5 September

September 5 is the 248th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 117 days remain until the end of the year. 

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about September 5th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about September 5th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Cheese Pizza Day
  • National Be Late For Something Day
  • International Day of Charity
  • Teachers’ Day
  • National Pet Rock Day
  • National Grandparents Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – September 5

1977: Voyager 1 probe is launched

NASA launched the Voyager 1 probe from Florida. It is currently the farthest man-made object in Space.

1972: Massacre at the Munich Olympics

A group of Palestinian militants belonging to the Black September terrorist group stormed the apartment Israeli athletes were staying at the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany several days after the XX Olympic Summer Games had begun. They killed 2 athletes and took 9 hostages, demanding the release of release over 230 Arab prisoners being held in Israel. The ensuing violence to release the hostages ended with the death of all 9 hostages and 5 militants. All Olympic events were suspended for a day to mourn and pay respects to the slain members of the Israeli delegation.

1957: On the Road is Hits the Bookshelves for the First Time

The iconic book was written by American author Jack Kerouac and was based on his and his friends’ travels across America. The book is considered to be a prime example of the Beat Generation – a group of authors and artists who examined and studied American culture after the Second World War.

1944: Benelux is Formed

The political and economic union consists of 3 countries – Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxemburg. The name comes from joining the first 2 letters, 3 in the case of Luxemburg of the member countries.

1836: Sam Houston is Elected President of Texas

He was made the Head of State of the Republic of Texas after colonists won their revolt against the Mexican government and created an independent and sovereign nation. Houston was responsible for the Texian victory against Mexican forces during the Battle of San Jacinto. Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas twice and was also the only person to be governor of two different states – Texas and Tennessee.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, September 5

1986: Colt McCoy, American football player

1946: Freddie Mercury, Tanzanian/English singer-songwriter, producer

1942: Werner Herzog, German director

1847: Jesse James, American criminal, murderer

1638: Louis XIV of France

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, September 5

1997: Mother Teresa, Macedonian/Indian missionary, Nobel Prize laureate

1997: Georg Solti, Hungarian conductor

1982: Douglas Bader, English pilot

1945: Clem Hill, Australian cricketer

1877: Crazy Horse, Native American war leader

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