On This Day

What Happened on January 5

Important Events

  • 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 German Workers' Party forms, precursor to the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi)
  • 1930 Mao Zedong writes "A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire"
  • 1949 US President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"
More Historical Events

January 5 in Film & TV

  • 1933 "Cavalcade" based on the play by Noël Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)

January 5 in Music

  • 1649 Francesco Cavalli's opera "Giasone" premieres in Venice (the most popular opera of the 17th century)

January 5 in Sport

  • 1993 Brian Lara scores his maiden test century, 277 runs West Indies v Australia at cricket at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Did You Know?

FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal

On January 5, 1940

Would You Believe?

First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket - 15 year-old Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade is 1009 not out

On January 5, 2016

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1967 Actor Lee Marvin (42) divorces Elizabeth Ebeling after 14 years of marriage
More Weddings & Divorces