October 5


1852 – State Normal School (now Eastern Michigan University) was dedicated for teacher education.

1904 – The Ryerson Library in Grand Rapids, MI was dedicated after the Grand Rapids Public Library received a gift from Martin Antione Ryerson (grandson of Louis Campau).

1905 – Wilbur Wright piloted the Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes, a world record that stood until 1908.

1921 – The World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time. The teams playing were the New York Giants and the New York Yankees.

1930 – Laura Ingalls became the first woman to make a transcontinental airplane flight.

1931 – Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon landed in Washington after flying non-stop across the Pacific Ocean. The flight originated in Japan and took about 41 hours.

1947 – President Harry S. Truman made the first televised address from the White House, speaking about an international food crisis.

1955 – Disneyland Hotel opened to the public in Anaheim, CA.

1962 – The movie “Dr. No”, the first in the James Bond film series, was released.

1966 – There was a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration nuclear breeder reactor near Detroit, MI.

1969 – “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” debuted on BBC television.

1970 – The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was founded.

1974 – After four years and 21 pairs of shoes, American David Kunst completed the first journey around the world on foot. He crossed four continents and walked 14,450 miles.

1982 – Johnson & Johnson initiated a nationwide recall in the U.S. for all products in its Tylenol brand after several bottles in Chicago, IL, were found to have been laced with cyanide. Seven people died.

1989 – Televangelist Jim Bakker was convicted of fraud.

1990 – A jury in Cincinnati, OH acquitted an art gallery and its director of obscenity charges stemming from an exhibit of sexually graphic photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe.

1998 – Margaret Ray, the woman who famously stalked David Letterman, committed suicide by kneeling in front of an oncoming train in Colorado.

1999 – Kevin Spacey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2001 – A photo editor at Florida’s American Media becomes the first person to die from anthrax in a still-unsolved terror campaign.

2001 – Barry Bonds surpassed Mark McGwire’s single season home run total by hitting his milestone 71st and 72nd home runs.

2004 – John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole for a third time.

2006 – Walmart rolled out its $4 generic drug program to the entire state of Florida after a successful test in the Tampa area.



Glynis Johns 1923 – Actress (“Mary Poppins”)

Richard (Dick) Gordon, Jr. 1929 – NASA Astronaut

Steve Miller 1943 – Musician (The Steve Miller Band)

Brian Johnson 1947 – Singer (AC/DC)

Karen Allen 1951 – Actress (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Animal House”, “Starman”)

Bob Geldof 1951 – Musician (Boomtown Rats), organizer of the charity events Live Aid and Live 8.

Clive Barker 1952 – Writer, producer, director (“The Hellraiser” series, “Nightbreed”)

Harold Faltemeyer 1952 – Musician (“Axel F” theme for “Beverly Hills Cop”)

Daniel Baldwin 1960 – Actor (“Vampires”, “Mulholland Falls”, TV’s “Cold Case”, “Homicide: Life on the Street”)

David Bryson 1961 – Musician (Counting Crows)

Michael Andretti 1962 – Race car driver

Dave Dederer 1964 – Musician (Presidents of the U.S.A.)

Mario Lemieux 1965 – Hockey player

Guy Pearce 1967 – Actor (TV’s “Neighbours”, movies “The King’s Speech”, “The Hurt Locker”, “L.A. Confidential”, “Rules of Engagement”, “Memento”, “The Time Machine”, “Traitor”, “Lawless”, “Prometheus”)

Josie Bissett 1970 – Actress (TV’s “Melrose Place”, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”)

Grant Hill 1972 – NBA Basketball player (Detroit Pistons 1994-2000)

Scott Weinger 1975 – Actor (Voice of the title character in Disney’s “Aladdin”, TV’s “Full House”, “Fuller House”)

Kate Winslet 1975 – Actress (“The Reader, “Steve Jobs”, “Little Children”, “Titanic”, “Sense and Sensibility”, “Iris”)

Paul Thomas 1980 – Musician (Good Charlotte)

Jesse Eisenberg 1983 – Actor (“The Social Network”, “Now You See Me”, “30 Minutes or Less”, “Zombieland”, “Adventureland”, “The Squid and the Whale”, “Roger Dodger”)



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