March 5: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, March 5, 1868, the world's favorite paper joiner, the stapler, was patented?

March 5th is officially National Cheese Doodle Day & Absinthe Day.

Welcome to day 64 of 365! We’re still 301 days away from celebrating the new year, but we’ve gotta look forward to something right?

Here you’re going to learn all about the historical events, births and deaths that all happened on this eventful day.

Did you know that on this day in 1868, the world’s favorite paper joiner, the stapler, was patented? It was invented by C. H. Gould in England.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about March 5th in history!

What Events Happened On March 5 In History?

2021 Pope Francis made history when he became the first pope to visit Iraq.

OTD in 2021: Pope Francis made history when he became the first pope to visit Iraq.

The four-day visit was made possible by invitation from the Iraqi government and the largest Catholic church in Iraq, the Chaldean Catholic Church. Before this, a papal visit to Iraq was attempted in 2000, when Pope John Paul II wished to visit the city of Ur, but the Iraqi government denied him.

2013 Willcom announced the world’s smallest and lightest phone.

The "WX06A" phone is exactly 32 grams and measures just 32 x 70 x 10.7 mm, making it still today's smallest and lightest.

2002 The Osbournes reality TV show aired for the first time on MTV.

The American show featured Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, and Jack Osbourne. Ozzy and Sharon have another child (Aimee) who refused to participate.

1982 After a four-month journey, the Venera 14 spacecraft landed on Venus.

OTD in 1982: After a four-month journey

The Russian craft landing was a success and was able to capture pictures among other data for 56 minutes before succumbing to 869°F temperatures and high pressure.

1971 Led Zeppelin started their first tour at Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK.

1953 Soviet leader Joseph Stalin died in his home after suffering from a stroke.

1943 The battle of the Ruhr campaign began during WWII with an air raid in Essen, Germany.

The battle was a British bombing campaign that lasted for five months and attacked the Nazi area of Ruhr.


1935 Colorado became the birthplace of the cheeseburger.

OTD in 1935: Colorado became the birthplace of the cheeseburger.

Louis E Ballast registered the cheeseburger as a trademark after creating the cheeseburger at his restaurant, the Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive-In.

1904 Nikola Tesla tried to explain how the phenomenon of ball lightning works.

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1868 The world’s favorite paper joiner, the stapler was patented by C. H. Gould in England.

1807 Beethoven’s 4th Symphony in B was performed for the first time.

1770 The Boston Massacre occurred.

British soldiers shot and killed several people while being harassed by a mob in Boston. The Boston Massacre is considered one of the most significant events that led to the American Revolutionary War.

Famous Quotes Said On March 5

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on Mar 5.


“Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

– Maya Angelou


“This planet, with all its appalling immensity, is to electric currents virtually no more than a small metal ball.”

– Nikola Tesla

Famous People Born On March 5

Is today your birthday? If so, did you know that Eva Mendes was also born on this day? Here are more famous people born on this day.

2003 Cash Baker

American TikToker

Cash Baker
20 years old
Born In:
Oklahoma, USA

1999 Madison Beer

American Singer

Madison Beer
24 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

1974 Eva Mendes

American Actress

Eva Mendes
49 years old
Born In:
Florida, USA

1974 Matt Lucas

English Actor

Matt Lucas
49 years old
Born In:
England, UK

Special Holidays On March 5

Here are some unusual holidays that are celebrated on this day.

March 5: National Absinthe Day

National Absinthe Day

If you see any green fairies around today, don’t be alarmed - you might have just celebrated Absinthe Day a little too hard! This bittersweet spirit isn’t for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure, so if you don’t want to or can’t drink, you can still learn about Absinthe’s fascinating history.

March 5: National Cheese Doodle Day

National Cheese Doodle Day

While we may not all agree entirely on what to call these cheesy corn puffs, we can agree on one thing - they’re definitely delicious! All good food deserves its own special holiday, and cheese doodles are no exception, so snack away to your heart's content today!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Scotland wanted to replicate the Parthenon bigger and cheaper in 1826. It was never completed and is now nicknamed “Scotland’s Disgrace.”

March 5 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Those of you who were born on March 5 share the Pisces star sign.

Pisceans are good listeners. They’re able to listen to others closely with empathy and understanding.

People born in March all have the Aquamarine birthstone. Aquamarine is a beautiful blue-green stone with a calming, soothing energy. It’s known for helping people reconnect with water, and throughout folklore, is known as the treasure of mermaids.

Those who were born on March 5th were likely conceived the previous year on June 12th.

The due date for babies conceived on this day is around November 26, 2023.

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