Today's History Trivia for September 5
2005 Hurricane Katrina Former first lady Barbara Bush comments on the Katrina evacuees staying in the Houston Astrodome, "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this, (laughing) this is working very well for them."
1975 Presidential Assassination Attempt by Charles Manson Follower Charles Manson follower Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme attempts to shoot U.S. President Gerald Ford. Fromme was about an arm's length from Ford on the grounds of the California State Capitol building when she tried to shoot him with a pistol. The gun failed to fire and no one was injured. Fromme apparently didn't know how to operate the gun. She was quickly apprehended at the scene. She said she wanted to make a statement to people who refused to halt environmental pollution. During her trial, she threw an apple at the prosecuting attorney knocking off his glasses. Fromme spent 34 years in prison and was released in 2009. Ford gave a videotaped testimony at the trial making him the first U.S. President to testify at a criminal trial.
Massacre of Israeli Olympic Athletes
Eleven Israeli athletes are kidnapped and killed by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. Two of the Israeli athletes were killed while fighting back during the kidnapping. Their efforts allowed others to escape. After the kidnapping, the terrorists demanded 234 prisoners jailed in Israel and two German-held founders of the Red Army Faction be released. The Israeli authorities refused their demands. During a German rescue attempt the following day, the nine remaining hostages and a German police officer were killed along with five of the kidnappers. The three remaining kidnappers were arrested. In October, Lufthansa Flight 615 was hijacked and the surviving terrorists were released in exchange for the plane's hostages.
1991 The Soviet Union is restructured into individual republics having the right to secede and determine their involvement with the central government.
1983 Thicke of the Night debuts starring Alan Thicke.
1977 Voyager I is launched, flying past Jupiter in 1979 and Saturn in 1980.
1949 The Discovery of Radiocarbon Dating is announced by American chemist Willard Frank Libby.
1916 Rudolph Valentino is arrested by the New York City vice squad for luring a man into a whorehouse with the intent to blackmail him later.
1906 First legal forward pass in a football game The St. Louis University throw one against Carroll College.
1774 First assembly of the Continental Congress Peyton Randolph is elected president.
Today's Birthdays for September 5
1902 Darryl Francis Zanuck d. 1979 American Oscar-winning movie producer and executive, co-founder of 20th Century Pictures (1933). In 1946 he predicted the quick demise of television stating, "People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."
1846 Jack Daniel d. 1911 (Jasper Newton Daniel), American whiskey maker. According to legend, he died of blood poisoning from a wound incurred while kicking a safe because he had forgotten the combination. (Biography: Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel).
1951 Michael Keaton (Michael Douglas), American actor. Film: Night Shift (1982), Beetlejuice (1988), and Batman (1989, title role).
1950 Cathy Lee Guisewite American cartoonist, created Cathy (1976).
1946 Freddie Mercury d. 1991 (Frederick Bulsara), musician. Lead singer of Queen, known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. He died of AIDS.
1940 Raquel Welch (Raquel Tejada), American actress, sex symbol. Film: One Million Years B.C. (1966) and Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976).
1939 William Devane American actor. TV: Knots Landing (1983-93, Greg Sumner), 24 (2005-07, James Heller), The Missiles of October (1974, JFK).
1939 George Lazenby Australian actor. Film: Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969, James Bond).
1935 Werner Erhard (John Paul Rosenberg), American educator, developed the social transformation technique "est" (Erhard Training Seminars, 1971).
1929 Bob Newhart American actor. TV: The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart.
1912 John Cage d. 1992 American avant-garde composer, noted for his use of unusual items for music. He created what is considered the first electronic music by varying the frequencies of tone generators.
1897 Arthur Charles Nielsen d. 1980 American marketing researcher. He founded A.C. Nielsen Co. (1923), which conducts radio and TV audience surveys.
1638 Louis XIV d. 1715 (Louis Dieudonné), King of France (1643-1715), became king at the age of 5. His successor, great-grandson Louis XV, also became king at age 5.
1187 Louis VIII d. 1226 (Louis the Fat), King of France (1223-26).
Deaths for September 5
1922 Sarah L. Winchester b. circa 1840 American heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune. She believed that she would live as long as she kept building onto her house. At her death it had 160 rooms, 200 doors, 10,000 windowpanes, 47 fireplaces, and a staircase leading to nowhere. She also believed the mansion was haunted by the ghosts of those killed with Winchester rifles.
b. circa 1840
leader of the leader of the Oglala Lakota. After his village was destroyed for refusing to return to the reservation, he led an uprising against the U.S., defeating Custer in his last stand (1876).
2016 Phyllis Schlafly b. 1924 American conservative activist. She was opposed to the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Writings: A Choice Not an Echo (1964).
2016 Hugh O'Brian b. 1925 (Hugh Krampe), American actor. Founded Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (1958). TV: The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955-61, Sheriff Wyatt Earp).
1999 Allen Funt b. 1914 American TV personality, creator and host of Candid Camera.
1988 Gert Fröbe b. 1913 (Karl-Gerhard Frobe), German actor. Film: Goldfinger (1964, Auric Goldfinger).
1902 Rudolf Virchow b. 1821 German scientist, political leader, "Founder of Cellular Pathology."
1786 Jonas Hanway b. 1712 English traveller. He is credited with popularizing the umbrella in London after bringing one back from Portugal.