5 October It Happened Today
1880 Death of French composer Jacques Offenbach.
1908 Bulgaria declares independence from Turkey.
1930 The British R101 airship crashes in France killing 48 people.
1952 Tea ceases to be rationed in Britain.
1954 Birth of Irish musician Bob Geldof.
1975 Birth of English actress Kate Winslet.
1999 A train crash near Paddington station in London kills 31 people.