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October 5 - This Day In History

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1925 - Grand Ole Opry Airs on Radio

The Grand Ole Opry radio show airs on WSM radio in Tennessee.  It is one of the longest running broadcasts in history.  The show is known for having some of the biggest stars in country music visit. 

British Air Ship R101

1930 – Airship R101 Crashes

British Airship R101 was one of two airships developed by the British Government as part of a new program to use the airships throughout their empire.  The R101 was the largest airship built at the time, until the Hindenburg 5 years later.   It crashed on October 5, 1930, while on its maiden voyage to France, killing 48 of 54 people aboard.  More people died on the crash of R101 than the Hindenburg.

1947 – First Presidential Televised Address

President Truman makes the first ever presidential address to the country on October 5, 1947.  President Truman went on television to ask the country to reduce the amount of grain they used, to help the Europeans.  There were food shortages in Europe, results of World War II.  Television was a new medium, so only a few people saw the broadcast, but it set a standard for the presidential office and speeches would be broadcast on television going forward.

1953 – Yankees win 5 Series in a Row

The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1953 World Series.  This gave the Yankees the record of winning five World Series titles in a row.  The Yankees had won four in a row in 1936-1939, but no one had won five in a row.  This also made seven losses in seven tries for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1962 – Beatles Release First Single

On October 5, 1962, the Beatles released their first single, “Love Me Do”.  It went to number seventeen+ on the charts.  It was later released in the United States and went to number one.

1969 – Monty Python’s Flying Circus

The first of 45 episodes aired on October 5, 1969 in Britain on BBC.  The 45 episodes aired over a four year span from 1969 to 1974.  Shortly after the end of the series in Britain, they aired in the US and were an instant hit.

Dalai lama Wins 1989 Peace Prize

1989 – Dalai Lama Wins Peace Prize

The 14th Dalai Lama, the religious and political leader of Tibet, received the Nobel Peace Prize on October 5, 1989.  Tibet was invaded by China in 1950 and the Dalai Lama fled in 1959, but kept trying to make peace in his country.  He first asked for his country to be given back, and then asked for the country to be self-governed with China being in charge of defense and foreign affairs.  Both offers were rejected.  Criticism from other countries has made China relent a little and deal with Tibet in a more moderate manner.  The Dalai Lama is still in exile, trying to keep the cause of Tibet in the public eye.

2001 – Barry Bonds Hits 71st Home Run

San Francisco Giant’s Barry Bond hits his 71st home run, breaking Mark McGwire’s record for the most home runs in a single season.  He hit another homerun later in the game for 72, and a last one two days later for 73.  The record still stands today.


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