Events on Dec 5

  • 1349500 Jews of Nuremberg massacre during Black Death riots
  • 1448Bishop Jona of Moscow chosen as metropolitan of Kiev / Intoxication
  • 1456Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die
  • 1496Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I
  • 1757Battle at Leuthen: Prussian army beats Austrians
  • 17761st US fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa (William & Mary College), forms
  • 1792George Washington re-elected US President
  • 1798Government troops occupy Hasselt
  • 1804Thomas Jefferson re-elected US President / George Clinton vice-pres
  • 1831Former President John Q Adams takes his seat as member of House of Reps
  • 1832Andrew Jackson re-elected President of US
  • 1837Uprising under William Lyon Mackenzie in Canada
  • 1846C F Schoenbein obtains patent for cellulose nitrate explosive
  • 1854Aaron Allen of Boston patents folding theater chair
  • 1861Gatling gun patented
  • 1862Battle of Coffeeville, Mississippi
  • 18681st American bicycle college opens (NY)
  • 1876Daniel Stillson (Mass) patents 1st practical pipe wrench
  • 1876Fire at Brooklyn Theater kills 295, trampled or burned to death
  • 18791st automatic telephone switching system patented
  • 188147th Congress (1881-83) convenes
  • 18931st electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges
  • 1905Henry Campbell-Bannermam (Lib) becomes Prime Minister of England
  • 19081st football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh)
  • 19146th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats University of Toronto, 14-2
  • 1918Oil refinery on Curacao opens
  • 1920Pro football playoff game Akron and Buffalo 0-0 tie, title undecided
  • 1924Hamilton Tiger Red Green scores 5 goals to beat Toronto Maple Leafs 10-5
  • 192513th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators defeats Win Tammany Tigers, 24-1
  • 1928England defeats Australia by record 675 runs at Brisbane

Born on Dec 5

  • 1545Janus Dousa [Johan van de Does]: Dutch politician / poet
  • 1547Ubbo Emmius [van Embden]: Dutch-Frisian humanist / historian
  • 1661Robert Haley: Earl of Oxford / English Premier (Whig, 1710-14)
  • 1666Francesco Antonio Nicola Scarlotti: Composer
  • 1687Francesco Xaverio Geminiani: Composer
  • 1697Carlo Arrigoni: Composer
  • 1697Giuseppe de Majo: Composer
  • 1724Joseph Friebert: Composer
  • 1782Martin Van Buren: Kinderhook, New York -- (D) 8th President (1837-41)
  • 1786Henry Drummond: English banker / apostole
  • 1824Titian James Coffey: Attorney General (Union), died in 1867
  • 1826John Benjamin Sanborn: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1904
  • 1830Christina Rossetti: London, England -- Poet (Winter Rain, Passing Away)
  • 1839George Armstrong Custer: Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1876
  • 1844John Frederick Bridge: Composer
  • 1852Thomas Linnemann Laub: Composer
  • 1861Armando V Diaz: Italian marshal / Minister of War (1922-24)
  • 1872Harry N Pillsbury: US chess player
  • 1878Arrigo Pedrollo: Composer
  • 1880Alexander Schmuller: Russian / Netherlands violinist / conductor
  • 1884Evert Cornelis: Dutch conductor / pianist
  • 1885Dirk H W Filarski: Dutch painter / lithographer (Bergense School)
  • 1886Pieter J Old: Lawyer / Minister of Finance / Mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52)
  • 1888Askell Snorrason: Composer
  • 1890Fritz Lang: Germany -- Director (M, Metropolis)
  • 1892Cyril Ring: Massachusetts, United States -- Actor (Body & Soul)
  • 1896Juliette Baillot [Lady Huxley]: Author
  • 1896Willem F M Lampe: Dutch ambassador of the Dutch Antilles
  • 1899Sonny Boy Williamson [Aleck Miller]: Blues player
  • 1901Grace Moore: United States -- Soprano (One Night to Live)

