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12/5/2022 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - December 5
(L-R) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,John Q. Adams and Andrew Jackson
(L-R) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
John Q. Adams and Andrew Jackson

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Today in History in the following U.S. Presidents were re-elected: in 1782 George Washington, in 1804 Thomas Jefferson, in 1832 Andrew Jackson; and in 1831 former President John Q. Adams took his seat as a member of the House of Representatives.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 771 - Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman.
  • 1349 - 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacre during Black Death riots
  • 1456 - Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die
  • 1492 - Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti)
  • 1717 - Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock, prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock would later provide the first recorded of Blackbeard's appearance, with specific reference to his "very black beard", providing the source for his name
  • 1792 - George Washington re-elected as US president
  • 1804 - Thomas Jefferson re-elected US President, George Clinton Vice President
  • 1831 - Former US President John Q Adams takes his seat as a member of House of Representatives
  • 1832 - Andrew Jackson re-elected President of US
  • 1840 - Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death
  • 1847 - Jefferson Davis is elected to the US senate, his first political post.
  • 1848 - President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California
  • 1932 - German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America
  • 1933 - 21st Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, 18th Amendment (Prohibition of alcohol) repealed (5:32 PM EST)
  • 2008 - Human remains previously found in 1991 are finally identified by Russian and American scientists as those of Tsar Nicholas II.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1782 - Martin Van Buren, Kinderhook New York, (D) 8th US president (1837-41)
  • 1839 - George Armstrong Custer, New Rumley, Ohio, Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1876)
  • 1901 - Walter Elias Disney, Chicago, animator (Mickey Mouse), (d. 1966)
  • 1903 - Cecil Frank Powell, Tonbridge, Kent, physicist, discovered pion (Nobel 1950), (d.1969)
  • 1905 - Otto Preminger, Austria, director/producer (Laura, Exodus)
  • 1926 - George Savalas, Bronx NY, actor (Kojak)
  • 1932 - Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], Macon, Georgia, American singer-songwriter (Tutti Frutti)
  • 1947 - Jim Messina, rocker (Loggins & Messina-Your Mamma Don't Dance)
  • 1947 - Jim Plunkett, San Jose, CA, NFL quarterback (New England, Oakland)

Famous Weddings

  • 1926 - Gangster Carlo Gambino (24) weds his first cousin Catherine Castellano
  • 1932 - "East of Eden" director Elia Kazan (23) weds playwright Molly Day Thatcher (25)
  • 1943 - Singer and actress Dinah Shore (27) weds actor George Montgomery (27)
  • 1945 - Actor Eddie Albert (39) weds actress Margo (28)
  • 1947 - "Spiderman" creator Stan Lee (24) weds Joan Clayton Boocock

Famous Deaths

  • 1784 - Phillis Wheatley, American poet and first published African-American woman, dies in Boston at 31
  • 1870 - Alexandre Dumas, French writer ('The Three Musketeers', 'The Count of Monte Cristo') dies at 68
  • 1926 - Claude Monet, French impressionist, dies at 86
  • 1942 - Buck Jones, Hollywood's last cowboy hero actor (Headin' East), buried
  • 2002 - Roone Arledge, American sports broadcasting pioneer, dies of prostate cancer at 71
  • 2013 - Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-1990) and South African President (1994-99) dies of a lung infection at 95

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