On This Day in History: September 5

On September 5, Londoners managed to finally put out the fire that had ravaged the city for four days. Here is a look at the events from today in history.

1666: The Great Fire of London Is Extinguished

Fire of LondonIt took four days for Londoners to work together to put out the Great Fire of London blaze. Firefighting efforts were very different to today, with locals using buckets of water to throw onto the flames. With a 10-month drought, extremely narrow streets and very high winds, the people didn’t stand a chance. King Charles II made his way to the streets to oversee the efforts, after ordering houses be pulled down to create fire breakers but the wind was too strong. Luckily, the wind changed direction, which helped to bring the flames under control. After starting on Pudding Lane, the last flames were put out on this day in history at Pye Corner.

The song London’s Burning is said to be based on the Great Fire of London. It’s possible that this isn’t true, as a version from 1580 was very similar and called Scotland’s Burning.

1972: Munich Olympics Massacre

Today in history saw the Munich 1972 Olympic Games interrupted by Palestinian terrorists storming Israeli apartments at the Olympic Village. Nine hostages were taken, with two others being killed. The terrorists demanded that 230 Arab prisoners be released by the Israelis in return for the release of the Israeli hostages. A shootout at Munich airport followed, where the nine hostages and five terrorists were killed by West German police. In memory of the athletes, the Olympics were suspended for 24 hours.

1997: Death of Mother Teresa

September 5 shocked the world, as it heard the news that Mother Teresa had died at the age of 87. The cause of death was confirmed as a heart attack, while she was staying at the Missionaries of Charity, Calcutta. She had been suffering from ill health for years before this, but it didn’t make the news any less shocking. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets for her funeral procession.

Famous Birthdays on September 5

City of the Sun poet Tommaso Campanella—1568

King Louis XIV of France—1638

American West outlaw Jesse James—1842

Whiskey creator Jack Daniel—1850

Darkness at Noon writer Arthur Kostler—1905

Composer John Cage—1912

West Side Story actress Carol Lawrence—1934

Freddie Mercury—1946

Cathy creator Cathy Guisewite—1950

Charmed actress Rose McGowen—1973

Game of Thrones Carice Van Houten—1976

The Vampire Diaries actress Kat Graham—1989

Teen Wolf actress Victoria Moroles—1996


Featured image from Deposit Photos

Birthdays from HistoryNet.com and FamousBirthdays.com

Great Fire of London: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Fire_of_London#/media/File:The_Great_Fire_of_London,_with_Ludgate_and_Old_St._Paul%27s.JPG

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