What happened this day in history: December 5

What happened this day in history, December 5 EMN-180412-175909001
What happened this day in history, December 5 EMN-180412-175909001

1189 - Richard I acknowledged the independence of Scotland.

1766 - James Christie, founder of the famous auction house, held his first sale in London.

1872 - The Mary Celeste, which had sailed from New York the month before, was found abandoned off the Azores.

1905 - The roof of London’s Charing Cross station collapsed, killing six people.

1920 - After a fiercely fought campaign, Scotland voted against prohibition.

1933 - Prohibition was repealed in the USA after more than 13 years.

1941 - Great Britain declared war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.

1952- A cold fog descended upon London, combining with air pollution and killing at least 12,000 in the weeks and months that followed.

1956 - Britain’s first woman judge, Rose Heilbron QC, was appointed in Burnley.

1958 - Britain’s first motorway, the Preston by-pass, was opened by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

1970 - George Best scored his 100th goal for Manchester United.

1991 - Leonid Kravchuk was elected as the first president of Ukraine.