Today In History, September 5th

1698 – Russia’s Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.

1793 – In France, the “Reign of Terror” began. The National Convention enacted measures to repress the French Revolutionary activities.

1836 – Sam Houston was elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas.

1881 – The American Red Cross provided relief for disaster for the first time. The disaster was the Great Fire of 1881 in Michigan.

1882 – The first U.S. Labour Day parade was held in New York City.

1885 – Jake Gumper bought the first gasoline pump to be manufactured in the U.S.

1914 – Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional player in the International League.

1930 – Charles Creighton and James Hagris completed the drive from New York City to Los Angeles and back to New York City all in reverse gear. The trip took 42 days in their 1929 Ford Model A.

1939 – The U.S. proclaimed its neutrality in World War II.

1958 – The first colour videotaped program was aired. It was “The Betty Freezer Show” on WBTV-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1958 – Boris Pasternak’s “Doctor Zhivago” was published for the first time in the U.S .

1960 – Cassius Clay of Louisville, Kentucky won the gold medal in light heavyweight boxing at the Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. Clay later changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

1977 – The U.S. launched Voyager to study only the planetary systems of Jupiter and Saturn,

1980 – The St. Gothard Tunnel opened in Switzerland. It is the world’s longest highway tunnel at 10.14 miles long. (Image: YouTube)

1986 – Merv Griffin aired his final program for Metromedia Television after 23 years on various talk shows.

1986 – Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” won the MTV award for Best Video.

1987 – “American Bandstand” was canceled after 30 years on television.

1992 – A General Motors Corporation strike ended with a new agreement being approved. Nearly 43,000 workers were on strike.

2003 – In London, magician David Blaine entered a clear plastic box and then suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He remained there until October 19 surviving only on water.

(Sources: On-This-Day, IMDb)

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