December 5

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2023 Daily Holidays that fall on December 5, include:

  • AFL-CIO Day 
  • Bathtub Party Day 
  • Columbian International Day of the Reef 
  • Day of the Ninja 
  • International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 
  • International Volunteers Day 
  • Krampusnacht 
  • National Blue Jeans Day 
  • National Communicate with Your Kids Day 
  • National Commute With Your Baby Day 
  • National Sachertorte Day 
  • Repeal of Prohibition Day 
  • World Soil Day 
  • World Trick Shot Day - December 5, 2023 (First Tuesday in December)

2023 Weekly Holidays that include December 5, are:

  • Advent - December 3 - 24, 2023
  • Clerc-Gallaudet Week - December 3-10
  • Computer Science Education Week - December 4-10, 2023
  • Cookie Cutter Week - December 1-7  (First Week of December)
  • National Groundwater Awareness Week - December 5-7, 2023
  • National Hand Washing Awareness Week - December 3-9, 2023 (First Full Week of December)
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week - December 3-9, 2023 (First Full Week of December
  • National Older Driver Safety Awareness Week - December 3-9, 2023
  • Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week - December 3-8, 2023 (First Full Week of December)
  • Tie One On For Safety Campaign - Runs November 23, 2023 through January 1, 2024 (Thanksgiving to New Year's Day)

2023 Monthly Holidays that include December 5, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our December Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of December.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a moveable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for December 5 is Sagittarius.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for December are:

  • Holly/Narcissus - Sweetness, Self-Esteem, Vanity, The Sweetness of whoever receives it


The Birthstone(s) for December is:

  • Tanzanite
  • Zircon
  • Turquoise

Famous Birthdays

  • 1782 - Martin Van Buren, American lawyer and politician who becae the 8th President of the United States (d. 1862)
  • 1839 - George Armstrong Custer, American General (d. 1876)
  • 1879 - Clyde Vernon Cessna, American pilot and businessman who founded the Cessna Aircraft Corporation (d. 1954)
  • 1886 - Rose Wilder Lane, American journalist, author, and daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder (d. 1968)
  • 1901 - Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founder of The Walt Disney Company (d. 1966)
  • 1932 - Little Richard, American singer, songwriter, and actor (d. 2020)
  • 1947 - Jim Messina, American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Member of Buffalo Springfield, and Poco, and half of the duo of Loggins & Messina with Kenny Loggins

Famous Deaths

  • 1791 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer and musician (b. 1756)
  • 1926 - Claude Monet, French painter (b. 1840)
  • 2013 - Nelson Mandela - South African lawyer, and politician who became the 1st President of South African, Nobel Peace Prize Winner (b, 1918)
  • 2015 - Chuck Williams, American author and businessman who founded Williams Sonoma (b. 1915)
  • 2017 - Michael I of Romania, fifth and last King of Romania (b. 1921)
  • 2021 - Bob Dole, American politician (b. 1923)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1943 - Dinah Shore, singer and actress marries actor George Montgomery
  • 2003 - British Chris Martin, Coldplay lead vocalist marries American actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow

Quote of the Day

You're My Sunshine!

You're My Sunshine!

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

December 5 is National Communicate with Your Kids Day

Communication with kids is vital in today’s world! Kids face things today, that we never faced! The lines of communication must remain open, because your kids will have many questions relating to what it means to have a healthy body, dieting, self image, and eating disorders.

December 5 is National Communicate with Your Kids Day

The Healthy Diet Habit, is to keep your kids active and feed them lots of healthy meals, cook together, plan meals together, shop together, and talk, talk, talk about anything that is close to their heart. They need your input and caring to navigate the world that they face every day!

Find out more information about Communication with Kids from Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website!

This Day in History

  • 1456 - Italy has two earthquakes measuring 7.2mw, the first one killing more than 70,000 people and lots of destruction
  • 1496 - King Manuel I of Portugal issues a decree that orders the expulsion of the Jewish from the Country
  • 1560 - Charles IX becomes King of France
  • 1766 - Auctioneer James Christie holds his first auction in London
  • 1831 - Former U.S. President John Quincy Adams takes a seat in the House of Representatives
  • 1847 - Jefferson Davis is elected to the U.S. Senate
  • 1848 - U.S. President James K. Polk confirms to the U.S. Congress that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California
  • 1933 - The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution that repeals the Eighteenth Amendment (Nationwide prohibition on alcohol) to the United States Constitution is ratified
  • 1935 - The National Council of Negro Women in New York City is founded by Mary McLeod Bethune
  • 1941 - During World War II, Great Britain declares war on Finland, Hungary, and Romania
  • 1945 - Flight 19, a group of TBF Avengers disappear in the Bermuda Triangle
  • 1952 - There are 4,000 fatalities as a result of the Great Smog in London where a cold fog combined with air pollution brought the city to a standstill for four days
  • 1955 - The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge and form the AFL-CIO
  • 1955 - Rosa Parks and E.D. Nixon lead the Montgomery bus boycott
  • 2013 - A Defense Ministry compound in Sana'a, Yemen is attacked by Militants killing 56 people and injuring 200 others

This Day in Music

  • 1895 - The New Haven Symphony Orchestra of Connecticut performs their first concert
  • 1980 - Flash Gordon, the movie opens in theaters with a theme sone by Queen
  • 2001 - A benefit concert headlining David Crosby and Don Henly raise $300,000 for children of the victims of the 9/11 attacks
  • 2010 - The cast of the show Glee performs on the reality competition show The X Factor
  • 2012 - Girl On Fire by Alicia Key hits #1 on the Billboard albums chart

This Day in Sports

  • 1947 - Joe Louis wins in 15 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title against Jersey Joe Walcott
  • 1974 - NFL's Seattle Seahawks team forms
  • 1978 - Pete Rose signs a 4-year, $32 million contract with Philadelphia Phillies to become the highest paid baseball player
  • 1984 - The Oakland A's trade Rickey Henerson to the Yankees in exchange for Jay Howell & Jose Rijo
  • 2017 - Russia is banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics by the International Olympic Committee due to doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Archeress (noun)

1. A female archer, a woman who shoots an arrow from a bow; Elizabeth deigned to show her skill as an archeress, to the detriment of the dappled deer in the wide park beyond (John Berwick Harwood).

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