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On This Day – September 5

September 5 is the 248th day of the year. 117 days remain until the end of the year.

Births

  • 1187 – Louis VIII, king of France (d. 1226)
  • 1638 – Louis XIV, king of France (d. 1715)
  • 1847 – Jesse James, American outlaw (d. 1882)
  • 1735 – Johann Christian Bach, German-English viol player and composer (d. 1782)
  • 1936 – John Danforth, American politician and diplomat, 24th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
  • 1983 – Lincoln Riley, American football coach
  • 1986 – Colt McCoy, American football player

Deaths

  • 1165 – Nijō, emperor of Japan (b. 1143)
  • 1877 – Crazy Horse, American tribal leader (b. 1849)
  • 1912 – Arthur MacArthur, Jr., American general (b. 1845)

Events

  • 1725 – Wedding of Louis XV and Maria Leszczyńska.
  • 1774 – First Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia.
  • 1781 – Battle of the Chesapeake in the American Revolutionary War: The British Navy is repelled by the French Navy, contributing to the British surrender at Yorktown.
  • 1812 – War of 1812: The Siege of Fort Wayne begins when Chief Winamac’s forces attack two soldiers returning from the fort’s outhouses.
  • 1836 – Sam Houston is elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
  • 1941 – Whole territory of Estonia is occupied by Nazi Germany.
  • 1960 – Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) wins the gold medal in the light heavyweight boxing competition at the Olympic Games in Rome.
  • 1972 – Munich massacre: A Palestinian terrorist group called “Black September” attacks and takes hostage 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. Two die in the attack and nine are murdered the following day.
  • 1975 – Sacramento, California: Lynette Fromme attempts to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford.
  • 1977 – Voyager Program: NASA launches the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

Holidays

  • International Day of Charity
  • National Be Late For Something Day
  • National Cheese Pizza Day
  • World Samosa Day
  • National Shrink Day
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