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December 5 Historical Events

The following events took place on December 5. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 48 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 63 BC
    Cicero gives the fourth and final of the Catiline Orations.
  • 633
    Fourth Council of Toledo takes place.
  • 1082
    Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona is assassinated.
  • 1408
    Emir Edigu of Golden Horde reaches Moscow.
  • 1484
    Pope Innocent VIII issues the Summis desiderantes affectibus, a papal bull that deputizes Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger as inquisitors to root out alleged witchcraft in Germany.
  • 1492
    Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
  • 1496
    King Manuel I of Portugal issues a decree of expulsion of “heretics” from the country.
  • 1757
    Seven Years’ War: Battle of Leuthen – Frederick II of Prussia leads Prussian forces to a decisive victory over Austrian forces under Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine.
  • 1766
    In London, James Christie holds his first sale.
  • 1775
    At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • 1815
    Foundation of Maceió, Brazil.
  • 1831
    Former U.S. President John Quincy Adams takes his seat in the House of Representatives.
  • 1847
    Jefferson Davis is elected to the U.S. senate.
  • 1848
    California Gold Rush: In a message to the United States Congress, U.S. President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California.
  • 1865
    Chincha Islands War: Peru allies with Chile against Spain.
  • 1876
    The Brooklyn Theater Fire kills at least 278 people in Brooklyn, New York.
  • 1916
    British premier H. H. Asquith resigns from his post.
  • 1920
    Dimitrios Rallis forms a government in Greece.
  • 1931
    Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow was destroyed by an order of Joseph Stalin.
  • 1932
    German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.
  • 1933
    Prohibition in the United States ends: Utah becomes the 36th U.S. state to ratify the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, thus establishing the required 75% of states needed to enact the amendment. (This overturned the 18th Amendment which had made the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol illegal in the United States.)
  • 1934
    Abyssinia Crisis: Italian troops attack Wal Wal in Abyssinia, taking four days to capture the city.
  • 1936
    The Soviet Union adopts a new constitution and the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic is established as a full Union Republic of the USSR.
  • 1941
    World War II: In the Battle of Moscow, Georgy Zhukov launches a massive Soviet counter-attack against the German army, with the biggest offensive launched against Army Group Centre.
  • 1941
    World War II: Great Britain declares war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.
  • 1943
    World War II: Allied air forces begin attacking Germany’s secret weapons bases in Operation Crossbow.
  • 1945
    Flight 19 is lost in the Bermuda Triangle.
  • 1952
    Great Smog: A cold fog descends upon London, combining with air pollution and killing at least 12,000 in the weeks and months that follow.
  • 1955
    The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge and form the AFL–CIO.
  • 1955
    E. D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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