What happened on October 5? There are more than 305 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About October 5

October 5 In HistoryOctober 5 is the 279th day of the year 2020. There are 87 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 41st week of the year 2020.

On this day in Polk, Nebraska 68654 sunrise occured at 07:33 AM and sunset occured at 07:05 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Libra. The modern birthstone for this month is Opal while the mystical birthstone is Jasper.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 130 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For October 5

  • 610
    Coronation of Byzantine Emperor Heraclius
  • 869
    The Fourth Council of Constantinople is convened to decide about what to do about Patriarch Photius of Constantinople.
  • 1143
    King Alfonso VII of León recognises Portugal as a Kingdom.
  • 1450
    Jews are expelled from Lower Bavaria by order of Louis IX, Duke of Bavaria.
  • 1550
    Foundation of Concepción, city in Chile.
  • 1582
    Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
  • 1665
    The University of Kiel is founded.
  • 1789
    French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris.
  • 1793
    French Revolution: Christianity is disestablished in France.
  • 1813
    Battle of Thames in Canada; Americans defeat British.
  • 1857
    The City of Anaheim is founded.
  • 1864
    The Indian city of Calcutta is almost totally destroyed by a cyclone; 60,000 die.
  • 1869
    The Saxby Gale devastates the Bay of Fundy region of Maritime Canada. The storm had been predicted over a year before by a British naval officer.
  • 1877
    Chief Joseph surrenders his Nez Perce band to General Nelson A. Miles.
  • 1895
    The first individual time trial for racing cyclists is held on a 50-mile course north of London.
  • 1903
    Sir Samuel Griffith is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O'Connor are appointed as foundation justices.
  • 1905
    Wilbur Wright pilots Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes, a world record that stood until 1908.
  • 1910
    In a revolution in Portugal the monarchy is overthrown and a republic is declared .
  • 1914
    World War I: first aerial combat resulting in an intentional fatality.
  • 1915
    Bulgaria enters World War I as one of the Central Powers.
  • 1921
    Baseball: The World Series is broadcast on the radio for the first time.
  • 1930
    British Airship R101 crashes in France en-route to India on its maiden voyage.
  • 1936
    The Jarrow March sets off for London.
  • 1943
    98 American POW’s executed by Japanese forces on Wake Island.
  • 1944
    Royal Canadian Air Force pilots shoot down the first German jet fighter over France.
  • 1944
    Suffrage is extended to women in France.
  • 1945
    Hollywood Black Friday: A six-month strike by Hollywood set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers’ studios.
  • 1947
    The first televised White House address is given by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.
  • 1948
    The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 110,000.
  • 1953
    The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held.
  • 1955
    Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California.
  • 1962
    Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, is released.
  • 1966
    Near Detroit, Michigan, there is a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration nuclear breeder reactor.
  • 1968
    Police baton civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland – considered to mark the beginning of The Troubles.
  • 1969
    The first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus airs on BBC.
  • 1970
    Montreal, Quebec: British Trade Commissioner James Cross is kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group, triggering the October Crisis.
  • 1970
    The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is founded.
  • 1973
    Signature of the European Patent Convention.
  • 1974
    Guildford pub bombings: bombs planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill four British soldiers and one civilian.
  • 1982
    Chicago Tylenol murders: Johnson & Johnson initiates a nationwide product recall in the United States for all products in its Tylenol brand after several bottles in Chicago are found to have been laced with cyanide, resulting in seven deaths.
  • 1984
    Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.
  • 1986
    Israeli secret nuclear weapons are revealed. The British newspaper The Sunday Times runs Mordechai Vanunu’s story on its front page under the headline: “Revealed — the secrets of Israel’s nuclear arsenal”.
  • 1988
    The Brazilian Constitution is ratified by Constituent Assembly.
  • 1988
    The Chilean opposition coalition Concertación (center-left) defeats Augusto Pinochet in his re-election attempt and a general election is called the following year.
  • 1990
    After one hundred and fifty years The Herald broadsheet newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, is published for the last time as a separate newspaper.
  • 1991
    An Indonesian military transport crashes after takeoff from Jakarta killing 137.
  • 1991
    The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, is released.
  • 1999
    The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London kills 31 people.
