (d. 1937)
1870 - Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer (d. 1949)
1871 - Bill Pickett, American rodeo performer (d. 1932)
1872 - Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player
1875 - Sir Arthur Currie, Canadian soldier (d. 1933)
1878 - Arrigo Pedrollo, composer
1879 - Clyde Cessna, American airplane manufacturer (d. 1954)
1880 - Alexander Schmuller, Russian/Neth violinist/conductor
1884 - Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor/pianist
1885 - Dirk H W Filarski, Dutch painter/lithographer (Bergense School)
1886 - Pieter J Old, lawyer/minister of Finance/mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52)
1888 - Askell Snorrason, composer
1890 - Fritz Lang, Germany, director (M, Metropolis)
1890 - David Bomberg, English painter (d. 1957)
1892 - Cyril Ring, MA, actor (Body & Soul)
1892 - Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal (d. 1973)
1894 - Charles Robberts, Winburg district of the Orange Free State, The first State President of South Africa
1895 - Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cellist/pianist/composer
1895 - Elbert Frank Cox, American mathematician (d. 1969)
1896 - (Lady Huxley) Juliette Baillot, author
1896 - Willem F M Lampe, Dutch ambassador of the Dutch Antilles
1897 - Nunnally Johnson, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1977)
1898 - Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan (d. 1982)
1898 - Grace Moore, Slabtown, Tennessee, American soprano (One Night of Love)
1899 - Sonny Boy Williamson, [Aleck Miller], blues player
1901 - Hanns Jelinek, composer
Animator Walt DisneyAnimator Walt Disney (1901) 1901 - Walter Elias disney, Chicago, animator (Mickey Mouse), (d. 1966)
1901 - Werner Heisenberg, German physicist/discovered uncertainty (Nobel 32)
1901 - Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist (d. 1980)
1902 - [Steve James] Strom Thurmond, (Sen-D/R-SC)
1903 - Cecil Frank Powell, Tonbridge, Kent, physicist, discovered pion (Nobel 1950), (d.1969)
1905 - Otto Preminger, Austria, director/producer (Laura, Exodus)
1905 - Gus Mancuso, American baseball player (d. 1984)
1907 - Lin Piau, Chinese politician
1907 - Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian physicist (d. 1993)
Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank PowellPhysicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell (1903) 1910 - Abraham L Polonsky, US writer/director (Tell them Willie Boy is Here)
1911 - Alfred Manessier, French painter (leaded windows)
1911 - Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist (d. 2000)
1912 - Maisie Fitter, editor/conservationist
1914 - Hans Hellmut Kirst, German author (d. 1989)
1915 - Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, drummer
1915 - Margaret Hayes, Balt Md, actress (Robert Montgomery Presents)
1917 - Simone Gallimard, publisher
1917 - Ken Downing, English racing driver (d. 2004)
1919 - Victor Collin Matthews, businessman
1921 - Alvy Moore, actor (Mr Kimball-Green Acres)
1921 - George Henderson, priest/politician
1921 - Peter Hansen, Oakland California, actor (Mr Parkson-Mr Novak, Gen Hospital)
1923 - Tendrjakow, writer
1925 - Anastasio "Tachito" Somoza Debayle, president of Nicaragua (1967..79)
1926 - George Savalas, Bronx NY, actor (Kojak)
1927 - Rama IX, [Bhumibol Adulyadej], Mass, king of Thailand (1946- )
1932 - Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], Macon, Georgia, American singer-songwriter (Tutti Frutti)
1933 - Bernard van Beurden, Dutch composer/music educator
1934 - Joan Didion, US novelist/journalist (Salvador)
1935 - Calvin Trillin, author (New Yorker)
1935 - Yury Vlasov, Soviet weightlifter
1936 - James Lee Burke, American writer
1938 - John J Cale, Oklahoma City, rock guitarist (After Midnight), (d. 2013)
1939 - Frederik van Rossum, composer
1939 - Horst Bastian, writer
1940 - Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager
