Dec 5th, Events in History

1456: Earthquake strikes Naples; 35,000 die

1792: G. Washington re-elected as US president

1908: 1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh)

1950: Sikkim becomes a protectorate of India

1960: Ghana drops diplomatic relations with Belgium

1980: Bank of Canada’s Currency Museum opens

2005: Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes major damage, mostly in the D.R Congo


Dec 5th, *bday* Birthdays

1894 – Charles Robberts, The 1st State President of South Africa

1898 – Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India & Pakistan

1947 – Bruce Golding, Jamaican politician

1965 – Wayne Smith, Jamaican reggae musician

1966 – Patricia Kaas, French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant)

1979 – Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer

1988 – Ross Bagley, American actor (Nicky-Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air)

Dec 5th, Events in History

1349: 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacre during Black Death riots

1840: Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death

1360: The French Franc is created

1879: 1st automatic telephone switching system patented

1892: Sir John Thompson becomes the 4th PM of Canada

2008: OJ Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery

Dec 5th, Events in History

1993: Rafael Caldera elected president of Venezuela

1977: Egypt breaks dipl relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq & S Yemen

1957: President Sukarno of Indonesia expels all Dutch people

1932: German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter USA

1928: England defeats Australia by record 675 runs

1893: 1st electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges



1940 – American author “The Old Man and the Sea” Ernest Hemingway divorces 2nd wife Pauline Pfeiffer

2009 – R&B singer Usher (30) divorces hair & wardrobe stylist Tameka Foster (38) due to irretrievably broken marriage after 2 years of marriage

(*) In some African ceremonies, it was a sentiment of well wishing to greet the new bride with the words: “May you bear 12 children with him.”