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Day History: October-5

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456-The Visigoths -under king Theodoric II, acting on orders of the Roman emperor Avitus, invade Iberia with an army of Burgundians, Franks and Goths, led by the kings Chilperic I of Burgundy|Chilperic I and Gondioc. They defeat the Suebi under king Rechiar on the river Órbigo|Urbicus near Astorga, Spain|Astorga (Gallaecia).

610-Coronation of Byzantine Emperor -Heraclius.

869-The Fourth Council of Constantinople (Roman Catholic)|Fourth Council of Constantinople -is convened to decide about what to do about patriarch Photios I of Constantinople|Photius of Constantinople.

1143-King Alfonso VII of León and Castile -recognises Portugal as a Kingdom.

1450-Jews are expelled from Lower Bavaria -by order of Louis IX, Duke of Bavaria.

1550-Foundation of Concepción, Chile|Concepción -city in Chile.

1582-Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar -this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

1665-The University of Kiel -is founded.

1789- French Revolution -Women of Paris march to Palace of Versailles|Versailles in the Women's March on Versailles|March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI of France about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris.

1793- French Revolution -Dechristianisation of France during the French Revolution|Christianity is disestablished in France.

1813- Battle of the Thames -in Canada; Americans defeat British and kill Shawnee leader Tecumseh.

1857-The City of Anaheim, California -is founded.

1864-The Indian city of Kolkata|Calcutta -is almost totally destroyed by a cyclone; 60,000 die.

1869-The Saxby Gale -devastates the Bay of Fundy region of Maritime Canada. The storm had been predicted over a year before by a British naval officer.

1877- Chief Joseph -surrenders his Nez Perce people|Nez Perce band to General Nelson A. Miles.

1895-The first individual time trial -for racing cyclists is held on a 50-mile course north of London.

1903-Sir Samuel Griffith -is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Edmund Barton|Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O'Connor (politician)|Richard O'Connor are appointed as foundation justices.

1905- Wilbur Wright -pilots Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes, a world record that stood until 1908.

1910-In a 5 October 1910 revolution|revolution -in Portugal the list of Portuguese monarchs|monarchy is overthrown and a republic is declared.

1911-The Kowloon–Canton Railway -(split into MTR East Rail Line and Guangshen Railway now) commences service between Kowloon and Guangzhou|Canton.

1914- World War I -first aerial combat resulting in an intentional fatality.

1915- Bulgaria -enters World War I as one of the Central Powers.

1921- Baseball -The World Series is broadcast on the radio for the first time.

1930-British airship R101 -crashes in France ''en route'' to India on its maiden voyage.

1936-The Jarrow March -sets off for London.

1938-In Nazi Germany Jews' Nuremberg Laws|passports were invalidated -and those who needed a passport for emigration purposes were given one marked with the letter J (Jude – Jew).

1943-Ninety-eight American POW's executed by Japanese forces on Wake Island -

1944-Royal Canadian Air Force pilots shoot down the first German Jet aircraft|jet fighter -over France.

1944- Women's suffrage#France|Suffrage -is extended to women in France.

1945- Hollywood Black Friday -A six-month strike by Hollywood set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Bros.|Warner Brothers' studios.

1947-The first televised White House -address is given by President of the United States|U.S. President Harry S. Truman.

1948-The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake -kills 110,000.

1953-The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous -is held.

1955- Disneyland Hotel (California)|Disneyland Hotel -opens to the public in Anaheim, California.

1962-'' Dr. No (film)|Dr. No -', the first in the James Bond in film|James Bond film series, is released.

1962- The Beatles -first single, "Love Me Do" backed with "P.S. I Love You (Beatles song)|P.S. I Love You", is released in the United Kingdom.

1966-Near Detroit|Detroit, Michigan -there is a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station|Enrico Fermi demonstration nuclear breeder reactor.

1968-Police baton Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association|civil rights -demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland

1969-The first episode of '' Monty Python's Flying Circus -' airs on BBC One.

1970-The Public Broadcasting Service -(PBS) is founded.

1970- Montreal -British Trade Commissioner James Cross is kidnapped by members of the Front de libération du Québec|FLQ terrorist group, triggering the October Crisis.

1973-Signature of the European Patent Convention -

1974- Guildford pub bombings -bombs planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill four British soldiers and one civilian.

1975- Operation Primicia -terrorist attack against a Military Regiment at Formosa, Argentina.