Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/December 5

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This is a list of selected December 5 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled December 5, 2018 featured article or the December 5, 2018 featured picture.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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International Volunteer Day; refimprove
St Nicholas's Eve in various European countries; refimprove section
; National Day in Thailand (1927) outdated
1492Christopher Columbus became the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola, now Haiti and the Dominican Republic. article says Dec 25, but not cited
1590 – Niccolò Sfondrati became Pope Gregory XIV, succeeding Pope Urban VII who died two months earlier. needs more footnotes; lead too short
1766 – In London, James Christie founded what is today the world's leading art business and fine arts auction house. refimprove section
1776 – The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest academic honor society in the United States, and the first collegiate organization to adopt a Greek-letter name, was founded at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. unreferenced section
1936 – The 1936 Soviet Constitution, also known as the "Stalin constitution", was adopted. unreferenced section
1952 – The "Great Smog of London" began and lasted for five days, causing 12,000 deaths and leading to the Clean Air Act 1956. lots of CN tags
1958Subscriber trunk dialling was inaugurated in the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II when she made a phone call from Bristol to Edinburgh. refimprove


Born/died: Princess Alice of Battenberg (d. 1969)


December 5: Krampusnacht in Austria

Damage from the Brooklyn Theatre fire
Damage from the Brooklyn Theatre fire

Joan, Countess of Flanders (d. 1244) · Louise Bryant (b. 1885) · Amrita Sher-Gil (d. 1941)

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