December 5 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

771 Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman

1349 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacred during Black Death riots

1456 Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die

1848 US President James K. Polk triggers gold rush of 1849 by confirming a gold discovery in California

1933 Prohibition ends in the US when 21st Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, 18th Amendment repealed (5:32 PM EST)

1969 Four-node ARPANET network is established

Today’s Historical Events

63 BC Cicero reads the last of his Catiline Orations

633 Visigothic King Sisenand convenes Fourth Council of Toledo at the church of Saint Leocadia in Toledo; all bishops of Hispania agree to establish seminaries in cathedral cities and implement educational standards

771 Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman

1082 Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona is assassinated

1301 Pope Boniface VIII’s decree Ausculta fili (only nominee)

1349 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacred during Black Death riots

1360 The French Franc is created

1408 Emir Edigu of Golden Horde reaches Moscow

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1859 Dion Boucicault‘s play “Octaroon” premieres in NYC

1941 “Sullivan’s Travels”, directed by Preston Sturges and starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, is released

1954 KTEW (now KJRH) TV channel 2 in Tulsa, OK (NBC) begins broadcasting

1958 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting

1971 KCBJ (now KMIZ) TV channel 17 in Columbia, MO (ABC) 1st broadcast

1974 Final episode of Monty Python‘s Flying Circus airs on BBC TV

1982 15th NAACP Image Awards: “An Officer and a Gentleman” wins Outstanding Motion Picture

2001 “Ocean’s Eleven” directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts premieres in Westwood, California

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1830 Hector Berlioz‘s program symphony “Symphonie fantastique” premieres at the Paris Conservatoire

1837 Hector Berlioz‘s “Requiem” premiere at Les Invalides, conducted by François Habeneck

1890 Hector Berlioz‘s opera “Les Troyens” premieres in Karlsruhe, Germany

1966 “I Do! I Do!” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 561 performances

1968 Rolling Stones release “Beggar’s Banquet” LP

1973 Paul McCartney & Wings release album “Band on the Run” in the US

1975 “Me & Bessie” closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 453 performances

1991 “Catskills on Broadway” opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 452 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1868 1st American bicycle college opens (NY)

1914 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts win first Championship; beat U of Toronto Blues, 14-2

1924 Hamilton Tiger Red Green scores 5 goals to beat Tor Maple Leafs 10-5

1925 CFL Grey Cup, Landsdowne Park, Ottawa: Ottawa Senators win first title; beat Winnipeg Tammany Tigers, 24-1

1931 CFL Grey Cup, Molson Stadium, Montreal: Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers shutout Regina Roughriders, 22-0 for their first title

1936 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Sarnia Imperials defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-20 for their 2nd Championship

1942 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto RCAF Hurricanes beat Winnipeg RCAF Bombers, 8-5

1943 NFL Philadelphia Eagle-Pitts Steeler merger dissolves