October 5: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 5

October 5th celebrates Chic Spy™ Day and Do Something Nice Day.

We’ve made it to the 278th day of the year! There are 87 days left until we reach the new year.

Everyone who was born on October 5th shares the star sign of Libra.

You’re moments away from unearthing the top major historical events that all happened on this day in history. Here you’ll find events that happened related to technology, art, law, music and so much more!

Did you know that on this day in 2005, Stephenie Meyer’s vampire novel “Twilight” was published? Despite its somewhat mediocre critical reception, it would go on to become a bestseller.

Keep reading for more facts about October 5th in history!

What Happened On October 5 In History?


Banksy’s famous “Girl With Balloon” was sold for £1 million at an auction, then the piece automatically self-destructed by running through a shredder fitted into the frame.

OTD in 2018: Banksy's famous "Girl With Balloon" was sold for £1 million at an auction
Those attending the auction looked in horror. Banksy then posted the picture on Instagram with the caption reading "Going, going, gone …"

California Governor Jerry Brown passed a bill that would legalize assisted suicide for terminally ill persons.

Source NPR

Stephenie Meyer’s vampire novel “Twilight” was published.


The Constitution of the Federative Republic of Brazil was ratified.

OTD in 1988: The Constitution of the Federative Republic of Brazil was ratified.

AT&T was founded by Alexander Graham Bell, Gardiner Greene Hubbard, and Thomas Sanders.


Elton John’s 7th album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” was released.


The US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was founded.


The American romantic comedy “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, starring Audrey Hepburn, was released in the US.

The movie had a budget of $2.5 million but reached an impressive $14 million at the Box Office.

Hitler was injured from by grenade as a soldier, fighting during World War I.

The shrapnel severely wounded his left thigh.

Notorious American outlaws, The Dalton Brothers, set out to rob two banks in Coffeyville, Kansas.

They were recognized before they got to the second bank and were shot at by vigilantes – 8 men died, including 4 of the five outlaws present. The 5th was injured and arrested.

The Great Cyclone of Calcutta hit India and destroyed over half the city.

As a result, 172 out of the 195 ships were either damaged or destroyed, around 300,000 people died, thousands of homes were damaged, and even the city's anemometer was blown away. This is known as the worst cyclone ever to hit Calcutta.

Did you know that on this day, October 5th 2005, Stephenie Meyer's vampire novel "Twilight" was published?