Historical Events on January 5

  • 1349 Margaretha of Bavaria names her son Willem V Earl of Holland/Zealand
  • 1438 Pope Eugenius IV deallocated council of Basel to Ferrara
  • 1463 French poet Francois Villon banished from Paris
  • 1477 Battle of Nancy, Burgundy vs Switzerland, 7,000 + killed including their leader Charles Duke of Burgundy

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1500 Duke Ludovico Sforza's troops reconquer Milan

Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza
Duke of Milan
Ludovico Sforza
  • 1527 Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in Zürich, is executed by drowning. (b. 1498)
  • 1554 Great fire in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1593 William Louis of Nassau becomes governor/viceroy of Drenthe
  • 1638 Petition in Recife Brazil leads to closing of their 2 synagogues
  • 1649 Francesco Cavalli's opera "Giasone" premieres in Venice
  • 1675 Battle at Turkheim (Colmar): French army beats Brandenburg
  • 1709 Sudden extreme cold kills thousands of Europeans
  • 1717 Prussian King Frederik Willem I buys conscript for nobles
  • 1719 Britain, Hannover, Saxony-Poland and Austria sign anti-Prussian/Russian pact
  • 1757 Failed assassination attempt on French King Louis XV by Damiens
  • 1776 Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution

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1781 British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold
  • 1800 1st Swedenborgian temple in US holds 1st service, Baltimore
  • 1804 Ohio legislature passes 1st laws restricting free blacks movement
  • 1809 Treaty of Dardanelles concluded between Britain & France
  • 1822 Central America proclaims annexation to Mexican Empire
  • 1828 1st edition of Amsterdam General Trade Journal (Algemeen Handelsblad)
  • 1834 Kiowa Indians record this as the night the stars fell

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1836 Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the Alamo

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett
  • 1840 Records show 95,820 licensed public houses in England on this date
  • 1841 James Clark Ross (UK) is 1st to enter pack ice near Ross Ice Shelf
  • 1846 The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.
  • 1850 California Exchange opens
  • 1854 Steamship San Francisco wrecked-300 die
  • 1859 1st steamboat sails, Red River
  • 1861 250 Federal troops are sent from New York to Ft Sumter
  • 1861 Alabama troops seize Forts Morgan & Gaines at Mobile Bay
  • 1875 Charles Garnier's new Opera opens in Paris
  • 1875 President Grant sends federal troops to Vicksburg, Miss
  • 1887 1st US school of librarianship opens at Columbia University
  • 1888 Dutch Heidemaatschappij (land reclamation) established
  • 1892 1st successful auroral photograph made
  • 1895 Henry James' play "Guy Domville" opens in London
  • 1895 Victor Trumper makes first-class debut for NSW 17 yrs 64 days
  • 1895 French Capt Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, publicly stripped of his rank; later exonerated
  • 1896 Isaac Albeniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez" premieres in Barcelona

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1896 "Die Presse" newspaper (Germany) publicly announces Wilhelm Röntgen's discovery of X-rays and their potential for new methods of medical diagnoses in a front-page article

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Röntgen
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Wilhelm Röntgen
  • 1899 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure-Charles Augustus Milverton (BG)
  • 1900 Irish leader John Edward Redmond calls for a revolt against British rule.
  • 1903 SF-Hawaii telegraph cable opens for public use
  • 1904 -34°F (-36.7°C), River Vale, New Jersey (state record)
  • 1904 -42°F (-41.1°C), Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record)
  • 1904 England beat Australia at the MCG, Rhodes 7-56 & 8-68
  • 1905 Charles Perrine announces discovery of Jupiter's 7th satellite, Elara
  • 1905 National Association of Audubon Society, a non-profit, environmental organization dedicated to conservation, incorporates
  • 1909 Colombia recognizes Panama's independence
  • 1911 Portuguese expel Jesuits
  • 1911 San Francisco has its first air meet
  • 1912 1st National Hockey Association game (Victoria)
  • 1912 The Prague Party Conference takes place.
  • 1914 Ford Motor Co wages jump from $2.40/9-hr day to $5.00/8-hr day
  • 1916 Austria-Hungary offensive against Montenegro
  • 1918 British premier Lloyd George demand for unified peace
  • 1919 National Socialist Party (Nazi) forms as German Farmers' Party
  • 1919 Left-wing Spartacus organization instigates a revolt in Berlin; terrified by the spread of Bolshevism, German troops brutally suppress the uprising
  • 1925 James Gleason & Richard Tabers "Is zat so?" premieres in NYC
  • 1925 Nellie Taylor Ross became governor of Wyoming, 1st woman governor in USA
  • 1925 Under Polish control, Danzig establishes Port Gdansk post office
  • 1925 French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw, Charlie Comiskey, & Hugh Jennings
  • 1927 Fox Studios exhibits Movietone
  • 1927 Judge Landis begins 3-day public hearing on charges that 4 games played between Chicago & Detroit in 1917 had been thrown to White Sox
  • 1929 Coup by King Alexander in South Slavia

