What Happened on September 5


Historical Events

1666 – Great Fire of London ends, leaving 13,200 houses destroyed and 8 dead
1915 – Tsar Nicholas II, distressed by increasing Russian losses, assumes personal command of his nation’s military forces; clearly a symbolic act and devastating for his leadership
1923 – Flyweights Gene LaRue and Kid Pancho KO each other simultaneously
1988 – CFL’s Earl Winfield (Ham) scores TDs on 101-yd punt return, 100-yd kickoff return and 58-yd pass reception
1989 – Deborah Norville becomes news anchor of Today Show
2017 – Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, becomes the first woman President of the UK Supreme Court

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Famous Birthdays

1638 – Louis XIV, King of France (1643-1715), known as “The Sun King”, had longest reign in country, born in Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1715)
1666 – Gottfried Arnold, German theologist, historian and songwriter, born in Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany (d. 1714)
1874 – Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie, American Baseball HOF second baseman (Triple Crown 1901; AL batting champion 1901–04, 10; Philadelphia A’s, Cleveland Naps), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1959)
1905 – Justiniano Montano, Filipino politician, born in Tanza, Cavite, Philippines (d. 2005)
1949 – David “Clem” Clempson, British rock guitarist (Colosseum; Humble Pie), born in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
1971 – Adam Hollioake, England cricketer, born in Melbourne, Australia

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Famous Deaths

1165 – Emperor Nijo of Japan (b. 1143)
1910 – Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest and musicologist (Magister choralis), dies at 70
1917 – Arthur Verhaegen, Belgian architect and worker’s union leader, dies at 70
2010 – Shoya Tomizawa Japanese MotoGP Racer, dies as the result of a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix at 19
2015 – Jacques Israelievitch, French Canadian classical violinist, concertmaster (St. Louis Symphony, 1978-88; Toronto Symphony, 1988-2008), and music director (Koffler Chamber Orchestra, 2005-14), dies of lung cancer at 67
2016 – Duane Graveline, American doctor and astronaut, dies at 85

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