Today in History: October 5

1789 – French Revolution: The Women’s March on Versailles effectively terminated royal authority.

1813 – War of 1812: The Army of the Northwest defeated a British and Native Canadian force which threatened Detroit.

1838 – The Killough massacre in east Texas saw eighteen Texian settlers either killed or kidnapped.

1869 – The Eastman tunnel, in Minnesota, United States, collapsed during construction, and caused a landslide that nearly destroyed St. Anthony Falls.

1877 – The Nez Perce War in the northwestern United States came to an end.

1905 – The Wright brothers piloted the Wright Flyer III in a new world record flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes.

1914 – World War I: An aircraft successfully destroyed another aircraft with gunfire for the first time.

1921 – The World Series was the first to be broadcast on radio.

1930 – The New York Philharmonic Orchestra was heard on the air over CBS radio from Carnegie Hall for the first time.

1938 – In Nazi Germany, Jews’ passports were invalidated.

1939 – “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” was recorded by Perry Como and the Ted Weem’s Orchestra.

1943 – Ninety-eight American POWs were executed by Japanese forces on Wake Island.

1945 – A six-month strike by Hollywood set decorators turned into a bloody riot at the gates of the Warner Brothers studio.

1947 – President Truman made the first televised Oval Office address.

1962 – The first of the James Bond film series, based on the novels by Ian Fleming, Dr. No, was released in Britain.

1962 – “Love Me Do” by the Beatles was released in the U.K. It was their first single.

1963 – The United States suspended the Commercial Import Program in response to repression of the Buddhist majority by the regime of President Ngo Dinh Diem.

1966 – A reactor at the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station near Detroit suffered a partial meltdown.

1968 – The Cream song “White Room” was released.

1968 – “Magic Carpet Ride” was released by Steppenwolf.

1970 – The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was founded.

1970 – Led Zeppelin’s album Led Zeppelin III was released.

1975 – “Cat’s in the Cradle” was released by Harry Chapin.

1982 – Tylenol products were recalled after bottles in Chicago laced with cyanide caused seven deaths.

1993 – The Beatles’ 1962-1966 and 1966-1970 were released on CD in the U.S.


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