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1930 Mao Zedong writes "A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire"

Chinese Communist Revolutionary Mao Zedong
Chinese Communist Revolutionary
Mao Zedong

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1930 Bonnie Parker meets Clyde Barrow for the first time at Clarence Clay's house

American Outlaw Bonnie Parker
American Outlaw
Bonnie Parker
Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • 1931 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League
  • 1933 Work on Golden Gate Bridge begins, on Marin County side
  • 1933 "Cavalcade" based on the play by Noel Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)
  • 1934 Fenway Park catches fire for 2nd time (May 8th 1926 also)
  • 1934 National & American baseball leagues select a uniform ball

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1937 Fingleton & Bradman make record stand of 346 for 6th wkt

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1937 Only unicameral state legislature in US opens 1st session in Nebraska
  • 1940 FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
  • 1940 Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
  • 1941 British/Australian troops conquer Bardia, Libya
  • 1942 55 German tanks reach North-Africa
  • 1943 Teams agrees to start season later due to WW II
  • 1943 William H Hastie, civilian aide to secretary of war, resigns to protest segregation in armed forces
  • 1944 The Daily Mail becomes the first transoceanic newspaper.
  • 1945 Pepe LePew debuts in Warner Bros cartoon "Odor-able Kitty"
  • 1945 Surprise attack on Liese-Aktion-office on Marnix St, Amsterdam
  • 1946 "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances
  • 1949 General Spoor orders cease-fire on Sumatra

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1949 US President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1950 Carson McCuller's "Member of the Wedding" premieres in NYC
  • 1951 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Ponte Vedra Beach Women's Golf Open
  • 1952 Flying Enterprise sinks

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1952 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes an official visit to the US

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1953 -6] Passenger ships Willem Ruys & Orange collide in the Red Sea

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1953 Samuel Beckett's "En Attendant Godot" premieres in Paris

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1955 KMSP TV channel 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (IND) 1st broadcast

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1957 Dodgers' Jackie Robinson announces his retirement rather than be traded to the NY Giants

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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1957 US President Eisenhower asks Congress to send troops to the Mid East

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1959 "Bozo the Clown" live children's show premieres on TV

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1959 Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"; he was killed in a plane crash 29 days later

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • 1960 Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from NY Senator Kenneth Keating

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1962 Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 1963 "Camelot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 873 performances
  • 1963 "Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • 1963 San Diego beats Boston 51-10 in AFL championship game
  • 1964 Pope Paul VI visits Jordan & Israel
  • 1964 San Diego Chargers win AFL-championship
  • 1967 KLXA (now KTBN) TV channel 40 in Fontana-San Ana, CA (IND) begins

