YEAR DAY EVENT
1235 Sep 5 Henry I, duke of Brabant, died. Brabant was a duchy later divided between Netherlands and Belgium.
1519 Sep 5 In the 2nd Battle of Tehuacingo, Mexico, Hernan Cortes faced the Tlascala Aztecs.
1548 Sep 5 Catharine Parr (36), queen of England and last wife of Henry VIII, died.
1550 Sep 5 William Cecil appointed himself English minister of foreign affairs.
1569 Sep 5 Pieter Breughel, South Netherlands (Flemish) painter, died at about 44.
1622 Sep 5 In France Richelieu became Cardinal.
1634 Sep 5 Battle at Nordlingen: King Ferdinand III & Catholic Spain beat Sweden & German protestants.
1664 Sep 5 After days of negotiation, the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam surrendered to the British, who would rename it New York. The citizens of New Amsterdam petitioned Peter Stuyvesant to surrender to the English.
1666 Sep 5 The great fire of London, begun on Sep 2, was extinguished. Old St. Paul’s was among the 87 churches burned down.
1698 Sep 5 Russia’s Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.
1735 Sep 5 Johann Christian Bach (d.1782), composer, son of JS Bach, was born. He is known as the London Bach. He traveled to Italy, became a Catholic, and went to England where he was mentor to the young Mozart. He also represented the Style Gallant.
1750 Sep 5 A decree issued in Paderborn Prussia allowed for annual search of all Jewish homes for stolen or “doubtful” goods.
1792 Sep 5 Maximilien Robespierre was elected to the National Convention in France.
1800 Sep 5 Malta surrendered to British after they blockaded French troops.
1803 Sep 5 Francois Devienne, composer, died at 44.
1804 Sep 5 In a daring night raid, American sailors under Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, boarded the captured USS Philadelphia and burned the ship to keep it out of the hands of the Barbary pirates who captured her.
1816 Sep 5 Louis XVIII of France dissolved the chamber of deputies, which had been challenging his authority.
1836 Sep 5 Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas.
1859 Sep 5 Harriot E. Wilson’s “Our Nig,” was published, the first U.S. novel by an African American woman.
1862 Sep 5 Gen. Lee crossed Potomac & entered Maryland.
1864 Sep 5 British, French & Dutch fleets attacked Japan in Shimonoseki Straits.
1867 Sep 5 The first shipment of cattle left Abilene, Kansas, on a Union Pacific train headed to Chicago.
1878 Sep 5 Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Bill Tilghman and Clay Allison, four of the West’s most famous gunmen, met in Dodge City, Kansas.
1881 Sep 5 A fire in the thumb of Michigan killed 169 people and burned a million acres.
1882 Sep 5 The first Labor Day observance–a picnic and parade–was held in New York City. Parades like the one in Buffalo, New York, around 1900, soon became an important part of Labor Day festivities. Matthew Maguire, a machinist and secretary of the New York City Central Labor Union, probably first suggested the celebration in 1882 to recognize the contributions of workers to America. Local and regional Labor Day observances spread across the nation until, on June 28, 1894, the U.S. Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September a legal holiday.
1885 Sep 5 The 1st gasoline pump was delivered to a gasoline dealer in Ft. Wayne, Ind.
1910 Sep 5 Marie Curie demonstrated the transformation of radium ore to metal at the Academy of Sciences in France.
1914 Sep 5 The First Battle of the Marne began during World War I. The German First Army was led by Gen. Alexander von Kluck.
1921 Sep 5 Actress Virginia Rappe died in suite rooms (1219-1221) rented by film comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle at the St. Francis Hotel in SF. Arbuckle was charged with her murder. In 1922 he was acquitted of a reduced charge of manslaughter, but his career was over. In 2004 Jerry Stahl authored the imaginary memoir “I, Fatty.” Evidence suggested that Rappe had died due to a botched abortion.
1933 Sep 5 In an uprising known as the “Revolt of the Sergeants,” Fulgencio Batista took over control of Cuba. Pres. Cespedes and his cabinet abandoned the Presidential palace the next day.
1942 Sep 5 British and US bombed Le Havre & Bremen.
1944 Sep 5 “Mad Tuesday” 65,000 Dutch Nazi collaborators fled to Germany.
1953 Sep 5 The 1st privately operated atomic reactor opened in Raleigh NC.
1958 Sep 5 The novel “Doctor Zhivago” by Russian author Boris Pasternak was published in the United States for the first time.
