on this day …. 12/5


1945
Aircraft squadron lost in the Bermuda Triangle
At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising Flight 19 take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 120-mile leg… read more »
1776
Phi Beta Kappa is founded while army flounders »
1970
Last segment of the Dan Ryan Expressway opens in Chicago »
1839
George Custer born »
1978
USSR and Afghanistan sign “friendship treaty” »
1873
The Boston Belfry Murderer kills his first victim »
DISASTER
1876
Hundreds die in Brooklyn theater fire »
1933
Prohibition ends »
1941
Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez is published »
2000
O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack released »
1871
Rodeo star Bill Pickett born in Texas »
1782
Van Buren is born »
SPORTS
2002
Roone Arledge dies »
1964
Army Captain awarded first Medal of Honor for action in Vietnam »
1970
North Vietnam announces it will not be intimidated by U.S. bombing »
1915
Siege of British-occupied Kut, Mesopotamia begins »
1941
American carrier Lexington heads to Midway »