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1968 Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock
  • 1968 Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia
  • 1969 "Maggie Flynn" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 82 performances
  • 1969 Bollingen prize for poetry presented to John Berryman & Karl Shapiro
  • 1969 Neville Williams' "Chronology of the Expanding World" completed
  • 1969 USSR Venera 5 launched for 1st successful planet landing (Venus)
  • 1970 23,000 Belgian mine workers strike
  • 1970 KPTS TV channel 8 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 Soap Opera "All My Children" premieres on ABC
  • 1971 1st one-day international, Australia v England at the MCG
  • 1971 Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak
  • 1971 Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.
  • 1972 Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Lakers-11,178)
  • 1972 NYC transit fare rises from 30 cents to 35 cents
  • 1972 US President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on a manned space shuttle
  • 1972 West-Pakistani sheik Mujib ur-Rahman freed
  • 1973 Mali & Niger break diplomatic relations with Israel
  • 1973 Netherlands recognizes German DR
  • 1974 Raul Julia appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Oh, Brother"
  • 1974 An earthquake in Lima, Peru, kills six people, and damages hundreds of houses.
  • 1975 Charlie Smalls' "Wiz" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1672 performances
  • 1975 Salyut 4 with crew of 2 is launched for 30 days
  • 1975 14 die when British freighter "Lake Illawarra" rams pylon bridge between Derwent & Hobart, Tasmania & ship sinks
  • 1976 "MacNeil-Lehrer Report" premieres on PBS
  • 1976 Cambodia is renamed "Democratic Kampuchea"
  • 1976 Greg Chappell scores 182* at SCG against West Indies
  • 1976 In retaliation for the Reavey and O'Dowd killings, the South Armagh Republican Action Force shoot dead 10 Protestant civilians after stopping their minibus in County Armagh
  • 1978 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 3rd time
  • 1978 Start of the Sex Pistols final tour in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981 "Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 mins to 30 mins
  • 1981 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women
  • 1982 Arkansas judge rules against obligatory teaching of creation

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1982 Darryl Sittler, on advice from his doctor, leaves the Toronto Maple Leafs because of mental depression

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • 1984 Adrian Dantley (Utah), ties NBA record of 28 free throws
  • 1984 Greg Chappell scores 182* in his last Test innings

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1985 Bryan Trottier failed on 9th Islander penalty shot

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1985 Discovery moves to launch pad for STS 51-C mission
  • 1985 Thousands of Jewish refugees are airlifted from Sudan to Israel
  • 1987 Surrogate Baby M case begins in Hackensack, NJ
  • 1989 2 French TV newsmen arrested for trying to plant fake bombs on 3 airlines at JFK airport in security test
  • 1989 Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990
  • 1990 J Donald Crump appointed 8th Commissioner of CFL
  • 1991 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • 1991 Edwin Jongejans of Netherlands wins 1-metre springboard diving title
  • 1991 Kevin Bradshaw of US Intl scores NCAA Div 1 record 72 pts
  • 1992 "6 Degrees of Separation" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 496 perf
  • 1992 "Crucible" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • 1992 "On Borrowed Time" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 99 performances
  • 1992 "Peter Pan" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 1992 Ravi Shastri scores 206 at SCG before being Warne's 1st crick Test wkt
  • 1993 Brian Lara completes 277 v Australia at cricket SCG
  • 1993 Price is Right model Janice Pennington sues CBS for show accident

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1993 Reggie Jackson elected to Hall of Fame

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1993 Oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil.
  • 1993 Washington state executes Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (the first legal hanging in America since 1965).
  • 1994 Aleksandr Popov swims world record 100m free style (47.82)
  • 1994 Yat Weiju swims world record 100m butterfly stroke (58.71)
  • 1994 Zhong Weiju swims world record 25m pool record (58.71)
  • 1994 26th NAACP Image Awards: "Sister Act" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 1995 Lockheed C-140 Jetstar crashes at Isfahan, Iran, killing 18

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1996 Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula announces his retirement

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • 1996 Muralitharan no-balled for throwing in ODI v WI at the Gabba
  • 1996 Hamas operative Yahya Ayyash is killed by an Israeli-planted booby-trapped cell phone.
  • 1997 "Juan Darien-Carnival Mass" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC
  • 1997 "Love Thy Neighbor" closes at Booth Theater NYC
  • 1997 "Show Boat" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • 1998 Ice storm knocks out electricity in Quebec & Ontario
  • 1998 Vandals decapitate Copenhagen's Little Mermaid
  • 2001 A report reveals that former General Practioner Harold Shipman has potentially killed hundreds of patients
  • 2005 Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, is discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.

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2007 Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 2009 38th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Texas beats #10 Ohio State, 24-21

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2010 Mike Shanahan is formally introduced as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • 2010 76th Orange Bowl: #10 Iowa beats #9 Georgia Tech, 24-14
  • 2016 First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket - 15 year-old Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade is 1009 not out