What Happened on July 5


Historical Events

1715 – Ottoman troops storm citadel of Acrocorinth in the Peloponnese, massacring a large part of the population and selling the rest into slavery. Inspires Lord Byron’s poem “The Siege of Corinth”
1908 – Niazi Bey, a chief organizer of the revolutionary movement in Turkey, raises the standard of revolt at Resna, Macedonia
1958 – J Pengel forms government/Emanuels premier of Suriname
1973 – Test cricket debut of English umpire Harold “Dickie” Bird v NZ at Leeds (66 Tests, 69 ODI)
1989 – “Seinfield” (originally titled The Seinfeld Chronicles” screens its pilot episode starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards on NBC
2017 – Shootout between drug cartels in Las Varas, Northern Mexico kills 14

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Famous Birthdays

1546 – Johann Steuerlein, German composer, born in Schmalkalden, Germany (d. 1613)
1654 – Antonio Maria Pacchioni, Baroque composer, born in Modena, Italy (baptized date) (d. 1738)
1755 – Sarah Kemble Siddons, English tragic actress (Fatal Marriage), born in Brecon, Wales (d. 1831)
1956 – James Lofton, American NFL wide receiver (Bills, Packers, Raiders), born in Fort Ord, California
1968 – Shahid Anwar, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani all-rounder 1996 England tour), born in Multan, Pakistan
1981 – Jesse Crain, Canadian baseball player, born in Toronto, Ontario

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Famous Deaths

1803 – William Jackson [Jackson of Exeter], English composer and organist, dies at 73
1859 – Charles Cagniard de la Tour, French physicist (b. 1777)
1920 – John Shuter, cricketer (scored 28 in only Test for England 1888), dies
1927 – Albrecht Kossel, German physician (Nobel 1910), dies at 73
1984 – Gaston Vandermeulen, Flemish actor (Heilig Experiment, The Arrival of Joachim Stiller), dies at 79
2004 – Hugh Shearer, Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1923)

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