March 05

This Day in History

2000

Woman Gives Herself Caesarean

In what is perhaps one of the most intrepid deliveries ever performed, Mexican mother Ines Ramirez Perez performed a Caesarean section on herself on this day in 2000. One early March evening, … (more...)

1953

Joseph Stalin dies

Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union since 1924, dies in Moscow. Stalin, the son of a poor cobbler, joined Vladimir Lenin's revolutionary Bolshevik party in 1903. After 1917, Stalin held … (more...)

1918

U.S.S Cyclops Disappears

One of the most enduring and mysterious maritime incidents of modern history is the disappearance of the large American transport and collier ship U.S.S Cyclops that occurred on 5 March 1918. This … (more...)

1512

Gerardus Mercator Born

On this day in 1512, the celebrated Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator was born in Rupelmonde, in the Hapsburg county of Flanders, now situated in present day Belgium. Mercator was educated at … (more...)