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March 5 Historical Events

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

Found 40 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 363
    Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90,000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a campaign which would bring about his own death.
  • 1046
    Naser Khosrow begins the seven-year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama.
  • 1279
    The Livonian Order is defeated in the Battle of Aizkraukle by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
  • 1496
    King Henry VII of England issues letters patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorising them to explore unknown lands.
  • 1616
    Nicolaus Copernicus’s book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium is banned by the Catholic Church
  • 1766
    Antonio de Ulloa, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans.
  • 1770
    Boston Massacre: Five Americans, including Crispus Attucks, are fatally shot by British troops in an event that would contribute to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence) five years later.
  • 1811
    Peninsular War: A French force under the command of Marshal Victor is routed while trying to prevent an Anglo-Spanish-Portuguese army from lifting the Siege of Cádiz in the Battle of Barrosa.
  • 1824
    First Anglo-Burmese War: The British officially declare war on Burma.
  • 1836
    Samuel Colt patents the first production-model revolver, the .34-caliber.
  • 1850
    The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the island of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales is opened.
  • 1860
    Parma, Tuscany, Modena and Romagna vote in referendums to join the Kingdom of Sardinia.
  • 1868
    Mefistofele, an opera by Arrigo Boito receives its première performance at La Scala.
  • 1872
    George Westinghouse patents the air brake.
  • 1906
    Moro Rebellion: United States Army troops bring overwhelming force against the native Moros in the First Battle of Bud Dajo, leaving only six survivors.
  • 1912
    Italo-Turkish War: Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, employing them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines.
  • 1931
    The British Viceroy of India, Governor-General Edward Frederick Lindley Wood and Mohandas Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) sign an agreement envisaging the release of political prisoners and allowing salt to be freely used by the poorest members of the population.
  • 1933
    Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a “bank holiday”, closing all U.S. banks and freezing all financial transactions.
  • 1933
    Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party receives 43.9% at the Reichstag elections. This later allows the Nazis to pass the Enabling Act and establish a dictatorship.
  • 1936
    First flight of Supermarine Spitfire advanced monoplane fighter aircraft in the United Kingdom.
  • 1940
    Six high-ranking members of Soviet politburo, including General Secretary Joseph Stalin, sign an order for the execution of 25,700 Polish intelligentsia, including 14,700 Polish POWs, in what will become known as the Katyn massacre.
  • 1943
    First flight of Gloster Meteor jet aircraft in the United Kingdom.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Red Army begins the Uman–Botoșani Offensive in the western Ukrainian SSR.
  • 1946
    Winston Churchill coins the phrase “Iron Curtain” in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri.
  • 1946
    Hungarian Communists and Social Democrats co-found the Left Bloc.
  • 1960
    Cuban photographer Alberto Korda takes his iconic photograph of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
  • 1965
    March Intifada: A Leftist uprising erupts in Bahrain against British colonial presence.
  • 1966
    BOAC Flight 911 crashes on Mount Fuji, Japan, killing 124.
  • 1970
    The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect after ratification by 43 nations.
  • 1974
    Yom Kippur War: Israeli forces withdraw from the west bank of the Suez Canal.

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