  • 2000
    Mass demonstrations in Belgrade lead to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević. These demonstrations are often called the Bulldozer Revolution.
  • 2001
    Robert Stevens becomes the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

Who Were Born On October 5?

  • 1338
    Alexios III, Emperor of Trebizond (d. 1390)
  • 1520
    Alessandro Farnese, Italian cardinal (d. 1589)
  • 1641
    Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan, French mistress of King Louis XIV of France (d. 1707)
  • 1658
    Mary of Modena, queen of James II of England (d. 1718)
  • 1695
    John Glas, Scottish minister (d. 1773)
  • 1703
    Jonathan Edwards, American minister (d. 1758)
  • 1712
    Francesco Guardi, Italian painter (d. 1793)
  • 1713
    Denis Diderot, French philosopher and encyclopedist (d. 1784)
  • 1715
    Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau, French economist (d. 1789)
  • 1717
    Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle duchess de Châteauroux, French mistress of King Louis XV of France (d. 1744)
  • 1781
    Bernard Bolzano, Czech mathematician and philosopher (d. 1848)
  • 1792
    Joseph Crosfield, English soap and alkali manufacturer (d. 1844)
  • 1795
    Alexander Keith, Scottish-born Canadian brewer (d. 1873)
  • 1820
    David Wilber, American politician (d. 1890)
  • 1824
    Henry Chadwick, English-born American baseball writer and statistician (d. 1908)
  • 1829
    Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States (d. 1886)
  • 1844
    Francis William Reitz, State President of the Orange Free State (d. 1934)
  • 1848
    Guido von List, German writer (d. 1919)
  • 1850
    Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer and politician, and President of the First Imperial Duma (d. 1910)
  • 1857
    Peadar Mac Fhionnlaoich, Irish Language writer (d. 1942)
  • 1864
    Louis Lumière, French film pioneer (d. 1948)
  • 1878
    Louise Dresser, American actress (d. 1965)
  • 1879
    Francis Peyton Rous, American pathologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1970)
  • 1882
    Robert Goddard, American rocket scientist (d. 1945)
  • 1887
    René Cassin, French jurist and Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
  • 1889
    Teresa de la Parra, Venezuelan writer (d. 1936)
  • 1892
    Remington Kellogg, American naturalist (d. 1969)
  • 1894
    Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (d. 1948)
  • 1898
    Nachum Gutman, Israeli painter (d. 1980)
  • 1899
    Georg, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1963)
  • 1901
    John Alton, American cinematographer (d. 1996)
  • 1902
    Larry Fine, American actor and comedian (d. 1975)
  • 1902
    Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (d. 1984)
  • 1903
    M. King Hubbert, American geophysicist (d. 1989)
  • 1905
    Harriet E. MacGibbon, American actress (d. 1987)
  • 1905
    John Hoyt, American film and television actor (d. 1991)
  • 1907
    Mrs. Miller, American singer (d. 1997)
  • 1908
    Joshua Logan, American film director and writer (d. 1988)
  • 1909
    Tony Malinosky, American baseball player (d. 2011)
  • 1911
    Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (d. 1966)
  • 1911
    Pierre Dansereau, Canadian ecologist (d. 2011)
  • 1912
    Fritz Fischer, Nazi war criminal (d. 2003)
  • 1913
    Eugene Bennett Fluckey American Navy Submariner (d. 2007)
  • 1916
    Stetson Kennedy, American writer (d. 2011)
  • 1917
    Allen Ludden, American television game show host (d. 1981)
  • 1919
    Donald Pleasence, English actor (d. 1995)
  • 1919
    Robin Bailey, English actor (d. 1999)
  • 1921
    Bill Willis, American football player (d. 2007)
  • 1922
    Bil Keane, American cartoonist (d. 2011)
  • 1922
    Jock Stein, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 1985)
  • 1922
