1548 Sep 5, Catharine Parr (36), queen of England and last wife of Henry VIII, died.
1921 Sep 5, Actress Virginia Rappe died in suite rooms (1219-1221) rented by film comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle at the St. Francis Hotel in SF. Arbuckle was charged with her murder. In 1922 he was acquitted of a reduced charge of manslaughter, but his career was over. In 2004 Jerry Stahl authored the imaginary memoir “I, Fatty.” Evidence suggested that Rappe had died due to a botched abortion.
1995 Sep 5, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, addressing the UN-sponsored fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, declared it was “time to break the silence” about the abuse of women.
2003 Sep 5, Gisele MacKenzie (76), former TV star, died. She starred on “Your Hit Parade” from 1953-1957, after which she starred in NBC’s “The Gisele MacKenzie Show.”
2006 Sep 5, Burundi Vice-President Alice Nzomukunda resigned over corruption and human rights abuses that she says are hampering her nation’s progress.
2008 Sep 5, Quentin Bryce was sworn in as Australia’s governor general, the first woman to act as the British queen’s representative Down Under. Morris Iemma (47), the embattled premier of Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, was forced to resign after his party withdrew support for him over a dramatic reshuffle of his cabinet.
2008 Sep 5, The political party of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged Myanmar’s military government to ensure her well-being as she continued to refuse food deliveries to protest her detention.
2012 Sep 5, In the French Alps the bodies of 3 British vacationers and French cyclist, Sylvain Mollier (45), were found slain near the village of Chevaline. A 4-year-old girl was found alive among the bodies. Her sister (7) was beaten and shot but survived. Their BMW car was registered to Baghdad-born Saad al-Hilli (b.1962), who had lived in Britain since at least 2002. His family had been in France since August. A Swedish passport and Iraqi passport were also found at the scene. A family feud was suspected. On June 24, 2013, the brother of Saad al-Hilli was arrested after investigators gathered evidence that the siblings were fighting over their father’s inheritance.
2013 Sep 5, San Francisco parks employee Thomas Burnoski (58) ran over Christine Svanemyr (35) of Daly City as she was lying in the grass in Holly Park with her baby and dog. Svanemyr was killed. On Nov 1 Burnoski received notice of termination.
2014 Sep 5, Girl group singer Simone Battle (25) was found dead in her West Hollywood home. Her death was later ruled a suicide by hanging.