Died on Dec 5

  • 1212Derek II of Are: Bishop of Utrecht (1197-1212)
  • 1244Johanna of Constantinople: Countess of Flanders (1205-44)
  • 1355Jan III: Duke of Brabant / Limburg
  • 1560Francois II: King of France (1559-60), dies at 16
  • 1594Gerardus Mercator: Flemish philosopher / cartographer, dies at 82
  • 1663Severo Bonini: Composer, dies at 80
  • 1675John Lightfoot: English Theologist (Horae Hebraicae), dies at 73
  • 1745Christoph Forster: Composer, dies at 52
  • 1758Johann Friedrich Fasch: Composer, dies at 70
  • 1784Phillis Wheatley: 1st important black Poet in America, dies in Boston
  • 1791Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Composer, dies at 35 in Vienna, Austria
  • 1799Robert Kimmerling: Composer, dies at 61
  • 1818Bruno Daalberg / Anonymus Belga: Secretary of High Council Adel, dies at 60
  • 1835August v Platen: Writer, dies at 39
  • 1842MJ Auguste Vestrius: French ballet dancers, dies at 82
  • 1853Johann Peter Heuschkel: Composer, dies at 80
  • 1859Louis Poinsot: French Mathematician / instrument maker, dies at 82
  • 1886Peter Hofstede de Groot: Dutch reformed theologist, dies at 84
  • 1891JKLSBFXvPSMGRG Pedro II of Alcantara: Emp of Brazil (1831-89)
  • 1902Henry Stephen Cutler: Composer, dies at 78
  • 1916Hans Richter: Composer, dies at 73
  • 1922Samuel Muller Fzn: Dutch Historian / archivist
  • 1925Wilhelmina E Drucker [Lensing]: Dutch feminist, dies at 78
  • 1928Johannes F "Johan" Bakker, Sr.: Actor / husband of Truus Soete, dies at 61
  • 1935Frans [MJ Francois] Erens: Literary (Years Gone By), dies at 78
  • 1938Christina "Dina" Koudijs-van Appeldoorn: Pianist / composer, dies at 54
  • 1940Jan Kubelik: Composer, dies at 60
  • 1955Paul Harvey: Actor (Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), dies at 73
  • 1958Ferdinand Bruckner: Writer, dies at 67
  • 1963Herbert H Lehman: (Gov-D-NY)

Historical events on December 6

  • 0963Leo VIII elected Pope
  • 1160Jean Bodels "Jeu de St. Nicholas, " premieres in Arras
  • 1196Northern Dutch coast flooded, "Saint-Nicolaas Flood"
  • 1240Mongols under Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kiev
  • 1424Don Alfonso V of Aragon grants Barcelona the right to exclude Jews
  • 1491King Charles VIII of France marries Anna of Bretagne
  • 1527Pope Clemens VII fleas to Orvieto
  • 1534Quito, Ecuador founded by Spanish
  • 16311st predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed
  • 1641Don Francisco de Mello appointed land guardian of South Netherlands
  • 17321st play in American colonies acted by professional players, New York City
  • 1745Bonnie Prince Charlies army retreats to Scotland
  • 1756British troops under Robert Clive occupy Fulta India
  • 17681st edition of "Encyclopedia Brittanica" published (Scotland)
  • 1787Laurens Pieter van de Speigel appointed Dutch pension advisor
  • 1790Congress meets in Philadelphia, new temporary US capital
  • 1820US President James Monroe re-elected
  • 1822Veterinary school in Utrecht opens
  • 1825President John Adams suggests establishment of a US observatory
  • 1833HMS Beagle / Charles Darwin departs Rio de la Plata
  • 1843Amsterdam-Utrecht railway opens
  • 1846Opera "La Damnation de Faust" is produced (Paris)
  • 1849Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland
  • 1862President Lincoln orders hanging of 39 Santee Sioux indians
  • 186513th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery
  • 1866Chicago water supply tunnel 3,227 m into Lake Michigan completed
  • 1870Joseph H Rainey, 1st black in House of Reps (SC)
  • 18731st international football game in US: Yale 2, Eton (England) 1
  • 187544th Congress (1875-77) convenes
  • 18761st crematorium in US begins operation, Washington, Penn

