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This Day in History: Dec. 5

1492 Christopher Columbus, on his first voyage to the New World, lands on the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
1775 The first Phi Beta Kappa chapter is founded, at the College of William and Mary.
1933 Prohibition ends with the ratification of the 21st Amendment , repealing the 18th Amendment.
1955 The AFL-CIO is created by the merger of the nation's 2 largest labor organizations, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
1978 The U.S. spacecraft Pioneer Venus 1 reaches Venus and begins mapping its surface.
1988 Evangelist Jim Bakker and a top aide are indicted for defrauding contributors to his PTL ministry.
1994 The START I Treaty, reducing the number of nuclear warheads held by the U.S. and the USSR by about 25 percent, comes into force.
1996 Pres. Bill Clinton announces his choice of Madeleine Albright as secretary of state, making her the highest-ranking woman government official in U.S. history.
2003 A Chechen suicide bomber kills 45 and injures more than 150 on a commuter train in Yessentuki, Russia.


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