December 5 is the 339th day of the year. There are 26 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Thursday or Friday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Sunday (56).
+ 1831 – Former U.S. President John Quincy Adams takes his seat in the House of Representatives.
+ 1847 – Jefferson Davis is elected to the U.S. Senate.
+ 1848 – California Gold Rush: In a message to the United States Congress, U.S. President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California.
+ 1955 – E. D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
( Births )
+ 1782 – Martin Van Buren, American lawyer and politician, 8th President of the United States (d. 1862)
+ 1901 – Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (d. 1966)
+ 1932 – Little Richard, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor