December 5 Events in History - December 5 Birthdays - December 5 Deaths
2014 Zhou Yongkang, China's former security chief, has been arrested on corruption charges and ousted from the Communist Party; Zhou is the highest-ranking official to be arrested in Chinese leader Xi Jinxing's campaign to reduce government corruption
2014 NASA successfully tests its unmanned Orion spaceship for potential human flight over 3,500 miles from Earth; several years and more tests will be needed before the vessel is ready for human travel, potentially paving the way for manned trips to Mars
2013 Mexican singer and songwriter Thalia receives a walk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2013 Former South African President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, dies at the age of 95
2012 Famous American pianist and jazz composer, Dave Brubeck, dies at the age of 91
2012 Typhoon Bopha, striking New Bataan and parts of the southern Philippines, leads to the deaths of 283 people with 339 injured, over 300 missing, and over 87,000 evacuated from the area
2011 In Peru, protests over a mining project persist in four provinces, causing the country to declare a state of emergency
2011 Reports indicate the credit ratings agency Standard & Poors will review 15 nations for possible downgrades, including France and Germany
2010 Experts believe three Russian satellites that failed to reach orbit after launching from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome have crashed into the Pacific Ocean
2010 Floodwaters rise throughout New South Wales; they cause thousands to evacuate the Australian town of Wagga Wagga
2009 Tens of thousands in Rome, Italy, participate in a demonstration demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Silvio Burlusconi
1997 1st Game at Washington Capitals' MCI Center vs. Florida Panthers
1997 STS-87 (Columbia 24) lands
1996 "Dreams and Nightmares," opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City
1996 Players union approves new collective bargaining agreement
1996 Portland's Jermaine O'Neal, 18, becomes youngest NBA player
1993 "Timon of Athens" closes at Lyceum Theater New York City after 37 performances
1993 82nd Davis Cup: Germany beats Australia in Dusseldorf (4-1)
1993 Astronauts begin repair of Hubble telescope in space
1993 Melissa Mcnamara/Mike Sopringer wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1993 Newhart actor William Sanderson (47) weds Sharon Wix (39)
1993 Rafael Caldera elected president of Venezuela
1991 "Catskills on Broadway" opens at Lunt-Fontanne New York City for 452 performances
1991 Charles Keating, Jr. (Lincoln Savings and Loan fraud), found guilty
1991 NY Daily News files for protection under chapter 11
1990 Blue Jays trade F McGriff and T Fernandez to SD for R Alomar and J Carter
1990 Former Noriega aide Luis del Cid pleads guilty
1990 Salman Rushdie, author, ordered to death by Iran for blasphemy, appears in public for 1st time in 2 years
1989 France TGV train reaches world record speed of 482.4 kph
1988 North Carolina federal grand jury indict PTL founder Jim Bakker on fraud and conspiracy
1988 Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear-war-fighting satellite
1987 53rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Brown, Notre Dame (WR)
1987 David Boon's 5th Test Cricket century, 143 vs. New Zealand at Brisbane
1987 Schonbrunn skates world record 3 km ladies (4:16.76)
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 New York City
1984 A's trade Rickey Henderson to Yankees for Jay Howell and Jose Rijo
1984 French colonies killed 10 Kanaken in New Caledonia
1984 Yankees trade catcher Rick Cerone to Braves for pitcher Brian Fisher
1983 12 killed by a car bomb shattering 9-story building in west Beirut
1983 Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Steve Howe is suspended for 1 year for cocaine use
1982 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 33 pass completions
1982 Herschel Walker of Georgia wins Heisman Trophy
1982 Ingrid Berghmans (Netherlands) retains judo's world championship
1982 Mel Gray ends NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
1982 Seattle Baptist Church declares sanctuary for Central American refugees
1982 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1981 47th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Allen, Southern California (RB)
1981 56th Australian Women Tennis: Navratilova beats Chris Evert (67 64 75)
1981 France performs nuclear test
1980 Bank of Canada's Canadian Currency Museum opens
1979 Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns
1978 EG decides establishes EMS, European Monetary System
1978 Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies
1978 Phillies Pete Rose becomes highest paid baseball player
1978 Pioneer Venus 1 begins orbiting Venus
1978 Sam Shepard's "Buried Child," premieres in New York City
1978 Islanders took 28 shots in 1 period vs Penguins Penguins' Ross Lonsberry failed on 7th penalty shot against Islanders
1977 Egypt breaks dipl relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq and S Yemen
1976 Buffalo Bill OJ Simpson rushes 203 yards
1975 "Me and Bessie" closes at Ambassador Theater New York City after 453 performances
1975 NASA launches space vehicle S-196, it failed
1974 "Monty Python's Flying Circus" last shown on BBC
1974 1st Washington Capitals penalty shot, Tom Williams unsuccessful vs Buff Sabres
1974 1st World Football League Bowl, Birmingham Americans beat Florida
1974 Airport terminal roof collapses killing 17 (Teheran Iran)
1974 Monty Python's final episode airs on BBC
1974 NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms
1974 Oliver Tilden Triangle in the Bronx named
1974 Tom Williams is unsuccessful on Washington Capitals 1st NHL penalty shot
1973 Cubs' Ron Santo became 1st baseball player to veto his trade
1973 Dodgers trade Willie Davis to Expos for relief pitcher Mike Marshall
1973 Paul McCartney releases "Band on the Run" album
1972 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)
1972 Australia Labour party wins parliamentary election