Born on December 6

  • 1421Henry VI: King of England (1422-61, 1470-71)
  • 1550Orazio Tiberio Vecchi: Composer
  • 1608George Monck / Monk: English General / gov of Scotland
  • 1731S von Laroche: Writer
  • 1732Warren Hastings: England, United Kingdom -- 1st Governor-General of India (1773-84)
  • 1743Franz Nikolaus Novotny: Composer
  • 1768Johann Baptist Henneberg: Composer
  • 1775Nicolas Isouard: Composer
  • 1776Paul Friedrich Struck: Composer
  • 1792Abraham J van de Aa: Lexicographer (Biographic Dictionary)
  • 1792Willem II Frederik GL: King of the Netherlands (1840-49)
  • 1806Louis-Gilbert Duprez: Composer
  • 1808Johan M Dautzenberg: Flemish author (Future)
  • 1808Johann Christian Gebauer: Composer
  • 1809Stephen Thomas: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1903
  • 1816Henry Eustace McCulloch: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1895
  • 1822John Eberhard: Built 1st large-scale pencil factory in US
  • 1831Joshua Woodrow Sill: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
  • 1833John Singleton Mosby: Lawyer / Colonel (Confederate Army), died in 1916
  • 1843Albert de Vriendt: Flemish historical painter / etcher
  • 1846Henryk Jarecki: Composer
  • 1870William S Hart: Silent Westerns actor (Wild Bill Hickok, Tumbleweeds)
  • 1872Mikulas Moyzes: Composer
  • 1884Rose Schneiderman: New York State Department of Labor Secretary (1937-44)
  • 1885Albrecht Schaeffer: German writer (The General)
  • 1886Joyce Kilmer: United States -- (male) poet (Trees)
  • 1887Joseph Lamb: Composer
  • 1887Lynn Fontanne: Woodford, England -- Broadway actress (Dulcy, Arms & the Man)
  • 1892F Osbert S Sitwell: London, England -- Poet / writer (Out of the Flame)
  • 1892Lina Carstens: Wiesbaden, Germany -- Actress (Homeland, Broken Jug)

Died on December 6

  • 1185Afonso I [the Conqueror]: King of Portugal (1143-85), dies at 76
  • 1352Clement VI [Pierre Roger]: Pope (1342-52)
  • 1531John Volkertsz Trimaker: Dutch anabaptist leader, beheaded
  • 1550Pieter Coecke van Aelst: Flemish painter, dies at 48
  • 1562Jan van Scorel: Dutch Painter / architect
  • 1598Elbertus Leoninus: Dutch lawyer / politician, dies at about 78
  • 1640Matthijs Elsevier: Flemish / Dutch book publisher / merchant, dies at 75
  • 1651Anna Roemers Visscher: Dutch poetess, dies at 68
  • 1658Gracian: Writer
  • 1793Marie Jeanne Becu comtesse du Barry: Mistress of Louis XV, beheaded
  • 1799Joseph Black: Scottish medical / chemist / physicist, dies at 71
  • 1834Jonas Daniel Meyer: Dutch lawyer, dies at 54
  • 1865Sebastian de Iradier: Spanish Composer (Arreglito), dies at 56
  • 1867Giovanni Pacini: Composer, dies at 71
  • 1882A Trollope: Writer
  • 1889Jefferson Davis: President of Confederate States (1861-5), dies at 81
  • 1889Joseph H "Jozef" Neuhuys: Painter, dies at 48
  • 1892E Werner von Siemens: German industrialist (Siemens AG), dies at 75
  • 1903Frederick Grant Gleason: Composer, dies at 54
  • 1914Eduard Jacobs: Dutch cabaret artist, dies at 47
  • 1920Karel Kovarovic: Composer, dies at 57
  • 1933Auguste Chapuis: Composer, dies at 75
  • 1943Firmin Baes: Flemish painter, dies at 69
  • 1943Hermann Lohr: Composer, dies at 72
  • 1946Maximilian Oseyevich Shteynberg: Composer, dies at 63
  • 1949Leadbelly [Huddie William Ledbetter]: Blues singer, dies at 64
  • 1951J Edward Bromberg: Dies at 47
  • 1953Konstanty I Galczynski: Polish Poet (Zielona Ges), dies at 48
  • 1958Erwin Bodky: Composer, dies at 62
  • 1959Len Doyle: Actor (Harrington-Mr District Attorney), dies at 66