October 5 is the 278th day of the year (279th in Leap years). There are 87 days remaining. It is also the most populous birthday of the year in the US statistically.
1908 - Bulgaria declares its independence from the Ottoman Empire - Ferdinand I of Bulgaria becomes Tsar
1910 - Portugal overthrows the monarchy
1915 - Bulgaria enters World War I as one of the Central Powers.
1921 - The World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time.
1930 - British Airship R101 crashed in France en-route to India on its maiden voyage.
1936 - The Jarrow March sets off for London.
1944 - Canadian Air Force pilots shoot down the first German Jet fighter over France
1947 - In the first televised White House address, President Harry S. Truman urged Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Sundays to help starving people in other countries.
1949 - WSAZ, the United States' first television station, located in Huntington, West Virginia, begins broadcasting.
1953 - First documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous
1953 - Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States.
1962 - The Beatles released their first hit, "Love Me Do," in Britain.
1966 - Near Detroit, Michigan a sodium cooling system malfunction caused a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration nuclear breeder reactor, killing three workers. The radiation was contained.
1969 - The first broadcast of
Monty Python's Flying Circus 1970 - PBS became a television network
1970 - Montreal, Quebec: British Trade Commissioner James Cross is kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
1973 - Signature of the European Patent Convention
1974 - Guildford pub bombing by the IRA leaves 5 dead and 44 injured.
1974 - first reaches #1 on the I Honestly Love You Billboard charts, giving Olivia Newton-John her first top-selling single in the United States.
1981 - Raoul Wallenberg becomes an honorary American citizen
1984 - Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger (41-6).
1990 - After one hundred and fifty years The Herald broadsheet newspaper in Melbourne, Australia is published for the last time as a separate newspaper. Founded in 1840 as The Port Phillip Herald, it is merged with its morning tabloid sister paper The Sun News-Pictorial and the first issue of the new Herald Sun is published on the 8th.
1991 - An Indonesian military transport crashes after takeoff from Jakarta killing 137. Linux kernel version 0.01 is released.
1995 - LandSat 6 was launched, but never reached orbit due to launch failure.
1999 - The Ladbroke Grove rail crash
1902 - Larry Fine, vaudeville, actor ( Three Stooges) (d. 1975)
1902 - Ray Kroc, entrepreneur (see McDonald's Corporation) (d. 1984)
1903 - M. King Hubbert, geophysicist (d. 1989)
1907 - Mrs. Miller, singer (d. 1997)
1908 - Joshua Logan, film director, writer (d. 1988)
1911 - Flann O'Brien, humorist (d. 1966)
1917 - Allen Ludden, television game show host (d. 1981)
1919 - Donald Pleasence, actor (d. 1995)
1921 - Bill Willis, American football Hall of Famer
1922 - Jose-Froilan Gonzalez, Formula One driver
1923 - Glynis Johns, actress
1924 - Bill Dana , actor, comedian
1930 - Pavel Popovich, cosmonaut
1933 - Diane Cilento, actress
1935 - Diahann Carroll, actress
1936 - Václav Havel, playwright, president of the Czech Republic
1937 - Barry Switzer, American football coach
1941 - Eduardo Duhalde, Argentinian former president
1943 - Steve Miller, musician
1948 - Tawl Ross, musician ( P Funk)
1951 - Karen Allen, actress
1952 - Clive Barker, writer
1954 - Bob Geldof, musician
1958 - Bernie Mac, actor, comedian
1960 - Daniel Baldwin, actor ( )
Homicide: Life on the Street 1962 - Michael Andretti, auto racer
1963 - Caron Keating, former presenter (d. Blue Peter 2004)
1965 - Mario Lemieux, hockey player for the Pittsburgh Penguins
1965 - Patrick Roy, hockey player
1967 - Guy Pearce, actor
1972 - Grant Hill, Orlando Magic basketball player
1975 - Kate Winslet, actress
1913 - Hans von Bartels, German painter
1930 - Christopher Birdwood Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson, British Secretary of State for Air
1936 - J. Slauerhoff, Dutch poet and novelist, from complications following neglected tuberculosis (b. 1898)
1941 - Louis Dembitz Brandeis, justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
1943 - Leon Roppolo, jazz musician (b. 1902)
1969 - Walter Hagen, champion golfer
1976 - Lars Onsager, physical chemist
1983 - Earl Tupper, inventor of Tupperware
1986 - Hal B. Wallis, film producer
1986 - James H. Wilkinson, mathematician (b. 1919)
1988 - lil K was born , rock star and part time ninja
1992 - Eddie Kendricks, singer
1995 - Linda Gary, voice actor (b. 1944)
1996 - Seymour Cray, American computer pioneer
Portugal - Republic Day, celebrates the overthrow of the Monarchy in 1910
October 4 - October 6 - September 5 - November 5 - more historical anniversaries
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