Saturday, December 5, 2009
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Thursday, December 5, 2002
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Harvard mouse, designed for its usefulness in cancer research, is not patentable. In its view such a higher life form does not fall within the definition of invention.
Thursday, December 5, 1996
The 32-member Transitional Executive Committee holds its first meeting in Cape Town, marking the first meeting of an official government body in South Africa with Black members.
is established and inaugurated with its headquarters in Kathmandu
, and legitimised through an Act of Parliament in Nepal
this same year.
Wednesday, December 5, 1979
Tuesday, December 5, 1967
In New York City, Benjamin Spock and Allen Ginsberg are arrested for protesting against the Vietnam War.
The Race Relations Act
becomes the first legislation to address racial discrimination in the United Kingdom.
Charles de Gaulle is re-elected as French president with 10,828,421 votes.
Thursday, December 5, 1963
The Seliger Forschungs-und-Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH demonstrates rockets for military use to military representatives of non-NATO-countries near Cuxhaven
. Although these rockets land via parachute at the end of their flight and no allied laws are violated, the Soviet Union
protests this action.
Tuesday, December 5, 1961
Tanganyika gains independence and declares itself a republic, with Julius Nyerere as its first President.
Thursday, December 5, 1957
All 326,000 Dutch nationals are expelled from Indonesia.
Wednesday, December 5, 1956
Wednesday, December 5, 1951
Provisional Intergovernmental Committee for the Movement of Migrants from Europe
Wednesday, December 5, 1945
A flight of US Navy Avenger torpedo bombers known as Flight 19
disappears on a training exercise.
Saturday, December 5, 1936
Wednesday, December 5, 1934
Abyssinia Crisis: Ethiopian and Italian troops exchange gunfire. Reported casualties for the Ethiopians are 150, and for the Italians 50.
Tuesday, December 5, 1933
Wednesday, December 5, 1928
Police disperse a Sicilian gangs' meeting in Cleveland
Tuesday, December 5, 1922
The British Parliament enacts the Irish Free State Constitution Act, by which it legally sanctions the new Constitution of the Irish Free State.
A referendum in Greece
is favorable to the reinstatement of the monarchy.
The Turkish Ministry of War releases Greeks, Armenians and Jews from military service.
Thursday, December 5, 1918
The British light cruiser HMS "Cassandra" strikes a mine and sinks in the Gulf of Finland while aiding Estonia against the Bolsheviks, with eleven sailors killed.
Saturday, December 5, 1914
Tuesday, December 5, 1893
Plural voting is abolished in New South Wales.
John Thompson becomes Canada's fourth prime minister.
Tuesday, December 5, 1876
Thursday, December 5, 1776
Tuesday, December 5, 1775
Wednesday, December 5, 1590
The Order of Augustinian Recollects was formally recognised as a separate province from the Order of Saint Augustine. Today, this event is known as the Día de la Recolección or the Day of Recollection.
Monday, November 25, 1560 (Julianian calendar)
Seventeen-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, is widowed by the death of her first husband, King Francis II of France. Her mother-in-law, Catherine de' Medici, becomes regent of Kingdom of France|France.
Sunday, November 26, 1497 (Julianian calendar)
The Ottomans give Russian merchants freedom of trade within the empire.
Monday, November 26, 1492 (Julianian calendar)
Christopher Columbus becomes the first known Europe
an to set foot on the island of Hispaniola
Friday, November 26, 1484 (Julianian calendar)
The King of Portugal
appoints a commission of mathematicians to perfect tables to help seamen find their latitude
The first cuirassier
units (kyrissers) are formed in Austria.