September 5 is the 248th day of the year in a standard year and helped shape the United States by way of the First Continental Congress and the election of the president of the Republic of Texas. In the sporting world, the forward pass was invented, forever changing the way the United States’ most popular sport was played.
1774 – First Continental Congress
The First Continental Congress formed in response to the British Empire’s continued taxing of the American colonists, leading the independent colonies to start to think of themselves as one nation that would become the United States.
1836 – President Sam Houston
With the newly independent Republic of Texas hoping to join the United States, democracy reigned and elections were held, resulting in Sam Houston becoming the first president of Texas.
1882 – Come On Ye Spurs
The North London soccer club Tottenham Hotspur is founded and eventually becomes a member of the First Division of English football. Today, Spurs is one of the biggest names in the English Premier League, although it had not won a title as of 2019.
1906 – The First Pass
Prior to 1906, all American football movement involved running the ball, but that changed when St. Louis’ Bradbury Robinson tossed the first pass in a football game. Today, passing has become the dominant way for teams to gain yards.
1960 – The Greatest is Golden
Several years before changing his name to Muhammad Ali and winning the heavyweight championship of the world, Cassius Clay was an Olympic gold medalist, winning a gold medal representing the United States at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
1977 – Voyage to Jupiter and Saturn
The Voyager probe was launched to explore Jupiter and Saturn, getting some of the earliest up-close shots of the gas giants and the moons in their orbits.
1978 – Camp David Accords
The Camp David Accords marked a historic agreement between the leaders of Israel and Egypt, leading to the first time that an Arab nation recognized the Jewish state of Israel and established diplomatic relations.
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In 2012, the United Nations deemed Sept. 5 to be the official International Day of Charity to raise awareness about worldwide charitable efforts. In the United States, Sept. 5 is also known as National Cheese Pizza Day.
1638 – Louis XIV
The Sun King of France ruled for 72 years and served as the last great ruler of the Bourbon dynasty, which fell with the French Revolution.
1847 – Jesse James
Known as one of the most feared outlaws of the Wild West, and his fame only grew in death with his legend.
1936 – Bill Mazeroski
Hall of Fame second baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates who became famous with one swing of the bat, as his home run in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7 won the 1960 World Series for the Pirates.
1951 – Michael Keaton
Known for several famous movie roles, including that of Batman in both Batman and Batman Returns.
1548 – Catherine Parr
The final wife of King Henry VIII’s six queens of England and the only one to outlive him, as she outlasted her husband by a year and a half.
1877 – Crazy Horse
One of the leaders of the Lakota Sioux tribe in its efforts to push back against the United States’ settlers expansion into the Midwest, ultimately fighting in vain to preserve the Sioux way of life.
1997 – Mother Teresa
One of the most famous humanitarian workers in the world and honored as a saint in the Catholic Church for her life of service. She earned a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work fighting AIDS.