History of 5 October
1919 – Enzo Ferrari debuted in his first race. He later founded the Auto Avio Construzioni Ferrari, an independent manufacturing company.
1921 – The World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time. The game was between the New York Giants and the New York Yankees.
1930 – Laura Ingalls became the first woman to make a transcontinental airplane flight.
1930 – “The Fighting Priest” began airing on CBS radio.
1931 – Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon landed in Washington after flying non-stop across the Pacific Ocean. The flight originated in Japan and took about 41 hours.
1934 – “Hollywood Hotel” became the first major network radio to originate from Hollywood, CA.
1937 – U.S. President Roosevelt called for a “quarantine” of aggressor nations.
1947 – U.S. President Harry S Truman held the first televised presidential address from the White House. The subject was the current international food crisis.
1952 – “Inner Sanctum” was heard for the last time on ABC radio.
1955 – The play “The Diary of Anne Frank” opened at the Cort Theatre in New York.
1969 – A Cuban defector landed a Soviet-made MiG-17 at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. The plane entered U.S. air space and landed without being detected.
1969 – “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” debuted on BBC television.
1970 – Anwar Sadat took office as President of Egypt replacing Gamal Abdel Nassar. Sadat was assassinated in 1981.
1974 – American David Kunst completed the first journey around the world on foot. It took four years and 21 pairs of shoes. He crossed four continents and walked 14,450 miles.
1985 – An Egyptian policeman went on a shooting rampage at a Sinai beach. Seven Israeli tourists were killed. The policeman died in prison the following January of an apparent suicide.
1986 – “Business World” began airing on ABC-TV.
1986 – Sandinista soldiers captured American Eugene Hasenfus after shooting him down over southern Nicaragua.
1988 – In a debate between candidates for vice president of the U.S., Democratic Lloyd Bentsen told Republican Dan Quayle, “You’re no Jack Kennedy.”
1989 – The Dalai Lama (Lhama Dhondrub, Tenzin Gyatso) was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent campaign to end the Chinese domination of Tibet. Gyatso was the 15th Dalai Lama.
1990 – The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall opened.
1991 – Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev announced that his country would cut its nuclear arsenal in response to the arms reduction that was initiated by U.S. President George Bush.
1993 – China set off an underground nuclear explosion.
1995 – A 60-day cease-fire was agreed upon by Bosnian combatants. The civil war had lasted 3 1/2.
1997 – In London, the Express Newspapers printed an article claiming that Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were homosexual and that their marriage was a sham to cover the truth. The paper paid damages in a settlement on October 29, 1998.
1998 – The U.S. paid $60 million for Russia’s research time on the international space station to keep the cash-strapped Russian space agency afloat.
1999 – Kevin Spacey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999 – MCI Worldcom Inc. and Sprint Corp. announced plans to merge.
2006 – Walmart rolled out its $4 generic drug program to the entire state of Florida after a successful test in the Tampa area.
2011 – In the Mekong River massacre, two Chinese cargo boats are hijacked and 13 crew members murdered.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1981 – Joel Lindpere, Estonian footballer
- 1981 – Andy Nägelein, German footballer
- 1982 – Michael Roos, Estonian-American football player
- 1982 – Steve Williams, Australian-German rugby player
- 1983 – Jesse Eisenberg, American actor, and writer
- 1983 – Florian Mayer, a German tennis player
- 1983 – Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladeshi cricketer
- 1984 – Naima Adedapo, American singer and dancer
- 1984 – Kenwyne Jones, Trinidadian footballer
- 1985 – Nicola Roberts, English singer-songwriter
- 1986 – Mladen Bartulović, Croatian footballer
- 1987 – Dillon Francis, American DJ, and record producer
- 1987 – Kevin Mirallas, Belgian footballer
- 1987 – Tim Ream, American soccer player
- 1987 – Park So-Yeon, South Korean singer, dancer, and actress
- 1987 – Javier Villa, Spanish racing driver
- 1987 – Luigi Vitale, Italian footballer
- 1988 – Benny Howell, English cricketer
- 1988 – Bahar Kızıl, German singer-songwriter
- 1988 – Kevin Olusola, American musician, beatboxer, singer-songwriter, rapper, and record producer
- 1988 – Maja Salvador, Filipino actress, dancer, singer, and host
- 1989 – Kelsey Adrian, Canadian basketball player
- 1989 – Marcel Baude, German footballer
- 1989 – Ify Ibekwe, American basketball player
- 1990 – Nathan Peats, Australian rugby league player
- 1992 – Kevin Magnussen, Danish racing driver
- 1996 – Jayden Nikorima, New Zealand rugby league player
- 1999 – Connor McLennan, Scottish footballer
- 2000 – Taahira Butterfield, Bermudian athlete
- 2006 – Jacob Tremblay, Canadian actor