04 December 2006

This day in history: 5 Dec

1492: Columbus reached Hispaniola.

1933: Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st amendment to the US Constitution, thus ending Prohibition.

1945: The five TBM Avengers of Flight 19 flew into history.

Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye (1685-1749), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Alexandre Dumas, père (1802-1870) and Claude Monet (1840-1926) died on this date.

And happy birthday to George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876), Sir John Rushworth Jellicoe OM GCB GCVO (1859-1935), Sir Arthur Currie GCMG KCB (1875-1933), Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968), Walt Disney (1901-1966), Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), José Carreras Coll (1946-TBD), Suzanne Cupito (1951-TBD) and Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards (1963-TBD).

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