December 05

This Day in History

2013

Former South African president Nelson Mandela dies

When President Jacob Zuma revealed that Nelson Mandela had passed away on December 5, he announced: "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father." Nelson Mandela, who devoted … (more...)

1933

Prohibition Ends in America

The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, bringing an end to the prohibition of alcohol in America. In early 1919, the 18th Amendment banned the manufacture, sale, and transportation of … (more...)

1484

Witches Blamed for Little Ice Age

"On this day in 1484, Pope Innocent VIII issued a papal bull decrying witchcraft in Germany and opening the way for systemised persecution of witches. The papal bull is often considered the … (more...)