    José Froilán González, Argentine race car driver
  • 1923
    Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer (d. 1994)
  • 1923
    Glynis Johns, British actress
  • 1923
    Philip Berrigan, American peace activist (d. 2002)
  • 1923
    Stig Dagerman, Swedish writer (d. 1954)
  • 1924
    Barbara Kelly, Canadian-born actress (d. 2007)
  • 1924
    Bill Dana, American actor
  • 1924
    Bob Thaves, American cartoonist Frank and Ernest (comic strip) (d. 2006)
  • 1924
    José Donoso, Chilean writer (d. 1996)
  • 1925
    Gail Davis, American actress (d. 1997)
  • 1926
    Willi Unsoeld, American climber (d. 1979)
  • 1928
    Louise Fitzhugh, American author (d. 1974)
  • 1929
    Bill Wirtz, American ice hockey executive (d. 2007)
  • 1929
    Fred Feast, English actor (d. 1999)
  • 1929
    Richard F. Gordon, Jr., American astronaut
  • 1930
    Anne Haddy, Australian actress (d. 1999)
  • 1930
    Pavel Popovich, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 2009)
  • 1930
    Reinhard Selten, German economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1932
    Dean Prentice, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1932
    Michael John Rogers, English ornithologist (d. 2006)
  • 1933
    Diane Cilento, Australian actress
  • 1934
    Angelo Buono, Jr., American serial killer (d. 2002)
  • 1934
    Kenneth D. Taylor, Canadian ambassador to Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis
  • 1935
    Arlene Saunders, American soprano
  • 1936
    Václav Havel, President of the Czech Republic (d. 2011)
  • 1937
    Barry Switzer, American football coach
  • 1938
    Teresa Heinz Kerry, American philanthropist
  • 1939
    Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • 1939
    Marie-Claire Blais, French Canadian author and playwright
  • 1939
    Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress
  • 1939
    Walter Wolf, Slovenian-born Canadian industrialist
  • 1940
    John Byrne Cooke, American novelist and photographer; son of Alistair Cooke
  • 1940
    Milena Dravić, Serbian actress
  • 1940
    Thom Christopher, American actor
  • 1941
    Eduardo Duhalde, President of Argentina
  • 1942
    Richard Street, American singer (The Temptations)
  • 1943
    Ben Cardin, American politician, junior senator of Maryland
  • 1943
    Steve Miller, American musician (Steve Miller Band)
  • 1945
    Brian Connolly, Scottish singer (Sweet) (d. 1997)
  • 1945
    Geoff Leigh, English musician (Henry Cow)
  • 1946
    Jean Perron, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • 1946
    Zahida Hina, Pakistani columnist
  • 1947
    Brian Johnson, English singer (AC/DC)
  • 1948
    Carter Cornelius, American musician (Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose) (d. 1991)
  • 1948
    Tawl Ross, American musician (P Funk)
  • 1948
    Zoran Živković, Serbian writer
  • 1949
    B. W. Stevenson, American singer (d. 1988)
  • 1949
    Bill James, American baseball writer
  • 1949
    Ralph Goodale, Canadian politician
  • 1950
    Eddie Clarke, English guitarist (Motörhead, Fastway)
  • 1950
    Edward P. Jones, American writer
  • 1950
    James Rizzi, American pop artist (d. 2011)
  • 1950
    Jeff Conaway, American actor (d. 2011)
  • 1951
    Bob Geldof, Irish singer (The Boomtown Rats) and activist
  • 1951
    Karen Allen, American actress
  • 1952
    Clive Barker, English writer
  • 1952
    Duncan Regehr, Canadian actor
  • 1952
    Gigi Sabani, Italian TV host (d. 2007)
  • 1955
    Ángela Molina, Spanish actress
  • 1955
    Caroline Loeb, French singer and actress
  • 1955
    Jean-Jacques Lafon, French singer-songwriter
  • 1955
    John Alexander, English former footballer
  • 1957
    Bernie Mac, American actor and comedian (d. 2008)
  • 1957
    Lee Thompson, English saxophonist (Madness), vocalist
  • 1957
    Mark Geragos, American attorney
  • 1958
