March 5: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1496 - King Henry VII of England issues letters patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorising them to explore unknown lands.
- 1933 - Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a "bank holiday", closing all U.S. banks and freezing all financial transactions.
- 1946 - Winston Churchill coins the phrase "Iron Curtain" in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri.
- 1981 - The ZX81, a pioneering British home computer, is launched by Sinclair Research and would go on to sell over 1.5 million units around the world.
- 1982 - Soviet probe Venera 14 landed on Venus.
- Famous Birthdays: Gerardus Mercator (Flemish cartographer, philosopher, and mathematician), Jacques Babinet (French physicist), James Tobin (American economist, Nobel Prize laureate), Canaan Banana (Zimbabwean politician, 1st President of Zimbabwe), Lynn Margulis (American biologist)
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