Historical Events on September 5

  • 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.