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On This Day in History - 5th December


1756Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer
1839George Armstrong Custer, Killed at the battle of 'The Little Bighorn'
1901Walt Disney, US cartoon film producer; 'Mickey Mouse' & 'Donald Duck'
1902Emeric Pressburger, Film maker
1906Otto Preminger, Film director; 'Carmen Jones'
1935Little Richard, Singer/songwriter and pianist
1941Sheridan Morley, Drama critic, and son of the actor Robert Morley
1946Jose Carreras, Spanish operatic tenor


1766The founder of the famous London auctioneers, James Christie, held his first sale
1870Alexandre Dumas, the French author of 'The Three Musketeers', died in Dieppe
1872The vessel 'Marie Celeste' was found abandoned in the Atlantic, no trace of her crew was ever found
1926The French painter Claude Monet died as a recluse, in Giverny
1933In America, prohibition was repealed after over 13 years
1945In the 'Bermuda Triangle' five US Navy bombers, on a training flight, disappeared without trace
1956Britains first woman judge, Miss Rose Heilbron, was appointed
1973During a petrol shortage, the British government imposed a 50mph speed limit on roads to save fuel