1940 - Peter Pohl, Swedish writer
1940 - Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler
1941 - David Wilson, English contractor/multi-millionaire
1942 - Randy Kirby, Chicago Ill, actor (Randy-Girl From UNCLE)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 7 of 7

1932 - "East of Eden" director Elia Kazan (23) weds playwright Molly Day Thatcher (25)
1943 - Singer and actress Dinah Shore (27) weds actor George Montgomery (27)
Actor Eddie AlbertActor Eddie Albert (1945) 1945 - Actor Eddie Albert (39) weds actress Margo (28)
1947 - "Spiderman" creator Stan Lee (24) weds Joan Clayton Boocock
1993 - Newhart actor William Sanderson (47) weds Sharon Wix (39)
2003 - Cold play band lead vocalist Chris Martin (35) weds actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow (39) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California
2011 - American game show host and executive producer Jeff Probst (50) weds actress/model Lisa Ann Russell (40) at a private house in Los Angeles

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 116

63 BC - Publius Cornelius Lentulus (Sura), Roman statesman
749 - Saint John of Damascus, theologian
1212 - Derek II of Are, Bishop of Utrecht (1197-1212), dies
1244 - Johanna of Constantinople, countess of Flanders (1205-44), dies
1355 - Jan III, duke of Brabant/Limburg, dies
1560 - Francis II, King of France (1559-60), dies at 16
1570 - Johan Friis, Danish statesman (b. 1494)
1594 - Gerardus Mercator, Flemish philosopher/cartographer, dies at 82
1624 - Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist (b. 1560)
1654 - Jean François Sarrazin, French writer
1663 - Severo Bonini, composer, dies at 80
1675 - John Lightfoot, English theologist (Horae Hebraicae), dies at 73
1745 - Christoph Forster, composer, dies at 52
1749 - Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye, New French explorer and trader (b. 1685)
1758 - Johann Friedrich Fasch, composer, dies at 70
1770 - James Stirling, Scot mathematician (Formula of Stirling), dies at 78
Poet Phillis WheatleyPoet Phillis Wheatley (1784) 1784 - Phillis Wheatley, American poet and first published African-American woman, dies in Boston at 31
1791 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer, dies in Vienna Austria at 35
1799 - Robert Kimmerling, composer, dies at 61
1818 - Bruno Daalberg/Anonymus Belga, sect of High Council Adel, dies at 60
1819 - Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg, German poet (b. 1750)
1835 - August v Platen, writer, dies at 39
1842 - MJ Auguste Vestrius, French ballet dancers, dies at 82
1853 - Johann Peter Heuschkel, composer, dies at 80
1859 - Louis Poinsot, French mathematician/instrument maker, dies at 82
Historical Novelist Alexandre DumasHistorical Novelist Alexandre Dumas (1870) 1870 - Alexandre Dumas, French writer, dies at 68
1886 - Peter Hofstede de Groot, Dutch reformed theologist, dies at 84
1887 - Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet (b. 1804)
1891 - JKLSBFXvPSMGRG Pedro II of Alcantara, emp of Brazil (1831-89), dies
1895 - Chief Gall, Sioux chief (b. 1840)
1902 - Henry Stephen Cutler, composer, dies at 78
1916 - Hans Richter, composer, dies at 73
1922 - Samuel Muller Fzn, Dutch historian/archivist, dies
1925 - Wilhelmina E Drucker, [Lensing], Dutch feminist, dies at 78
1926 - Claude Monet, French impressionist, dies at 86
1928 - Johannes F "Johan" Bakker Sr, actor/husband of Truus Soete, dies at 61
Impressionist Painter Claude MonetImpressionist Painter Claude Monet (1926) 1931 - Vachel Lindsay, American poet (b. 1879)
1935 - Frans, [MJ Francois] Erens, literary (Years Gone By), dies at 78
1938 - Christina "Dina" Koudijs-van Appeldoorn, pianist/composer, dies at 54
1940 - Jan Kubelik, composer, dies at 60
1940 - Mordechai Frizis, Jewish Greek military officer (b. 1893)
1942 - Buck Jones, Hollywood's last cowboy hero actor (Headin' East), buried
