On This Day In History, 5 October

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World Events Today

  • Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in outer space today in 1984, he was onboard the Space Shuttle Challenger
  • The California End of Life Option Act was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today in 2015, it allowed terminally ill adults to aid the dying process by self-administering lethal drugs
  • Sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein were made public today in 2017 in an article in the New York Times

Entertainment Events Today

  • The romantic comedy movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn, was released today in 1961
  • The first movie in the James Bond series, Doctor No, starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, was released in the United Kingdom today in 1962
  • The British surreal sketch comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired for the first time today in 1969 on BBC 1

Family Events Today

  • The American fast-food tycoon Ray Kroc, who made McDonald’s into a global franchise, was born today in 1902 in Illinois
  • The English actress Kate Elizabeth Winslet, CBE, who starred in many movies, including The Reader and Titanic, was born today in 1975 in Berkshire
  • The American businessman Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and co-creator of the iPhone and iPad, died today in 2011 aged 56

Main Event Today

  • Lech Wałęsa, who led the Solidarity movement in Poland and served as the first democratically elected President of Poland from 1990 to 1995, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today in 1983

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Do Something Nice Day

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