December 5, 1756 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer

December 5, 1839 - George Armstrong Custer, Killed at the battle of 'The Little Bighorn'

December 5, 1901 - Walt Disney, US cartoon film producer; 'Mickey Mouse' & 'Donald Duck'

December 5, 1935 - Little Richard, Singer/songwriter and pianist

December 5, 1946 - Jose Carreras, Spanish operatic tenor

December 5, 1941 - Sheridan Morley, Drama critic, and son of the actor Robert Morley

December 5, 1902 - Emeric Pressburger, Film maker

December 5, 1906 - Otto Preminger, Film director; 'Carmen Jones'

December 5, 1766 - The founder of the famous London auctioneers, James Christie, held his first sale

December 5, 1870 - Alexandre Dumas, the French author of 'The Three Musketeers', died in Dieppe

December 5, 1933 - In America, prohibition was repealed after over 13 years

December 5, 1945 - In the 'Bermuda Triangle' five US Navy bombers, on a training flight, disappeared without trace

December 5, 1926 - The French painter Claude Monet died as a recluse, in Giverny

December 5, 1872 - The vessel 'Marie Celeste' was found abandoned in the Atlantic, no trace of her crew was ever found

December 5, 1973 - During a petrol shortage, the British government imposed a 50mph speed limit on roads to save fuel