Today in History: Portugal was declared a republic

The following are some of the major events to have occurred on October 5:

1910 – Portugal was declared a republic after a successful revolt against King Manuel II.

1983 – Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1995 – U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke clinched a ceasefire agreement among warring factions in Bosnia.

2000 – Demonstrators stormed the Yugoslav parliament building in Belgrade and opposition leader Vojislav Kostunica told a huge rally that President Slobodan Milosevic had been defeated.

2001 – Emilie Schindler, who with her husband Oskar helped hundreds of Jews escape Nazi death camps in World War Two, died. She was 94.

2001 – San Francisco Giants’ Barry Bonds sets new baseball record when he hits 71st home run in a single season.

2003 – Akhmad Kadyrov, a former Muslim cleric backed by the Kremlin, won Chechnya’s presidential election by a landslide. He was assassinated in May, 2004.

2005 – A huge mudslide triggered by Hurricane Stan engulfed dozens of homes in Guatemala’s Maya Indian highlands, killing some 2,000 people.

2007 – American athlete Marion Jones announces retirement after pleading guilty to lying to federal investigators about her use of steroids.

2008 – World’s largest Lego tower is built in Vienna.

2011 – Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs dies.


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