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Today in History
October 5

1762 The British fleet bombards and captures Spanish-held Manila in the Philippines.
1795 The day after he routed counterrevolutionaries in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte accepts their formal surrender.
1813 The U.S. emerges victorious at the Battle of the Thames, in Ontario, breaking Britain’s Indian allies with the death of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, and making the Detroit frontier safe.
1821 Greek rebels capture Tripolitsa, the main Turkish fort in the Peloponnese area of Greece.
1864 At the Battle of Allatoona, a small Union post is saved from Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood‘s army.
1877 Nez Perce Chief Joseph surrenders to Colonel Nelson Miles in Montana Territory, after a 1,700-mile trek to reach Canada falls 40 miles short.
1880 The first ball-point pen is patented by Alonzo T. Cross.
1882 Outlaw Frank James surrenders in Missouri six months after his brother Jesse’s assassination.
1915 Germany issues an apology and promises payment for the 128 American passengers killed in the sinking of the British ship Lusitania.
1915 Bulgaria enters World War I on the side of the Central Powers.
1921 The World Series is broadcast on radio for the first time.
1931 Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon complete the first heavier than air nonstop flight over the Pacific. Their flight, begun October 3, lasted 41 hours, 31 minutes and covered 5,000 miles. They piloted their Bellanca CH-200 monoplane from Samushiro, 300 miles north of Tokyo, Japan, to Wenatchee, Washington.
1938 Germany invalidates Jews’ passports.
1943 Imperial Japanese forces execute 98 American POWs on Wake Island.
1947 US President Harry S Truman delivers the first televised White House address.
1948 A magnitude 7.3 earthquake near Ashgabat in the USSR kills tens of thousands; estimates range from 110,000 to 176,000.
1962 The first James Bond film, Dr. No starring Sean Connery, debuts.
1965 U.S. forces in Saigon receive permission to use tear gas.
1966 A sodium cooling system malfunction causes a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration breeder reactor near Detroit. Radiation is contained.
1968 Police attack civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland; the event is considered to be the beginning of “The Troubles.”
1969 Monty Python’s Flying Circus debuts on BBC One.
1970 The US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is established.
1970 Members of the Quebec Liberation Front (QLF) kidnap British Trade Commissioner James Cross in Montreal, resulting in the October Crisis and Canada’s first peacetime use of the War Measures Act.
1986 Britain’s The Sunday Times newspaper publishes details of Israel’s secret nuclear weapons development program.
1988 Brazil’s Constituent Assembly authorizes the nation’s new constitution.
2000 Slobodan Milosevic, president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, resigns in the wake of mass protest demonstrations.
Born on October 5
1830 Chester A. Arthur, 21st president of the United States (1881-1885).
1882 Robert Goddard, American rocket scientist, held more than 200 rocketry patents.
1902 Ray Kroc, founder of the McDonald’s hamburger franchise in 1955.
1911 Flann O’Brien, Irish novelist and playwright (The Hard Life, The Third Policeman).
1936 Václav Havel, Czech dissident dramatist who became the first freely elected president of Czechoslovakia in 55 years.
1937 Barry Switzer, longtime coach of the University of Oklahoma, later coach of the Dallas Cowboys; one of only two head coaches to win both an NCAA college football championship and a Super Bowl.
1943 Steve Miller, singer, songwriter, guitarist; lead singer of Steve Miller Band.
1952 Clive Barker, author, director (Hellraiser, Candyman).
1957 Bernie Mac, comedian, actor; member of the Original Kings of Comedy.
1959 Maya Lin, American architect who designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
1963 Laura Davies, England’s top professional female golfer.
1965 Mario Lemieux, hockey player, led Pittsburgh Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups (1991-92).