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On this day in history - December 5

What Happened On This Day – December 5

  • 2005 UK's Civil Partnership Act of 2004 comes into force

    UK's Civil Partnership Act of 2004 came into force almost a year after it was passed.

  • 1977 Egypt breaks all relations with Arab countries

    President Anwar al-Sadat broke all relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, and South Yemen in response to these countries and the Palestinian Liberation Organization signing the Declaration of Tripoli. The declaration followed Sadat's visit to Israel.

  • 1936 Establishment of the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic

    The Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic was established as a republic of the Soviet Union.

  • 1933 End of prohibition in the U.S.

    A national ban on alcohol in the U.S. first instituted in 1920 by the 18th amendment, ended on this day after the ratification of the 21st amendment.

  • 1766 Christie's hold their first sale

    Art auction house Christie's founder James Christie made his first art sale.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
December 5

  • 1975 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    English snooker player

  • 1927 Bhumibol Adulyadej

    Thai king

  • 1907 Lin Biao

    Chinese military officer, politician, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China

  • 1901 Walt Disney

    American animator, director, screenwriter, producer, co-founded The Company

  • 1901 Werner Heisenberg

    German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
December 5

  • 2012 Dave Brubeck

    American pianist, composer

  • 2007 Karlheinz Stockhausen

    German composer

  • 1950 Sri Aurobindo

    Indian philosopher

  • 1891 Pedro II of Brazil

  • 1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Austrian composer