December 5th

2009
An Italian jury convicts Amanda Knox, an American student, of murdering her former roommate, English student Meredith Kercher, in 2007.
Amanda Knox
2008
A judge in Las Vegas sentenced O.J. Simpson to 33 years in prison (with eligibility for parole after nine) for an armed robbery at a hotel room.
Wikipedia:In the news/Candidates/December 2008
2006
New York became the first city in the nation to ban artery-clogging trans fats at restaurants.
Trans fat
2005
UK's Civil Partnership Act of 2004 comes into force. UK's Civil Partnership Act of 2004 came into force almost a year after it was passed.
Civil Partnership Act 2004
2004
Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president.
Hamid Karzai
2002
At Sen. Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday celebration, Senate Republican leader Trent Lott praised Thurmond's 1948 segregationist presidential bid. Lott subsequently resigned his leadership position.
Wikipedia:ACF Regionals answers/09
1996
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan questioned whether the stock market was overvalued due to investors' 'irrational exuberance.'.
Mexican peso crisis
1994
Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades.
Newt Gingrich
1977
Egypt breaks all relations with Arab countries. President Anwar al-Sadat broke all relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, and South Yemen in response to these countries and the Palestinian Liberation Organization signing the Declaration of Tripoli. The declaration followed Sadat's visit to Israel.
Foreign relations of Egypt
1955
The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO.
AFL–CIO
1936
Establishment of the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic. The Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic was a established as a republic of the Soviet Union.
Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic
1933
End of prohibition in the U.S. A national ban on alcohol in the U.S. first instituted in 1920 by the 18th amendment, ended on this day after the ratification of the 21st amendment.
Prohibition in the United States
1901
Movie producer Walt Disney was born in Chicago.
Walt Disney
1872
Having left New York on Nov. 5, the brigantine Mary Celeste was found adrift off Portugal with everyone aboard mysteriously missing.
Mary Celeste
1848
President James K. Polk triggered the Gold Rush of '49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California.
California Gold Rush
1831
Former President John Quincy Adams took his seat as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
John Quincy Adams
1792
George Washington was re-elected president and John Adams was re-elected vice president.
United States presidential election, 1792
1791
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria, at age 35.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1782
Martin Van Buren, the eighth U.S. president and the first to be born after the country was formed, was born in Kinderhook, N.Y.
Martin Van Buren
1776
The first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Phi Beta Kappa Society
1766
Christie's hold their first sale. Art auction house Christie's founder James Christie made his first art sale.
Christie's
1456
Earthquake strikes Naples. about 35,000 die
1626 Naples earthquake
1349
500 Jews of Nuremberg massacred during Black Death riots.
Black Death Jewish persecutions
771
Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman.
Charlemagne