On This Day In History, 5 September

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World Events Today

  • The New Zealand Prime Minister, Michael Joseph Savage, said today in 1939, “where she goes, we go, where she stands, we stand”, it was in reference to New Zealand’s support for Britain in World War II
  • The Munich massacre, which lasted 2 days, started today in 1972, during the Summer Olympics in Munich a Palestinian terrorist group took 11 Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them, a German policeman was also killed
  • The Provisional Irish Republican Army, the IRA, bombed the London Hilton on Park Lane today in 1975, 2 were killed and 63 others were injured

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Norwegian pop-group A-ha won 8 out of the 11 awards it was nominated for at the MTV Video Music Awards, today in 1986
  • The American talk show The Joan Rivers Show aired for the first time today in 1989 and ran for 3 seasons
  • The Losing My Religion single, by the rock-band R E M, won 6 awards at the MTV Video Music Awards today in 1991

Family Events Today

  • Farrokh Bulsara, better known as the singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury, lead vocalist of the rock band Queen, was born today in 1946 in the Sultanate of Zanzibar
  • The World War II Royal Air Force flying ace Sir Douglas Bader died today in 1982 aged 72
  • Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu, better known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta or Mother Teresa, who received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, died today in 1997 aged 87

Main Event Today

  • The First Opium War between Britain and China started today in 1839

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Be Late For Something Day

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