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On this day in history - October 5

What Happened On This Day – October 5

  • 2000 Bulldozer Revolution in former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

    President Slobodan Milosevic was overthrown after hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in Belgrade to protest against recently held elections. While largely peaceful, the protesters burnt down the Parliament building. Milosevic resigned and stepped down from his office two days later.

  • 1984 First Canadian to go into space

    Marc Garneau flew as the payload specialist on STS-41-G, the 6th flight of NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger. The flight that launched on this day was also the first space mission to have 2 women - Sally Ride and Kathryn Sullivan.

  • 1969 Monty Python’s Flying Circus makes its debut

    The British sketch comedy series lasted for a year on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The show was a commentary on daily life in Britain and had several recurring themes and characters played by Eric Idle, Graham Chapman John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones. The sketches are often thought to have had a strong influence on television comedy around the world.

  • 1962 James Bond makes his theatrical debut

    The fictional British spy with the code name 007 was featured on the big screen for the first time in Dr. No. Based on the 1958 Ian Fleming novel of the same name, the movie starred Sean Connery as James Bond.

  • 1947 First televised presidential speech in the United States

    Harry Truman, the 33rd President of the US, called on Americans to use less grain to help Europe which was still reeling from the effects of the Second World War. He asked people to avoid eating meat on Tuesdays and eggs and poultry on Thursdays, and to consume 1 less slice of bread every day.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
October 5

  • 1975 Kate Winslet

    English actress, singer

  • 1958 Neil deGrasse Tyson

    American astrophysicist

  • 1936 Václav Havel

    Czech politician, 1st President of the Czech Republic

  • 1882 Robert H. Goddard

    American physicist, inventor

  • 1829 Chester A. Arthur

    American politician, 21st President of the United States

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Deaths On This Day,
October 5

  • 2011 Steve Jobs

    American businessman, co-founded Apple Inc., Pixar

  • 1941 Louis Brandeis

    American jurist

  • 1927 Sam Warner

    American film producer, co-founded Warner Bros.

  • 1880 Jacques Offenbach

    German/French composer

  • 1813 Tecumseh

    American tribal leader