    André Kuipers, Dutch astronaut
  • 1958
    Neil DeGrasse Tyson, American Astrophysicist
  • 1959
    Maya Lin, American sculptor/architect
  • 1960
    Careca, Brazilian footballer
  • 1960
    Daniel Baldwin, American actor
  • 1960
    David Kirk, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1960
    Evangelia Tzampazi, Greek politician
  • 1961
    Matthew Kauffman, American journalist and George Polk Award winner
  • 1961
    Sharon Cheslow, American musician, composer and artist
  • 1962
    Caron Keating, British television personality (d. 2004)
  • 1962
    Michael Andretti, American race car driver
  • 1962
    Thomas Herbst, German footballer
  • 1963
    Laura Davies, English golfer
  • 1964
    Keiji Fujiwara, Japanese voice actor
  • 1964
    Malik Saidullaev Chechen businessman
  • 1964
    Warren E. Miller, Maryland politician
  • 1965
    Mario Lemieux, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1965
    Patrick Roy, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1965
    Trace Armstrong, American football player
  • 1966
    Dennis Byrd, American football player
  • 1966
    Jan Verhaas, Dutch snooker referee
  • 1966
    Sean M. Carroll, American cosmologist
  • 1966
    Terri Runnels, Former Wrestling manager and valet
  • 1967
    Guy Pearce, Anglo-Australian actor
  • 1967
    Rex Chapman, American basketball player
  • 1970
    Audie Pitre, bass guitarist (d. 1996)
  • 1970
    Josie Bissett, American actress
  • 1971
    Mauricio Pellegrino, Argentine former footballer
  • 1971
    Samuel Vincent, Canadian voice actor
  • 1971
    South Park Mexican, American rapper
  • 1972
    Aaron Guiel, Canadian baseball outfielder
  • 1972
    Grant Hill, American basketball player
  • 1972
    Thomas Roberts, American news anchor
  • 1974
    Alex Walkinshaw, English actor
  • 1974
    Colin Meloy, American singer (The Decemberists)
  • 1974
    Heather Headley, Trinidadian singer
  • 1974
    Rich Franklin, American Mixed Martial Artist
  • 1975
    Bobo Baldé, Guinean footballer
  • 1975
    Carson Ellis, American artist
  • 1975
    Kate Winslet, English actress
  • 1975
    Parminder Nagra, English actress
  • 1975
    Scott Weinger American actor
  • 1976
    J. J. Yeley, American race car driver
  • 1976
    Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechen President
  • 1976
    Royston Tan, Singaporean screenwriter & director
  • 1976
    Song Seung-hun, South Korean actor
  • 1978
    James Valentine, American musician (Maroon 5)
  • 1978
    Jesse Palmer, Canadian-born American football player
  • 1978
    Morgan Webb, Canadian-born television presenter
  • 1978
    Shane Ryan, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • 1979
    Curtis Sanford, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979
    Joe Lipari, American writer, comedian & filmmaker
  • 1979
    Vincenzo Grella, Australian footballer
  • 1980
    James Toseland, British motorcycle racer
  • 1981
    Kelvin Tan Wei Lian, Singaporean singer
  • 1982
    Steve Williams, Australian-born German rugby player
  • 1983
    Jesse Eisenberg, American actor
  • 1983
    Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1983
    Nicky Hilton, American heiress
  • 1983
    Noot Seear, Canadian fashion model and actress
  • 1984
    Kenwyne Jones, Trinidadian footballer
  • 1984
    Naima Adedapo, American Idol season 10 finalist
  • 1984
    Tiana Benjamin, British actress
  • 1985
    Nicola Roberts, English singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 1986
    Mladen Bartulović, Croatian footballer
  • 1987
    Javier Villa, Spanish racing driver
  • 1987
    Kevin Mirallas, Belgian footballer
  • 1987
    Park So Yeon, South Korean Singer (T-ara)
  • 1987
    Tim Ream, American soccer player
  • 1988
    Bahar Kızıl, German Singer (Monrose)
  • 1988
    Benny Howell, English cricketer

Who Died On October 5?

