September 5 in Pop Culture History
1666 – Great Fire of London ended, 10,000 buildings, including St Paul’s Cathedral, were destroyed, but only six people are known to have died.
1698 – Peter the Great decreed a tax on beards. When a citizen had more than 2 weeks worth of growth, a tax had to be paid, and the citizen was granted a two sided token stating: “the beard tax has been taken” and “the beard is a superfluous burden.”
1774 – Peyton Randolph was elected as the first president of the Continental Congress, in Philadelphia.
1836 – Sam Houston was elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
1881 – Thumb Fire, Michigan
1882 – 10,000 workers marched in the first Labor Day parade in New York City.
1906 – The first legal forward pass in American football was thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack Schneider in a 22-0 victory over Carroll College (Wisconsin).
1921 – Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle party in San Francisco ended with the accidental death of actress Virginia Rappe, in what became the first sex scandal in the Hollywood community.
1939 – President FDR declared US neutrality at start of WW II in Europe.
1949 – Willard Frank Libby announced his discovery of Radiocarbon dating.
1960 – Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) won the gold medal in the light heavyweight boxing competition at the Rome Olympics.
1964 – #1 Hit September 5, 1964 – September 25, 1964: The Animals – The House of the Rising Sun
1967 – ABC’s The Fugitive finale (part 2) was one of the most-watched episodes of the decade.”Tuesday, September 5th: The day the running stopped.”
1972 – Eleven Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian terrorists at that 1972 Munich Olympics.
1975 – Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme attempted to assassinate US President Gerald Ford.
1977 – Voyager 1 was launched.
1987 – Dick Clark’s American Bandstand was broadcast for the 2,751st and last time by ABC, after 30 years on the network. It continued, in syndication, until October 7, 1989.
1989 – Deborah Norville became news anchor of Today Show. Ratings slowly declined and by June of 1990, she was replaced by Katie Couric.
1997 – Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age 87.
1997 – Ally McBeal premiered on FOX
1998 – #1 Hit September 5, 1998 – October 2, 1998: Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
2001 – The Amazing Race premiered on CBS
2007 – Torchwood premiered on BBC America