1960 Sep 5 Cassius Clay captured Olympic light heavyweight gold medal.
1977 Sep 5 The United States launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft two weeks after launching its twin, Voyager 2.
1987 Sep 5 In his weekly radio address, President Reagan urged American workers to shun protectionist legislation and “meet the competition head-on.”
1988 Sep 5 On the campaign trail, Republican George Bush continued to link his opponent with “the liberal left,” while Democrat Michael Dukakis charged that under a GOP administration, “the rich have become richer, the poor have gotten poorer.”
1989 Sep 5 In his first nationally broadcast address from the White House, President Bush outlined a plan to fight illicit drugs, which he called the “quicksand of our entire society.”
1990 Sep 5 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein urged Arabs to rise up in a Holy War against the West and former allies who had turned against him.
1991 Sep 5 Jury selection began in Miami in the drug and racketeering trial of former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega.
1993 Sep 5 “Jelly’s Last Jam” closed at Virginia Theater NYC after 569 performances.
1995 Sep 5 O.J. Simpson jurors heard testimony that police detective Mark Fuhrman had uttered a racist slur, and advocated the killing of blacks.
1996 Sep 5 “Kinds of Minds” by Daniel C. Dennet ($20) and “Full House: The Spread of Excellence From Plato to Darwin” by Stephen Jay Gould ($25) were reviewed.
1997 Sep 5 In Arizona Sec. of State Jane Dee Hull assumed the role of governor, the 3rd current female governor in the US after Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.
1999 Sep 5 Allen Funt, founder of “Candid Camera” and the father of “reality” television, died in Pebble Beach at 84.
2000 Sep 5 On the eve of congressional hearings into the recall of 6.5 million Firestone tires, Ford Motor Co. released new documents to bolster its contention that it had no reason to doubt the safety of the tires being investigated in 88 deaths.
2001 Sep 5 Mexican President Vicente Fox arrived at the White House as the first state visitor of the Bush presidency. Fox told Pres. Bush that he would like a sweeping immigration settlement by the end of the year.
2002 Sep 5 The U.S. military stated that American and British planes attacked an air defense command and control facility at a military airfield 240 miles southwest of Baghdad.
2003 Sep 5 A roller coaster derailed at Southern California’s Disneyland theme park, killing one man and injuring 10 other people, including a 9-year-old.
2004 Sep 5 The 19th Burning Man went up in flames in Gerlach, Nevada, where some 35, 664 people had gathered for the annual festival.
2005 Sep 5 A nuclear-powered US Navy submarine collided with a Turkish cargo ship in the Persian Gulf. Nobody was injured and both ships appeared to suffer only superficial damage.
2006 Sep 5 Pres. Bush named Mary Peters, former Federal Highway Administrator, to replace Norm Pineta as transportation secretary.
2007 Sep 5 Contest organizers in Tucson, Az., said Kelly McBee, a 30-year-old mother of three from northern Wyoming, is the new Mrs. America. McBee won the national crown in a ceremony at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.
2008 Sep 5 US bank regulators shut down Silver State Bank, saying the Nevada bank failed because of losses on soured loans, mainly in commercial real estate and land development. It was the 11th failure this year of a federally insured bank.
2009 Sep 5 Brown Schneider celebrated his 3rd birthday at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with family and friends.
2010 Sep 5 Bangladesh issued a red alert over an outbreak of anthrax which has infected nearly 300 people and killed about 150 cattle in the north of the country in the past two weeks.
2011 Sep 5 President Barack Obama used a boisterous Labor Day rally in Detroit to put congressional Republicans on the spot, challenging them to place the country’s interests above all else and vote to create jobs and put the economy back on a path toward growth.
2012 Sep 5 A US federal judge ruled that Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious section of the state’s heavily debated immigration law, regarding a section of the statute that critics have dubbed the “show me your papers” provision.
2013 Sep 5 President Barack Obama flew to St. Petersburg, Russia, for meetings with world leaders at the Group of 20 summit.
2014 Sep 5 Girl group singer Simone Battle (25) was found dead in her West Hollywood home. Her death was later ruled a suicide by hanging.

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