Today's History Trivia for October 5
1993 Another lost satellite A $228 million Landsat 6 disappears shortly after launch. It is the fourth U.S. satellite lost in two months; the total losses are estimated at $2.3 billion.
1992 NFL Fined $60,000,000 $30,000,000 was awarded to 235 developmental squad players because of wage fixing during the 1989 season. Another $30,000,000 was awarded to players who were shorted a week's pay at the end of the 1987 player strike.
1992 Former Soviet Pres. Mikhail Gorbachev is fined 100 rubles (32¢) for refusing to testify at a Constitutional Court hearing which was set to determine the fate of the Communist Party.
1989 Jim Bakker The televangelist and former leader of the PTL Club is convicted of fraud and conspiracy. He had defrauded followers out of $158 million.
1984 First U.S. woman to walk in space The space shuttle Challenger is launched with Dr. Kathryn Sullivan aboard. She made her historical walk on the 11th.
1982 Tylenol murders 264,000 bottles of the pain reliever are taken off the market after a California man is stricken from strychnine-laced capsules. Seven people in the Chicago area had been killed by cyanide-laced capsules during the previous week. The killer has never been caught.
1962 The Beatles The group releases the single Love Me Do. The flip side contained P.S. I Love You.
1931 First nonstop transpacific flight Hugh Herndon and Clyde Pangborn arrive in Washington. The had left from Japan the previous day.
1930 First transcontinental flight by a woman Laura Ingalls departs in a biplane from Roosevelt Field, New York. She reached Glendale, California four days later.
1914 First airplane shot down by another plane A German plane shoots down a French pilot.
1892 End of the Dalton Gang Two Dalton brothers along with two other gang members are killed by Coffeyville, Kansas citizens during an attempted bank robbery. A third brother was captured and sentenced to life in prison.
1813 War of 1812 - Battle of the Thames Henry Harrison defeats the British and Indians.
Today's Birthdays for October 5
1951 Karen Allen American actress. Film: National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
1951 Bob Geldof (Robert Frederick Xenon Geldof), Irish singer with the Boomtown Rats. He organized the recording of the record Do They Know It's Christmas? (1984) and the Live Aid concert (1985) to raise funds for famine relief. He also starred in the film Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982).
1943 Steve Miller American guitarist. Music: The Joker (1973) and Fly Like an Eagle (1976).
1924 Bill Dana American comedian. TV: The Bill Dana Show (Jose Jimenez) and St. Elsewhere (father of Wayne Fiscus).
1922 Bil Keane d. 2011 (William Aloysius Keane), American cartoonist, creator of The Family Circus (1960) and Channel Chuckles (1954). Quote: "Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present."
1919 Donald Pleasence d. 1995 British actor. Film: The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965, the Devil), You Only Live Twice (1967, Ernst Blofeld), and Halloween (1978).
1917 Allen Ludden d. 1981 American game show host. TV: Password (1961-80).
1905 John Hoyt d. 1991 American actor. TV: Gimme a Break! (Grandpa Kaminsky).
1902 Ray Albert Kroc d. 1984 American businessman, founder of McDonald's (1955).
1882 Robert Hutchings Goddard d. 1945 American physicist, rocket pioneer, "father of the space age." He launched the first liquid fuel rocket (1926).
1864 Louis Lumière d. 1948 French motion picture pioneer. He and his brother Auguste developed the Cinématographe motion picture camera and projector.
1829 Chester Alan Arthur d. 1886 21st U.S. President (1881-85) and 20th U.S. Vice-President (1881).
1824 Henry Chadwick d. 1908 English-born American sports writer. Called "The Father of Baseball" for his early reporting on and contributions to the development of the game. Wrote the first baseball rule book (1858) and is credited with creating box scores, the abbreviation "K" for a strikeout, and the statistics of batting average and earned run average.
Deaths for October 5
2004 Rodney Dangerfield b. 1921 (Jacob Cohen), American Grammy-winning comedian. Film: Caddyshack (1980) and Back to School (1986). Comedy Album: No Respect (1980, Grammy) Rappin Rodney (1980, Grammy).
2004 Maurice Wilkins b. 1916 British biochemist, co-winner of the 1962 Nobel prize for discovering the structure of DNA. He also worked on creating the first atomic bomb.
1992 Eddie Kendricks b. 1939 American singer, with the Temptations, the most successful male vocal group of the 1960s and '70s, My Girl (1965, #1).
1988 Lois Wilson b. 1891 American founder of Al-Anon, the support group for friends and family of alcoholics. She was the wife of Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill Wilson.
1986 Rudolf Flesch b. 1911 Austrian-born American author, Why Johnny Can't Read (1955) in which he advocated the use of phonics to sound out words. His book inspired Dr. Seuss to write The Cat in the Hat (1957).
1983 Earl Silas Tupper b. 1907 American businessman, invented Tupperware (1942) and used the neighborhood party method to sell it.
1941 Louis Dembitz Brandeis b. 1856 American jurist. He was the first Jewish U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1916-39).
1813 Tecumseh b. circa 1768 Shawnee Indian chief. He was killed in the Battle of the Thames.