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On this day... December 5

Fun and historical facts for December 5th

Jim Clerkin
December 05, 2017 - 9:12 am
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DECEMBER 5TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BATHTUB PARTY DAY
  • TODAY IS WORLD TRICK SHOT DAY
  • TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL NINJA DAY
  • TODAY IS KRAMPUSHACHT (KRAMPUS NIGHT – GERMANY)

 

 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • MARTIN VAN BUREN (1782-1862)
  • GENERAL GEORGE CUSTER (1839-1876)
  • FRITZ LANG (1890-1976)
  • WALT DISNEY (1901-1966)
  • STROM THURMOND (1902-2003)
  • LITTLE RICHARD (1932, 85)
  • JOAN DIDION (1934, 83)
  • FRANKIE MUNIZ (1985, 32)

 

 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 771, CHARLAMAGNE BECOMES KING OF THE FRANKS
  • IN 1492, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS LANDS AT HISPANIOLA (DOMINICAN REP / HAITI)
  • IN 1776, THE FIRST US FRATERNITY, PHI BETA KAPPA, FORMS AT WILLIAM & MARY
  • IN 1791, WOLFGANG MOZART DIES IN VIENNA AT 35
  • IN 1792, GEORGE WASHINGTON IS RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITES STATES
  • IN 1804, THOMAS JEFFERSON IS RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1831, FORMER PRESIDENT JOHN QUINCY ADAMS BECOMES THE ONLY FORMER PRESIDENT TO EVER ENTER CONGRESS AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE
  • IN 1832, ANDREW JACKSON IS RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1847, JEFFERSON DAVIS IS ELECTED TO THE US SENATE  (D-MS)
  • IN 1848, PRESIDENT POLK CONFIRMS GOLD HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN CALIFORNIA, WHICH IS CREDITED AS STARTING THE GOLD RUSH
  • IN 1872, THE MARY CELESTE IS DISCOVERED IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, ABANDONED BY ITS CREW WITH NO EXPLANATION
  • IN 1929, THE AMERICAN LEAGUE FOR PHYSICAL CULTURE IN NEW YORK CITY IS THE FIRST EVER UNITED STATES NUDIST ORGANIZATION
  • IN 1932, ALBERT EINSTEIN IS GRANTED A VISA TO COME TO AMERICA
  • IN 1933, THE 21ST AMENDEMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION IS RATIFIED. IT REPEALS THE 18TH AMENDMENT WHICH PROHIBITS ALCOHOL
  • IN 1946, PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN CREATES A COMMITTEE ON CIVIL RIGHTS
  • IN 1947, STAN LEE (24) MARRIES JOAN BOOCOCK
  • IN 1952, FOUR DAYS OF SMOG IN LONDON KILL UPWARDS OF 12,000 PEOPLE AND MAKE OVER 100,000 SICK LEADING TO BRITAIN’S 1956 CLEAN AIR ACT
  • IN 1955, THE MONTGOMERY ALABAMA BUS BOYCOTT BEGINS AFTER ROSA PARKS WAS ARRESTED
  • IN 1955, THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOR AND THE CONGRESS OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONS COMBINE TO FORM THE ALF-CIO
  • IN 1964, CAPTAIN ROGER DONLON IS THE FIRST VIETNAM SOLDIER TO RECEIVE THE US MEDAL OF HONOR
  • IN 1968, THE ROLLING STONES RELEASE “BEGGARS BANQUET”
  • IN 1970, THE STANLEY CUP AND TWO OTHER TROPHIES ARE STOLEN FROM THE NHL HALL OF FAME
  • IN 1973, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND WINGS RELEASE “BAND ON THE RUN”
  • IN 1974, THE FINAL EPISODE OF “MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS” AIRS
  • IN 1974, THE NFL’S SEATTLE SEAHAWKS ARE FORMED
  • IN 1976, OJ SIMPSON RUSHES FOR OVER 200 YARDS IN ONE GAME
  • IN 1988, JIM BAKKER IS INDICTED FOR FRAUD AND CONSPIRACY
  • IN 1990, SALMAN RUSHDIE APPEARS IN PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2 YEARS
  • IN 1991, CHARLES KEATING JR IS FOUND GUILTS IN THE SAVINGS AND LOAN FRAUD SCANDAL
  • IN 2002, THE SECOND LORD OF THE RINGS MOVIE, “TWO TOWERS” IS RELEASED
  • IN 2003, CHRIS MARTIN OF COLDPLAY MARRIES GWYNETH PALTROW
  • IN 2008, THE REMAINS OF TSAR NICHOLAS II ARE FINALLY IDENTIFIED AFTER BEING FOUND IN 1991
  • IN 2008, OJ SIMPSON IS SENTENCED TO 33 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY OF KIDNAPPING AND ARMED ROBBERY
  • IN 2013, NELSON MANDELA DIES OF A LUNG INFECTION AT 95
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