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December 5th History

December 5

1594 - Death of man who drew the world

1792 - George Washington is re elected President of the US

1870 - Death of Alexandre Dumas père, author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers

1904 - The Japanese destroy the Russian fleet at Port Arthur

1905 - The roof of Charing Cross Station in London collapses killing five

1906 - Russian admiral Niebogatov goes on trial accused of surrendering ships to the Japanese

1910 - A convoy of barges on the River Volga in Russia sinks drowning 350 workmen

1912 - Italy, Germany and Austria renew the Triple Alliance for a further six years

1920 - In a referendum, the Greek people vote for the return of their monarch, ex-King Constantine removed by the Allies in 1917

1956 - Rose Heilbron becomes Britain's first female judge

1977 - President Sadat of Egypt severs links with Syria, Libya Algeria and South Yemen

1978 - The USSR signs a 20 year treaty of friendship with Afghanistan