1950 - Shri Aurobindo, Indian guru (b. 1872)
1951 - "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, of baseball's black sox scandal, dies
1951 - Abanindranath Tagore, Indian writer (b. 1871)
1953 - Jorge Negrete, Mexican singer and actor (b. 1911)
1955 - Paul Harvey, actor (Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), dies at 73
1958 - Ferdinand Bruckner, writer, dies at 67
1959 - K S Duleepsinhji, cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), dies
1963 - Herbert H Lehman, (Gov-D-NY), dies
1963 - Karl Amadeus Hartmann, composer, dies at 58
1963 - Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1892)
1964 - Remy Angenot, Flemish actor (Tailor Wibbel), dies at 70
Physiologist Joseph ErlangerPhysiologist Joseph Erlanger (1965) 1965 - Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist, Nobel laureate for shock therapy (b. 1874)
1966 - Sylveer Maes, Belgian bicylist, dies at 57
1968 - Fred Clark, actor (Zotz, Auntie Mame), dies of liver ailment at 54
1971 - Hugh Wakefield, actress (Blithe Spirit), dies
1972 - Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
1974 - Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, tennis player (US Open 1909-11), dies at 87
1974 - Henry Wadsworth, actor (Applause, Ceiling Zero), dies at 72
1974 - Pietro Germi, actor/director (Serafino, Climax), dies at 60
1975 - Jimmy Nervo, actor (Frozen Limits), dies
1977 - Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Soviet military commander (b. 1895)
1979 - Sonia Delaunay, Russian born French artist, dies aged 94
1980 - Don Taylor, cricketer (3 Tests for NZ 1947-56, 159 runs), dies
1983 - Robert Aldrich, dir/producer (Last Sunset), dies at 65
1984 - Adam Malik, Third Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1917)
1986 - Carmol Taylor, country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer
1986 - Sir Edward Youde, Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1924)
1987 - "Fat" Larry James, US drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38
1989 - John M Pritchard, British conductor, dies at 68
1990 - Steven Shaw, dies at 25
1991 - Aad Mansfield, soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies
1991 - Jill Browne, dies at 54
1991 - Richard Speck, mass murderer, dies a day before his 50th birthday
1991 - Robert Karvelas, American actor (b. 1921)
1992 - Hilary Tindall, dies of cancer at 54
1992 - Sergei Aleksandrovich Yemelyanov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 41
1993 - Alexandre Trauber, Hungarian/French set designer (Harem), dies at 87
1993 - Arthur Staal, Dutch architect (Shell Tower Amsterdam), dies at 86
1993 - Douglas Hopkins, guitarist (Gin Blossoms), dies of gun shot at 32
1994 - Harry Horner, Czech/US set designer/director (Our Town), dies at 84
1994 - Richard Brian Waring Barton-Chapple, writer, dies at 69
1994 - Ronald Ridout, school textbook author, dies at 78
1995 - Robert Charles Evans, mountaineer/doctor, dies at 77
1995 - Robert Parrish, film director editor/actor (Casino Royale), dies at 79
1995 - Victor Collin Matthews, businessman, dies on 76th birthday
1995 - Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (b. 1920)
1995 - Lisa McPherson, former Scientologist (b. 1959)
1996 - Peter Hall, folklorist/musician, dies at 60
1996 - Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
1997 - Colin Franklin, doctor, dies at 67
1997 - Daphne Fielding, socialite/writer, dies at 93
1998 - Al Gore, Sr., American politician (b. 1907)
2001 - Franco Rasetti, Italian physicist (b. 1901)
2002 - Roone Arledge, American sports broadcasting pioneer, dies of prostate cancer at 71
2002 - Ne Win, Burmese leader (b. 1911)
2005 - Ed Masry, American lawyer (b. 1932)
2005 - Kevin "Big Kev" McQuay, Australian businessman (b. 1949)
2005 - Frits Philips, Dutch businessman (b. 1905)

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