Lanterns: This Day in History - December 5


This Day in History - December 5

December 5

1484 – Pope Innocent VIII issues a bill deploring the spread of witchcraft and heresy in Germany

1776 – Phi Beta Kappa is founded at the College of William and Mary

1782 – Future president, Martin Van Buren is born

1791 – Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies in Vienna

1839 – Union General George Armstrong Custer is born

1861 – Petitions calling for the abolition of slavery are introduced in the US Congress

1862 – Union General Ulysses Grant’s cavalry experiences setback with an engagement on the Mississippi Central Railroad at Coffeeville, Mississippi

1864 – Confederate General John Bell Hood sends Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry and a division of infantry to Murfreesboro, Tennessee

1871 – Rodeo star, Bill Pickett is born

1873 – Thomas Piper, the sexton at Warren Avenue Baptist Church, murders Bridget Landregan by beating, strangling and sexually assaulting her. Three more were brutally murdered by “The Boston Belfry Murderer,” including five-year-old Mabel Young. Piper confessed, was convicted and sentenced to death, and was hanged in 1876

1876 – Nearly 300 die and hundreds more are injured in a fire at the Brooklyn Theater in New York. The fire was so horrific, that firefighters found bodies melted together in such a way, it prevented identification and a mass grave was set up for burial

1890 – Film director, Fritz Lang is born

1891 – Pedro II of Brazil dies

1901 – Animator and creator of entertainment empire, Walt Disney, is born

1901 – Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Werner Heisenberg is born

1904 – The Japanese destroy a Russian fleet at Port Arthur in Korea

1907 – Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Lin Biao is born

1909 – George Taylor makes his first flight in a self-designed glider in Australia

1912 – Italy, Austria, and Germany renew the Triple Alliance for another six years

1915 – Turkish and German forces launch an attack against a British-occupied town of Kut-al-Amara on the Tigris River in modern-day Iraq

1916 – David Lloyd George replaces Herbert Asquith as the British prime minister

1921 – The British Empire signs an accord with the Irish revolutionary group Sinn Fein stating Ireland is to become a free state

1927 – Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej is born

1931 – Gospel singer, James Cleveland is born

1932 – Singer and musician, Richard Wayne Penniman, aka Little Richard, is born

1933 – Prohibition is ended as the 18th Amendment is repealed and the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified

1934 – Essayist and novelist, Joan Didion is born

1934 – Italian and Ethiopian troops clash at the Ualual over disputed Somali-Ethiopian border

1935 – Journalist and writer, Calvin Trillin is born

1936 – The New Constitution in the Soviet Union promises universal suffrage, but the Communist Party remains the only legal political party

1937 – The Lindberghs arrive in New York after a two-year exile

1941 – John Steinbeck’s The Sea of Cortez is published

1945 – Five US Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers disappear over the Bermuda Triangle, and Mariner, charged with locating the squadron, also vanished without a trace. None of the aircraft or crew have ever been found

1947 – Pro football quarterback, Jim Plunkett is born

1950 – Pyongyang in Korea falls to the invading Chinese army

1950 – Indian philosopher, Sri Aurobindo dies

1953 – Italy and Yugoslavia agree to pull troops out of the disputed Trieste border

1955 – A bus boycott begins by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., in Montgomery, Alabama

1963 – British Olympic ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards is born

1964 – The first Medal of Honor of Vietnam is awarded to Captain Roger Donlon

1966 – Comedian and political activist Dick Gregory heads for Hanoi, North Vietnam

1969 – Film director and producer, Morgan Freeman is born

1970 – A North Vietnamese newspaper announces that North Vietnam will not be intimidated by US bombing

1975 – English snooker player, Ronnie O’Sullivan is born

1978 – USSR and Afghanistan sign a friendship treaty

1983 – Military Junta dissolves in Argentina

1984 – Eddie Murphy gets his first big break, starring in Beverly Hills Cop

2002 – Legendary television producer, Roone Arledge dies

2006 – Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government of Fiji

2007 – A gunman kills eight people at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska, then kills himself

2007 – German composer, Karlheinz Stockhausen dies

2012 – American pianist and composer, Dave Brubeck dies


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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