On This Day

On This Day in History for January 5 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1978 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 3rd time
  • 1981 Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver confesses that he is the "Yorkshire Ripper" and murdered 13 women
  • 1982 Arkansas judge rules against obligatory teaching of creation
  • 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, New Jersey
  • 1991 Edwin Jongejans of Netherlands wins 1-metre springboard diving title
  • 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 (first legal hanging in America since 1965)
  • 1995 Lockheed C-140 Jetstar crashes at Isfahan, Iran, killing 18
  • 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
  • 1998 Ice storm knocks out electricity in Quebec & Ontario
  • 1998 Vandals decapitate Copenhagen's Little Mermaid
  • 2001 A report reveals that doctor and former GP 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.
  • 2018 North Korea accepts South Korean invitation for high-level talks
  • 2018 Kitwe in Zambia bans shaking hands and the sale of fresh food in attempt to prevent a cholera outbreak
  • 2018 "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff is published by Henry Holt and Company
  • 2019 Orthodox Church of Ukraine granted independence from the Russian Orthodox Church by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
  • 2019 Chinese government report predicts China's population will peak at 1.44 billion in 2029 before declining
  • 2020 Iran pulls out of the 2015 nuclear deal, will not limit its uranium enrichment
  • 2020 Chinese professor Zhang Yongzhen publishes the first SARS-CoV-2 genome map online, allowing health professionals worldwide to identify COVID-19
  • 2021 Six Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, sign an agreement to ease the blockage with Qatar, in place since 2017
  • 2021 Daily new cases of COVID-19 top 60,000 in the UK as data reveals one in fifty in England had COVID-19 within the last week
  • 2021 In Georgia Senate run-off elections Raphael Warnock (D) defeats Kelly Loeffler (R) and Jon Ossoff (D) defeats David Perdue (R) to give Democrats control of the US Senate

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