On this Day in History, December 5

Are you into reading or watching historical movies and would love to gain more knowledge on different days in history?

Check out our compilation of different events that happened on December 5 in history.

  • 1782 – The first native U.S. president, Martin Van Buren, was born in Kinderhook, NY.
  • 1848 – U.S. President Polk triggered the Gold Rush of ’49 by confirming the fact that gold had been discovered in California.
  • 1901 – Movie producer Walt Disney was born in Chicago.
  • 1933 – A national ban on alcohol in the U.S. ended.
  • 1934 – A fight broke out between Italian and Ethiopian troops on the Somalian border.
  • 1936 – The Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic was established as a republic of the Soviet Union.
  • 1956 – British and French forces began a withdrawal from Egypt during the Suez War.
  • 1961 – United Nations forces launched an attack in Katanga, the Congo, near Elizabethville.
  • 1962 – The U.S. and the Soviet Union agreed to cooperate in the peaceful use of outer space.
  • 1971 – The Soviet Union, at United Nations Security Council, vetoed a resolution calling for a cease-fire in hostilities between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.
  • 1977 – Egypt breaks all relations with Arab countries.
  • 1990 – Iraq announced willingness to speak with US about resolving the Persian Gulf crisis.
  • 1993 – Rafael Caldera was elected President of Venezuela.
  • 2005 – UK’s Civil Partnership Act of 2004 came into force almost a year after it was passed.
  • 2008 – The iTunes Music Store reached 300 million applications downloaded.
  • 2016Malta became the 1st country in Europe to outlaw conversion therapy.
  • 2017 – Online store Amazon began operations in Australia.
  • 2018 – National day of mourning for former US President George H. W. Bush.
  • 2019 – WHO says 142,000 people died of the measles around the world in 2018, nearly 20,000 more than in 2017.
  • 2019 – There was a national strike in France; more than 800,000 people in 100 cities protested against proposed pension reform.

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