March 5 in History
1798March 5, 1798:
Napoleon invades Switzerland and brings the country’s Confederation of the Thirteen Cantons (its ancient ruling system) to an end.
1953March 5, 1953:
Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union’s leader, dies of a heart attack in Moscow.
1963March 5, 1963:
Arthur K Melin receives a patent for the hula hoop, then known as the hoop toy.
- March 5, 1963:
American singer Patsy Cline is killed in a plane crash at just 30 years old.
1966March 5, 1966:
Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler’s single, “Ballad of the Green Berets” reaches the top of the Billboard 100 chart.
1971March 5, 1971:
Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is performed live for the first time in Belfast.
1979March 5, 1979:
Voyager 1, the US space probe flies by Jupiter’s innermost satellites, observing nine active volcanoes.
2002March 5, 2002:
The American reality television series, “The Osbournes” makes its debut on MTV.
2006March 5, 2006:
The David Attenborough-narrated “Planet Earth” documentary series premieres on BBC.