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Calendar for December 5th, 2013

Born 1782: Martin Van Buren (8th U.S. president). He was the first president to be a U.S. citizen at birth

Died 1791: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer)

Born 1839: George Armstrong Custer (U.S. Calvary officer)

Born 1901: Walt Disney (animator & theme park developer)

Born 1902: Strom Thurmond (politician)

Died 1926: Claude Monet (painter)

1929: American League for Physical Culture formed

Died 1951: "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (baseball player)

1955: Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott to protest racial segregation on city buses

1968: The Rolling Stones celebrated the release of Beggars Banquet with a custard pie fight at London's Kensington Gore Hotel

1974: The last new episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus was broadcast on the BBC

1983: The first six astronauts were chosen for the Canadian Space Program

Born 1985: Frankie Muniz (actor)

Died 2010: Don Meredith (football player & broadcaster)

Died 2011: Pusuke (world's oldest dog at age 26 years, 9 months)

Died 2013: Nelson Mandela (political activist)