- 1477 Battle of Nancy, Burgundy vs Switzerland, 7,000 + killed including their leader Charles Duke of Burgundy
- 1781 British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia
- 1919 National Socialist Party (Nazi) forms as German Farmers' Party
- 1930 Mao Zedong writes "A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire"
- 1949 US President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"
FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
On January 5, 1940