TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Star Democrat - - OPINION -

By THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

To­day is Wed­nes­day, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2018. There are 26 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

On Dec. 5, 1994, Repub­li­cans chose Newt Gin­grich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades.

On this date:

In 1776, the first scholas­tic fra­ter­nity in Amer­ica, Phi Beta Kappa, was or­ga­nized at the Col­lege of William and Mary in Wil­liams­burg, Va.

In 1782, the eighth pres­i­dent of the United States, Martin Van Buren, was born in Kin­der­hook, New York; he was the first chief ex­ec­u­tive to be born af­ter Amer­i­can in­de­pen­dence.

In 1791, com­poser Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart died in Vi­enna, Aus­tria, at age 35.

In 1792, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton was re-elected pres­i­dent; John Adams was re-elected vice pres­i­dent.

In 1848, Pres­i­dent James K. Polk trig­gered the Gold Rush of ‘49 by con­firm­ing that gold had been dis­cov­ered in Cal­i­for­nia.

In 1901, movie pro­ducer Walt Dis­ney was born in Chicago.

In 1932, Ger­man physi­cist Al­bert Ein­stein was granted a visa, mak­ing it pos­si­ble for him to travel to the United States.

In 1933, na­tional Pro­hi­bi­tion came to an end as Utah be­came the 36th state to rat­ify the 21st Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion, re­peal­ing the 18th Amend­ment.

In 1945, five U.S. Navy tor­pedo bombers mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­peared af­ter tak­ing off from Fort Laud­erdale, Fa., on a train­ing mis­sion with the loss of all 14 crew mem­bers; “The Lost Squadron” con­tributed to the le­gend of the Ber­muda Tri­an­gle.

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