Selected anniversaries/December 5

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December 5: Krampusnacht in Austria

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  • 1757Seven Years' War: Prussian forces under Frederick the Great defeated Austrian forces under Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine at the Battle of Leuthen in present-day Poland.
  • 1876 – Fire engulfed the Brooklyn Theatre (damage pictured) in Brooklyn, New York, killing at least 278 people, mostly due to smoke inhalation.
  • 1958 – Britain's first motorway, the Preston By-pass, opened to the public.
  • 1972Gough Whitlam took office as the 21st Prime Minister of Australia and formed a duumvirate with his deputy Lance Barnard, ending 23 years of Liberal-Country Party government.
  • 2007 – A nineteen-year-old gunman went on a shooting spree at a shopping mall in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., killing nine people, including himself.

Joan, Countess of Flanders (d. 1244) Louise Bryant (b. 1885) Amrita Sher-Gil (d. 1941)

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