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 This day in History - December 5
353 Historic Events for December 5
1949

Lanny [Jerry Lanston] Wadkins Richmond VA, PGA golfer (1972 Sahara)

Birth
1949

Bruce E Melnick, NYC, Cmdr USCG/astronaut (STS 41, STS 49)

Birth
1949

Lewis Arlt, Kingston NY, actor (Littlest Victims, Ken-Another World)

Birth
1949

Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title

Event
1950

Sikkim becomes a protectorate of India

Event
1950

Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Event
1951

Morgan Brittany, [Suzanne Cupito], LA Cal, actress (Katherine-Dallas)

Birth
1951

Thomas Warren Purtzer, Des Moines IA, PGA golfer (1977 Glen Campbell)

Birth
1951

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson, of baseball's black sox scandal, dies

Death
1951

"Dragnet" premieres

Event
1952

-8] worst smog in London ever, 4-8,000 die

Event
1952

Bobby Barth, rocker vocalist/guitarist (Axe)

Birth
1953

Jonathan Lewis, trombonist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)

Birth
1953

Larry Zbyszko, [Living Legend, Whistler], wrestler (WCW/AWA/NWA/WWF)

Birth
1954

KTEW (now KJRH) TV channel 2 in Tulsa, OK (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event
1954

Kathryn Young, LPGA golfer

Birth
1955

Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks

Event
1955

Paul Harvey, actor (Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), dies at 73

Death
1955

AFL and CIO merge, with George Meany as president

Event
1956

Thornton Wilder's "Matchmaker," premieres in NYC

Event
1957

Charlene Morett, Darby Pa, field hockey left wing (Oly-bronze-1984)

Birth
1957

Art Monk, NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Phila Eagles)

Birth
1957

NYC is 1st city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market (Fair Housing Practices Law)

Event
1957

Phil Collen, English heavy-metal guitarist (Def Leppard-Love Bites)

Birth
1957

William Inge's "Dark at the Top of the Stairs," premieres in NYC

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