1972 Joseph A Walkers "River Niger," premieres in New York City
1971 KCBJ (now KMIZ) TV channel 17 in Columbia, MO (ABC) 1st broadcast
1970 Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy and Bill Masterson trophy stolen from NHL hall of fame
1969 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1968 Rolling Stones release "Beggar's Banquet" LP
1967 Beatles clothing store "Apple" on 94 Baker Street, London, opens
1967 Benjamin Spock and Allen Ginsberg arrested protesting Vietnam war
1966 "I Do! I Do!" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 561 performances
1960 Ghana drops diplomatic relations with Belgium
1959 Intikhab Alam bowls Colin McDonald with 1st ball in Tests
1958 Phils drop plans for New York sportcast as Yankees threat to do same in Philadelphia
1958 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
1957 William Inge's "Dark at the Top of the Stairs," premieres in New York City
1957 New York City is 1st city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market (Fair Housing Practices Law)
1956 Thornton Wilder's "Matchmaker," premieres in New York City
1955 AFL and CIO merge, with George Meany as president
1955 Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks
1954 KTEW (now KJRH) TV channel 2 in Tulsa, OK (NBC) begins broadcasting
1952 Worst smog in London ever, 4-8,000 die
1951 "Dragnet" premieres
1950 Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
1950 Sikkim becomes a protectorate of India
1949 Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title
1948 New York Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions
1947 Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1946 President Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Executive Order 9808
1945 "Lost Squadron" crashes east of Florida (Bermuda Triangle)
1945 Special Council of Annulment affirms death sentence of Max Blokzijl
1944 German troops rob all the silver coin in Utrecht
1943 NFL Philadelphia Eagle-Pitts Steeler merger disolves
1942 CFL Grey Cup: Tor beats Win RCAF, 8 -5 at Toronto
1942 Seyss-Inquart orders students in nazi-Germany to go work
1942 West Indies chocolate/coffee drop above Netherland
1941 Football Writers Association of America organized
1941 Patrick Hamilton's "Angel Street," premieres in New York City
1941 Russian anti offensive in Moscow drives out nazi army
1941 Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved
1941 U.S. aircraft carrier Lexington and 5 heavy cruisers leave Pearl Harbor
1936 24th CFL Grey Cup: Sarnia Imperials defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-20
1936 Armenian SSR, Azerbaijan SSR, Georgian SSR, Kazakh SSR and Kirghiz SSR becomes constituent republics of Soviet Union
1935 1st coml hydroponics operation established (Montebello California)
1933 21st Am ratified, 18th Amendment, Prohibition, repealed
1932 German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa
1931 CFL Grey Cup: Mtl AAA beats Regina, 22-0 at Montreal
1929 1st U.S. nudist organization (American League for Physical Culture, New York City)
1928 England defeats Australia by record 675 runs at Brisbane
1928 MW Miklas elected president of Austria
1926 Sergei Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin," debuts
1925 13th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators defeats Win Tammany Tigers, 24-1
1925 German government of Luther falls
1924 Hamilton Tiger Red Green scores 5 goals to beat Tor Maple Leafs 10-5
1920 Pro football playoff game Akron and Buffalo 0-0 tie, title undecided
1918 Oil refinery on Curacao opens
1914 6th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats University of Toronto, 14-2
1908 1st football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh)
1906 British government-Balfour resigns
1905 Henry Campbell-Bannermam (Lib) becomes Prime Minister of England
1896 Henrik Ibsen's "Kejsor og Galileer," premieres in Leipzig
1894 Georges Feydeaus' "L'hotel du lobre echange," premoeres on Paros
1893 1st electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges
1892 Anti-semite Hermann Ahlwardt elected to Germany's Reichstag
1890 Berlioz' opera "Les Troyens," premieres in Karlsruhe
1887 Stanley's expedition reaches plateau at Lake Albert Congo
1881 47th Congress (1881-83) convenes
1879 1st automatic telephone switching system patented
1876 Daniel Stillson (Mass) patents 1st practical pipe wrench
1876 Fire at Brooklyn Theater kills 295, trampled or burned to death
1868 1st American bicycle college opens (NY)
1862 Battle of Coffeeville, MS
1861 Gatling gun patented
1859 Dion Boucicault's "Octaroon," premieres in New York City
1854 Aaron Allen of Boston patents folding theater chair
1848 President Polk triggers Gold Rush of '49, confirms California gold discovery
1846 C F Schoenbein obtains patent for cellulose nitrate explosive
1837 Hector Berlioz' "Requiem," premieres
1837 Uprising under William Lyon Mackenzie in Canada
1832 Andrew Jackson re-elected president of US
1831 Former President John Quincy Adams takes his seat as member of House of Representatives
1830 Hector Berlioz' "Symphonique fantastique," premieres in Paris
1813 Lubeck surrenders to allied armies
1804 Thomas Jefferson re-elected U.S. president/George Clinton vice-president
1798 Government troops occupy Hasselt
1792 George Washington re-elected U.S. president
1776 1st U.S. fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa (William and Mary College), forms
1766 London auctioneers Christie's hold their 1st sale
1757 Battle at Leuthen: Prussian army beats Austrians
1741 Russian princess Elisabeth Petrovna grabs powers
1602 Giulio Caccini's "Euridice," premieres in Florence
1590 Noccolo Sfondrato chosen Pope Gregory XIV
1496 Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I
1492 Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti)
1456 Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die
1448 Bishop Jona of Moscow chosen as metropolitan of Kiev/Intoxication
1349 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacre during Black Death riots
1301 Pope Boniface VIII's degree Ausculta fili (only nominee)