On December 5:
1360 The French Franc was created.
1484 Pope Innocent VIII issued the Summis desiderantes, a papal bull that deputised Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger as inquisitors to root out alleged witchcraft in Germany and led to one of the most oppressive witch hunts in European history.
1859 John Jellicoe, British admiral, was born.
1872 Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player, was born.
1979 Clyde Cessna, American airplane manufacturer, was born.
1890 New Zealand’s first one-man-one-vote election took place.
1901 Walt Disney, American animated film producer, was born.
1932 Little Richard, American singer and pianist, was born.
1933 Prohibition in the United States ended when : Utah ratified the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, thus establishing the required 75% of states needed to enact the amendment (this overturned the 18th Amendment which had made the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol illegal in the United States).
1938 J. J. Cale, American songwriter, was born.
1963 Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards, English ski jumper, was born.
1983 Dissolution of the Military Junta in Argentina.
Sourced from NZ History Online & wikipedia.