On this day: December 5

POSTED: 10:00 PM PST Dec 04, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 04, 2014 

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 - Brooklyn Theater Fire
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1876: A fire that begins on stage at the Brooklyn Theater in Brooklyn, New York, destroys the theater and kills at least 278 people. The fire ranks third in fatalities among U.S. fires taking place in theaters and other public assembly buildings, falling behind the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in Boston and the 1903 Iroquois Theater Fire in Chicago.

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