1666: After the destruction of thousands of buildings, and the death of six people, the Great Fire of London finally comes to an end.
1697: An English squadron at the Battle of Hudson’s Bay is defeated by a Franch warship led by Captain Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville.
1698: Tsar Peter I of Russia imposed a tax on the beards of all men with an exception being made for peasantry and the clergy.
1774: The First Continental Congress is assembled in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1781: At the Battle of the Chesapeake during the American Revolutionary War, The French navy repels the British navy – which leads to the British surrendering at Yorktown.
1812: During the War of 1812, Chief Winamac and his forces attack two soldiers as they are returning back to Fort Wayne from the outhouses – thereby beginning the Siege of Fort Wayne.
1906: Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University throws the first legal forward pass in American football.
1914: At the First Battle of the Marne during World War I, French forces attack and defeat German forces as they are trying to advance on the capital.
1921: A party featuring silent film star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle ends when a young actress, Virginia Rappe becomes ill. She would later die, embroiling Fatty Arbuckle in one of the first Hollywood scandals.
1942: During WWII, the Japanese suffer their first major defeat in land warfare when they are forced to withdrawal at Milne Bay in the Pacific.
1943: During WWII, the 503rd Parliament Infantry lands at Lae Nadzab Airport.
Famous Birthdays on September 5
Tanzanian-English singer-songwriter Freddie Mecury is born in 1946.
American pianist Chip Davis is born in 1947.
American singer-songwriter and drummer Buddy Miles is born in 1947.
American actor Michael Keaton is born in 1951.
American historian and journalist Victor Davis is born in 1953.
American actress Rose McGowan is born in 1973.
American baseball player and manager Rod Barajas is born in 1975.