A to Z This Day in World History | December 5th

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Here are some historical events that occurred on December 5:

1776: The Phi Beta Kappa Society, one of the oldest academic honor societies in the United States, was founded at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

1831: Former U.S. President John Quincy Adams took his seat in the House of Representatives, becoming the only former president to serve in the U.S. House.

1933: The 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, repealing the Prohibition of alcohol.

1952: The Great Smog of London began, a severe air pollution event that lasted until December 9 and caused significant health problems and deaths.

1978: The American space probe Pioneer 12 (also known as Pioneer Venus) sent back its first images of Venus.

2001: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) admitted that it had underestimated the amount of asbestos in the air following the September 11 attacks in New York City.

2013: Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa and anti-apartheid revolutionary, passed away at the age of 95.

These are just a few historical events that happened on December 5. As with any date, there are numerous other events that occurred on this day throughout history.

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