Today in History, December 5th

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, December 5th!

1484 Pope Innocent VIII issues a bill deploring the spread of witchcraft and heresy in Germany.
1776 Phi Beta Kappa is organized as the first American college Greek letter-fraternity, at William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va. PhiBetaKappa
1782 Martin Van Buren, the eighth U.S. president and the first to be born after the country was formed, was born in Kinderhook, N.Y.
1791 Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies in Vienna.
1792 George Washington was re-elected president and John Adams was re-elected vice president.
1831 Former President John Quincy Adams took his seat as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
1848 President James K. Polk triggered the Gold Rush of ’49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California.

President James K. Polk

President James K. Polk

1861 In the U.S. Congress, petitions and bills calling for the abolition of slavery are introduced.
1862 Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s cavalry receives a setback in 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 toward Murfreesboro, Tenn.
1901 Movie producer Walt Disney was born in Chicago.

Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse

Walt Disney

1904 The Japanese destroy a Russian fleet at Port Arthur in Korea.
1909 George Taylor makes the first manned glider flight in Australia in a glider that he designed himself.
1912 Italy, Austria and Germany renew the Triple Alliance for six years.
1916 David Lloyd George replaces Herbert Asquith as the British prime minister.
1921 The British empire reaches an accord with the Irish revolutionary group the Sinn Fein; Ireland is to become a free state.
1933 The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition in the United States, which had begun 13 years earlier.
1934 Italian and Ethiopian troops clash at the Ualual on disputed the Somali-Ethiopian border.
1936 The New Constitution in the Soviet Union promises universal suffrage, but the Communist Party remains the only legal political party. Communist Party Poster 1936
1937 The Lindberghs arrive in New York on a holiday visit after a two-year voluntary exile.
1945 Four TBM Avenger bombers disappear approximately 100 miles off the coast of Florida.
1950 Pyongyang in Korea falls to the invading Chinese army.
1953 Italy and Yugoslavia agree to pull troops out of the disputed Trieste border.
1955 The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO.
1966 Comedian and political activist Dick Gregory heads for Hanoi, North Vietnam, despite federal warnings against it.
1978 The Soviet Union signs a 20-year friendship pact with Afghanistan.
1994 Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades.
1996 Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan questioned whether the stock market was overvalued, saying in a speech in Washington, “How do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly inflated asset values?”
2002 Senate Republican leader Trent Lott praised Strom Thurmond’s pro-segregation 1948 presidential campaign. The ensuing uproar led to Lott’s resignation from the Senate leadership.

Racist politician

Trent Lott

2006 New York became the first city in the nation to ban artery-clogging trans fats at restaurants.
2008 A judge in Las Vegas sentenced O.J. Simpson to 33 years in prison (with eligibility for parole after nine) for an armed robbery at a hotel room.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG,, and On This Day blogs from my blogroll.

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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