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Notable Historical Events for December 5th

1946Pres Harry Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Exec Order #9808

1950Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1932German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America

1717Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock, prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock would later provide the first recorded of Blackbeard's appearance, with specific reference to his "very black beard", providing the source for his name

1892Sir John Thompson becomes the fourth Prime Minister of Canada.

198156th Australian Women Tennis: Navratilova beats Chris Evert (67 64 75)

63 BCCicero reads the last of his Catiline Orations.

1978Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player

2008Human remains previously found in 1991 are finally identified by Russian and American scientists as those of Tsar Nicholas II.

2006Greg Maddux signs a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $10 million

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Notable Birthdays on December 5th

1782Martin Van Buren, Kinderhook New York, (D) 8th US president (1837-41)

1839George Armstrong Custer, New Rumley, Ohio, Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1876)

1903Cecil Frank Powell, Tonbridge, Kent, physicist, discovered pion (Nobel 1950), (d.1969)

1859John Rushworth Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, British Admiral of the Fleet, Southampton

1443Pope Julius II, Albisola, Republic of Genoa, Pope (1503-13), patron of Michelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, (d. 1513)

1901Walter Elias disney, Chicago, animator (Mickey Mouse), (d. 1966)

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Notable Weddings on December 5th

1926Gangster Carlo Gambino (24) weds his first cousin Catherine Castellano

2003Cold play band lead vocalist Chris Martin (35) weds actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow (39) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

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Notable Deaths on December 5th

1870Alexandre Dumas, French writer, dies at 68

1926Claude Monet, French impressionist, dies at 86

2002Roone Arledge, American sports broadcasting pioneer, dies of prostate cancer at 71

1784Phillis Wheatley, American poet and first published African-American woman, dies in Boston at 31

1965Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist, Nobel laureate for shock therapy (b. 1874)

2013Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-1990) and South African President (1994-99) dies of a lung infection at 95

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