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On This Day in History, September 5

What Happened On This Day – September 5

  • 1977 Voyager 1 probe is launched

    NASA launched the Voyager 1 probe from Florida. It is currently the farthest man-made object in Space.

  • 1972 Massacre at the Munich Olympics

    A group of Palestinian militants belonging to the Black September terrorist group stormed the apartment Israeli athletes were staying at the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany several days after the XX Olympic Summer Games had begun. They killed 2 athletes and took 9 hostages, demanding the release of release over 230 Arab prisoners being held in Israel. The ensuing violence to release the hostages ended with the death of all 9 hostages and 5 militants. All Olympic events were suspended for a day to mourn and pay respects to the slain members of the Israeli delegation.

  • 1957 On the Road is Hits the Bookshelves for the First Time

    The iconic book was written by American author Jack Kerouac and was based on his and his friends’ travels across America. The book is considered to be a prime example of the Beat Generation – a group of authors and artists who examined and studied American culture after the Second World War.

  • 1944 Benelux is Formed

    The political and economic union consists of 3 countries - Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxemburg. The name comes from joining the first 2 letters, 3 in the case of Luxemburg of the member countries.

  • 1836 Sam Houston is Elected President of Texas

    He was made the Head of State of the Republic of Texas after colonists won their revolt against the Mexican government and created an independent and sovereign nation. Houston was responsible for the Texian victory against Mexican forces during the Battle of San Jacinto. Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas twice and was also the only person to be governor of two different states - Texas and Tennessee.

Births On This Day – September 5

  • 1986 Colt McCoy

    American football player

  • 1946 Freddie Mercury

    Tanzanian/English singer-songwriter, producer

  • 1942 Werner Herzog

    German director

  • 1847 Jesse James

    American criminal, murderer

  • 1638 Louis XIV of France

Deaths On This Day – September 5

  • 1997 Mother Teresa

    Macedonian/Indian missionary, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1997 Georg Solti

    Hungarian conductor

  • 1982 Douglas Bader

    English pilot

  • 1945 Clem Hill

    Australian cricketer

  • 1877 Crazy Horse

    Native American war leader

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