On This Day: December 05th

This is 340th day of the year and 26 days remain in the year.

in history
The first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria, at age 35.
President Polk triggered the Gold Rush of 1848 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California.
Having left New York on Nov. 5, the brigantine Mary Celeste was found adrift off Portugal with everyone aboard mysteriously missing.
The 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing prohibition, was ratified.
The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO.
At Sen. Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday celebration, Senate Republican leader Trent Lott praised Thurmond's 1948 segregationist presidential bid. Lott subsequently resigned his leadership position.
Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president.
An Italian jury convicts Amanda Knox, an American student, of murdering her former roommate, English student Meredith Kercher, in 2007.
December 05 Birthdays
George Armstrong Custer1839–1876, American military officer.
Little Richardmusician
Frankie Munizactor
Martin Van Buren8th U.S. president
Bill Pickettcowboy, rodeo star
Walt Disneyfilm producer
Christina Rossettipoet
Strom ThurmondU.S. senator
Otto Premingerdirector, producer
Joan Didionwriter

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