December 5 is the 339th day (340th on leap years) of the year. There are 26 days remaining.
- 1782: Martin Van Buren, U.S. President
- 1839: General George Custer military leader
- 1890: Fritz Lang, film director
- 1901: Walt Disney, film producer
- 1945: Jose Carreras, singer
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