Today in History, March 5th


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

1624 Class-based legislation is passed in the colony of Virginia, exempting the upper class from punishment by whipping.
1766 Antonio de Ulloa, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans.Antonio-de-Ulloa
1770 The Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers, taunted by a crowd of colonists, opened fire, killing five people.
1793 Austrian troops crush the French and recapture Liege.
1821 James Monroe becomes the first president to be inaugurated on March 5, only because the 4th was a Sunday.
1867 An abortive Fenian uprising against English rule took place in Ireland.
1905 Russians begin to retreat from Mukden in Manchuria, China.
1912 The Italians become the first to use dirigibles for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance flights behind Turkish lines west of Tripoli.
1918 The Soviets move the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow.
1928 Hitler’s National Socialists win the majority vote in Bavaria.
1933 Newly inaugurated President Franklin D. Roosevelt halts the trading of gold and declares a bank holiday.
1933 Hitler and Nationalist allies win the Reichstag majority. It will be the last free election in Germany until after World War II.
1943 In desperation due to war losses, fifteen and sixteen year olds are called up for military service in the German army.
1946 In Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill tells a crowd that “an iron curtain has descended on the Continent [of Europe].”
1953 Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin died at age 73 after nearly three decades in power.Joseph-Stalin-dead
1956 The U.S. Supreme Court affirms the ban on segregation in public schools in Brown vs. Board of Education.
1963 Country music singer Patsy Cline died in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn., at age 30.
1969 Gustav Heinemann is elected West German President.
1970 The nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect.
1976 Britain gives up on the Ulster talks and decides to retain rule in Northern Ireland indefinitely.
1982 Comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose at age 33.
1984 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that cities have the right to display the Nativity scene as part of their Christmas display.
2001 Vice President Dick Cheney underwent an angioplasty for a partially blocked artery.
2004 Martha Stewart was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she’d unloaded her Imclone Systems Inc. stock just before the price plummeted.Martha-Stewart-Guilty

Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and