December 5

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1776 – In Williamsburg, VA, at the College of William and Mary the first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized.

1782 – The first native United States President, Martin Van Buren, was born in Kinderhook, NY.

1792 – George Washington was re-elected President.

1843 – The first ship to be called U.S.S. Michigan was launched. It served it’s time on the Great Lakes.

1848 – President James K. Polk triggered the Gold Rush of ’49 by confirming the gold had been discovered in California.

1876 – The first practical pipe wrench, the Stillson wrench, was patented by D.C. Stillson.

1893 – The first electric car was introduced.

1908 – At the University of Pittsburgh, numbers were first used on football uniforms worn by college football players.

1932 – German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa making it possible for him to travel to the United States.

1933 – Prohibition came to an end when Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, thus establishing the required 75% of states needed to enact the amendment.

1935 – The first commercial hydroponics operation was established in Montebello, CA.

1945 – The so-called “Lost Squadron” disappeared. The five U.S. Navy Avenger bombers carrying 14 Navy flyers began a training mission at the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station. They were never heard from again.

1951 – The first push button-controlled garage opened in Washington, DC.

1955 – E.D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

1955 – The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO.

1962 – The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to cooperate in the peaceful uses of outer space.

1974 – The BBC airs the last original episode of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”.

1978 – The American space probe Pioneer Venus I, orbiting Venus, began beaming back its first information and picture of the planet.

1983 – The video arcade game “NFL Football” was unveiled in Chicago, IL. It was the first video arcade game to be licensed by the National Football League.

1985 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 1,500 for the first time.

1988 – Jim Bakker and former aide, Richard Dortch, were indicted by a federal grand jury in North Carolina on fraud and conspiracy charges.

1997 – Matt Damon and Matt Affleck debuted their screenwriting efforts when “Good Will Hunting” opened in theaters.

2002 – The movie “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” opened in theaters.

2008 – O.J. Simpson was sentenced to between 15 and 27 years in prison in a Las Vegas, NV court for kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges.

2008 – The iTunes Music Store reached 300 million applications downloaded.

2010 – Merle Haggard, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey were among those receiving the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.

2010 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft became the longest-operating spacecraft ever sent to Mars. The Odyssey entered orbit around Mars on October 23, 2001.

2014 – NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle debuted when it was launched for a four hour test flight. It landed on target in the Pacific Ocean.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Little Richard 1932 – Singer

Jim Messina 1947 – Musician (Buffalo Springfield, Loggins and Messina)

Morgan Brittany 1951 – Actress (TV’s “Dallas”)

Brian Backer 1956 – Actor (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “Moving Violations”, “Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol”, TV’s “Santa Barbara”)

Jack Russell 1960 – Musician (Great White)

John Rzeznick 1965 – Musician (The Goo Goo Dolls)

Gary Allan 1967 – Country singer

Margaret Cho 1968 – Actress, comedian (competed on Season 11 of TV’s “Dancing With the Stars”)

Paula Patton 1975 – Actress (“Jumping the Broom”, “Just Wright”, “Precious”, “Swing Vote”, “Mirrors”, “Deja Vu”, “Idlewild”)

Nick Stahl 1979 – Actor (“The Man Without a Face”, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”, “The Thin Red Line”, “In the Bedroom”, “Bully”, “Sin City”, “Mirrors 2”, “Afghan Luke”, “Away from Here”, HBO’s “Carnivàle”)

Frankie Muniz 1985 – Actor (TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle”, movies “Agent Cody Banks”, “Big Fat Liar”)

Ross Bagley 1988 – Actor (TV’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, movies “The Little Rascals”, “Independence Day”)

 

TODAY IS:

Bathtub Party Day

International Ninja Day

Repeal Day

Sachertorte Day

World Soil Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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