December 5 (December 5) is the 339th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (340th in leap years). There are 26 more days until the end of the year.
1766 - Christie's London Auction House holds its first auction.
1917 - A truce is signed by Soviet Russian delegations and Axis powers in Brest-Litovsk, Belarus. The peace treaty, which forced Russia to withdraw from Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and some areas of Turkey and to pay war damages of six billion gold marks to Germany, was signed on March 3, 1918.
1931 - The Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow is destroyed by order of Joseph Stalin.
1933 - A U.S. Congress ratifies Amendment 21 of the U.S. Constitution, which repeals a ban introduced in January 1920 under the 18th Constitutional Amendment.
1934 - Women are given the right to vote in Turkey.
1945 - A squadron of five U.S. Navy TBF Avenger torpedo bombers disappears during an exercise in what is now known as the Bermuda Triangle.
1946 - nationalized SARTID and renamed the State Ironworks in Smederevo
1952 - A thick fog covers London for the next four days, killing many people with sulfur dioxide poisoning.
1952 - The Nikola Tesla Museum is founded in Belgrade
1962 - US and USSR agree to cooperate in space exploration for peaceful purposes.
1977 - Egypt breaks off relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq and South Yemen, Arab countries that have opposed the peace process between Egypt and Israel.
1978 - A wave of protests erupts in Iran against Islamic religious leaders against Shah Reza Pahlavi. Due to the strikes, oil production was reduced by almost half.
1993 - A mayor of Vienna is wounded in a bomb blast at his home. It was the fifth bomb letter sent in three days to journalists, priests and others who had anything to do with the immigrant group in Austria.
NATO members have approved the sending of 60,000 troops to Bosnia to preserve the peace reached by the Dayton Accords. The largest operation of the alliance since its founding in 1949 was conducted under the name "Joint Venture".
The Sri Lankan army captured Jaffna, a town on the peninsula of the same name, which was the main stronghold of the Tamil rebels for five years.
2001 - Afghanistan