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United Nations: International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
(Observed annually on December 5)
United Nations Economics Community Service United Nations
Thailand: The King's Birthday
(Commemorates the birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej: 12/05/1927)
Thailand U.S. Department of State Asian Institute of Technology
1443 Pope Julius II (Italian-born Roman Catholic Pope) Italian Political & Social Leaders Religion Popes
1782 Martin Van Buren (New York-born 8th President of the United States) New York Political & Social Leaders Martin Van Buren Presidential Seal
1839 George Armstrong Custer (Ohio-born U.S. Cavalry Officer) George Armstrong Custer Native American Studies Westward Expansion
1899 Modjeska Simkins (South Carolina-born African-American Civil Rights Activist) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders Civil Rights/Human Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1902 Strom Thurmond (South Carolina-born Member of the U.S. Congress) Strom Thurmond U.S. Senate
1925 Geneva Handy Southall (New Orleans-born African-American Musician, Educator) New Orleans Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Music African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1927 Bhumibol Adulyadej (King of Thailand) Thailand
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1560 Francis II, King of France French Political and Social Leaders Wikipedia
1925 Christopher H. Payne (First African-American Elected to the West Virginia State Legislature) West Virginia Political and Social Leaders Politics African American Political and Social Leaders West Virginia State Archives
1484 Pope Innocent VIII Issues His "Witch Bull," Ordering the Inquisition of Germany Catholicism Germany Concordia
1492 Christopher Columbus Discovers Hispaniola (Haiti) Christopher Columbus Haiti
1679 French Explorer René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle Reaches a Portage from the St. Joseph to the Kankakee River in Present Day Indiana René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle Indiana North American Explorers Rivers Indiana Historical Society
1765 British Ship Speedwell Delivers Stamps to Savannah, Georgia for the Stamp Act Great Britain Georgia Colonial History The Stamp Act University of Georgia
1792 George Washington and John Adams Are Re-elected As President and Vice President George Washington John Adams American Presidency Presidential Elections New York Times
1797 Napoleon Returns to Paris, Takes Command of Planned Invasion of England Napoleon Bonaparte Great Britain History Channel
1831 Former President John Quincy Adams Takes Seat in the U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Congress John Quincy Adams New York Times
1835 Texas Revolutionary Army Begins Its Assault on the Mexican Garrison at San Antonio de Béxar Mexico Texas Revolution Texas State Historical Association
1912 Germany, Austria & Italy Renew Alliance for Another 6 Years Germany Austria Italy European History Brigham Young University
1915 Siege of British-Occupied Kut, Mesopotamia (Modern Iraq) Begins Iraq Great Britain World War I History Channel
1916 Herbert Asquith Resigns as British Prime Minister British History Cartage
1932 Albert Einstein Is Granted a Visa Allowing Him to Travel to the United States Nazi Germany Albert Einstein Physics Writer's Almanac
1933 21st Amendment Is Ratified Repealing Prohibition 21st Amendment Writer's Almanac History Channel New York Times History Link
1934 Constitutional Amendment Gives Turkish Women the Right to Vote and to Hold Office Turkey Voting Women's Suffrage Turkish Government
Chinese Communists Behead American Missionaries John and Betty Stamm China Religion Concordia
1941 American Intelligence Expects Japanese Attack at Unknown Location Japan Pearl Harbor History Channel
1945 Five TBM Avenger Bombers Are Lost in the Bermuda Triangle Aviation History Death History Channel
1946 President Truman Issues Executive Order Creating Committee on Civil Rights President Truman Civil Rights Truman Library
1950 Chinese Forces Push U.N. Troops Out of the North Korean Capital of Pyongyang United Nations China Korean War BBC
1964 An Army Captain Is Awarded the First Medal of Honor for the Vietnam War Vietnam War Historic Firsts History Channel
1972 FAA Issues Emergency Rule Requiring Screening of All passengers and Carry-on Baggage FAA Air Travel Terrorism National Academies Press
1977 Egypt Severs All Relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria and South Yemen Egypt Syria Libya Algeria Yemen BBC
1978 The Soviet Union & Afghanistan Sign "Friendship" Treaty Soviet Union Afghanistan Cold War History Channel
1989 Margaret Thatcher Repels Challenge for Leadership of Britain's Conservative Party BBC
1994 Newt Gingrich Selected As First Republican Speaker of the House in Four Decades U.S. Congress Georgia Political & Social Leaders New York Times
President Bill Clinton Presents Hungarian-American Balthazar Korab's Photos as a Present to Hungarian President Arpad Goncz Hungary President Bill Clinton American Artists Balthazar Korab State of Michigan
1995 Sri Lankan Troops Drive Tamil Tiger Guerrillas Out of Jaffna Sri Lanka War BBC
2001 Afghan Leaders Sign Pact Creating an Interim Government Afghanistan War on Terrorism PBS
2006 Government of the Island of Fiji Is Overthrown in Military Coup Fiji BBC

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