On this day: December 5

POSTED: 10:00 PM PST Dec 04, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 04, 2015 

Mozart and Monet die, the 21st Amendment repealing prohibition is ratified, the Montgomery Bus Boycott begins, and O.J. Simpson heads to prison, all on this day.

OTD December 5 - Great Smog of 1952
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1952: A cold fog descends upon London and combines with air pollution, mostly from the use of coal, to form a thick layer of smog that would hang over the city for five days. Medical reports from the time estimated that 4,000 people died prematurely from the smog, although more recent research pegs the number of deaths that can be blamed on the incident at around 12,000.


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