  • 578
    Justin II, Byzantine Emperor
  • 1056
    Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1017)
  • 1112
    Sigebert of Gembloux, French chronicler
  • 1214
    King Alfonso VIII of Castile (b. 1155)
  • 1285
    King Philip III of France (b. 1245)
  • 1528
    Richard Foxe, English churchman
  • 1540
    Helius Eobanus Hessus, German poet (b. 1488)
  • 1564
    Pierre de Manchicourt, Flemish composer
  • 1565
    Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician (b. 1522)
  • 1606
    Philippe Desportes, French poet (b. 1546)
  • 1714
    Kaibara Ekiken, Japanese philosopher (b. 1630)
  • 1740
    Johann Philipp Baratier, German scholar (b. 1721)
  • 1777
    Johann Andreas Segner, Slovak and German mathematician, physicist, and physician (b. 1704)
  • 1791
    Grigori Potemkin, Russian statesman (b. 1739)
  • 1805
    Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, British general (b. 1738)
  • 1813
    Tecumseh, Shawnee leader (b. 1768)
  • 1848
    Joseph Hormayr Freiherr zu Hortenburg, Austrian politician (b. 1781)
  • 1861
    Antoni Melchior Fijałkowski, Polish bishop (b. 1778)
  • 1880
    Jacques Offenbach, German-born composer (b. 1819)
  • 1895
    Ralph Tollemache, British clergyman (b. 1826)
  • 1913
    Hans von Bartels, German painter (b. 1856)
  • 1918
    Roland Garros, French pilot (b. 1888)
  • 1930
    Christopher Birdwood Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson, British military officer (b. 1875)
  • 1933
    Nikolai Nikolaevich Yudenich, Russian general (b. 1862)
  • 1933
    Renée Adorée, French actress (b. 1898)
  • 1936
    J. Slauerhoff, Dutch poet and novelist (b. 1898)
  • 1938
    Saint Faustina, Polish saint (b. 1905)
  • 1940
    Ballington Booth, English-born American religious leader (b. 1857)
  • 1940
    Lincoln Loy McCandless, American cattle rancher (b. 1859)
  • 1940
    Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican musician (b. 1889)
  • 1941
    Louis Dembitz Brandeis, American jurist (b. 1856)
  • 1943
    Leon Roppolo, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1950
    Frederic Lewy, German neurologist (b. 1885)
  • 1952
    Joe Jagersberger, Austrian racing driver (b. 1884)
  • 1975
    Lady Constance Malleson, British actor and writer (b. 1895)
  • 1976
    Barbara Nichols, American actress (b. 1929)
  • 1976
    Lars Onsager, Norwegian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1981
    Gloria Grahame, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1983
    Earl Tupper, American inventor (b. 1907)
  • 1983
    Humberto Mauro, Brazilian film director and screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • 1986
    Hal B. Wallis, American film producer (b. 1898)
  • 1986
    James H. Wilkinson, English mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 1986
    Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • 1992
    Eddie Kendricks, American singer (The Temptations) (b. 1939)
  • 1993
    Jim Holton, Scottish footballer (b. 1951)
  • 1995
    Linda Gary, American voice actress (b. 1944)
  • 1996
    Seymour Cray, American electrical engineer and supercomputer architect (b. 1925)
  • 1997
    Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 2000
    Cătălin Hîldan, Romanian footballer (b. 1976)
  • 2001
    Mike Mansfield, American politician (b. 1903)
  • 2002
    Chuck Rayner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Dan Snyder, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1978)
  • 2003
    Denis Quilley, English actor (b. 1927)
  • 2003
    Timothy Treadwell, American bear enthusiast and documentary film maker (b. 1957)
  • 2004
    Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2004
    Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian (b. 1921)
  • 2004
    William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer (b. 1941)
  • 2006
    Antonio Peña, Mexican lucha libre promoter (b. 1953)
  • 2006
    Jennifer Moss, English actress (b. 1945)
  • 2007
    Justin Tuveri, Italian WWI veteran (b. 1898)
  • 2009
    Mike Alexander, English bassist (Evile) (b. 1977)
  • 2010
    Bernard Clavel, French novelist (b. 1923)
  • 2010
    Mary Leona Gage, American beauty pageant winner and actress (b. 1939)
  • 2010
    Steve Lee, Swiss musician and vocalist (Gotthard) (b. 1963)
  • 2011
    Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (b. 1943)
  • 2011
    Charles Napier, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2011
    Derrick Bell, American legal scholar and civil rights advocate (b. 1930)
  • 2011
    Fred Shuttlesworth, American civil rights activist (b. 1922)
  • 2011
    Steve Jobs, American computer entrepreneur and innovator, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. (b. 1955)

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