What happened on January 5? There are more than 306 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About January 5

January 5 In HistoryJanuary 5 is the 5th day of the year 2020. There are 361 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 1st week of the year 2020.

On this day in Griffin, Georgia 30223 sunrise occured at 07:41 AM and sunset occured at 05:43 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Capricorn. The modern birthstone for this month is Garnet while the mystical birthstone is Emerald.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 20 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 25, 2020).

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Historical Events For January 5

  • 1066
    Edward the Confessor dies childless, sparking a succession crisis that will eventually lead to the Norman conquest of England.
  • 1477
    Battle of Nancy: Charles the Bold is killed and Burgundy becomes part of France.
  • 1500
    Duke Ludovico Sforza conquers Milan.
  • 1527
    Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in Zurich, Switzerland, is executed by drowning.
  • 1554
    A great fire occurs in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
  • 1675
    Battle of Colmar: the French army beats Brandenburg.
  • 1757
    Louis XV of France survives an assassination attempt by Robert-François Damiens, the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, the traditional and gruesome form of capital punishment used for regicides.
  • 1759
    George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: Richmond, Virginia, is burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold.
  • 1782
    American Revolutionary War: French troops begin a siege of a British garrison on Brimstone Hill in Saint Kitts.
  • 1846
    The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.
  • 1854
    The San Francisco steamer sinks, killing 300 people.
  • 1895
    Dreyfus affair: French army officer Alfred Dreyfus is stripped of his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island.
  • 1896
    An Austrian newspaper reports that Wilhelm Röntgen has discovered a type of radiation later known as X-rays.
  • 1900
    Irish leader John Redmond calls for a revolt against British rule.
  • 1909
    Colombia recognizes the independence of Panama.
  • 1911
    Kappa Alpha Psi, the world’s second oldest and largest black fraternity, is founded at Indiana University.
  • 1912
    The Prague Party Conference takes place.
  • 1913
    First Balkan War: During the Naval Battle of Lemnos, Greek admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis forces the Turkish fleet to retreat to its base within the Dardanelles, from which it did not venture for the rest of the war.
  • 1914
    The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day’s labor.
  • 1918
    The Free Committee for a German Workers Peace, which would become the Nazi Party, is founded.
  • 1925
    Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming becomes the first female governor in the United States.
  • 1933
    Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.
  • 1940
    FM radio is demonstrated to the Federal Communications Commission for the first time.
  • 1944
    The Daily Mail becomes the first transoceanic newspaper.
  • 1945
    The Soviet Union recognizes the new pro-Soviet government of Poland.
  • 1957
    In a speech given to the United States Congress, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces the establishment of what will later be called the Eisenhower Doctrine.
  • 1968
    Alexander Dubček comes to power: “Prague Spring” begins in Czechoslovakia.
  • 1969
    Members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary damage property and assault occupants in the Bogside in Derry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. In response, residents erect barricades and establish Free Derry.
  • 1971
    The first One Day International cricket match is held between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • 1972
    U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the development of a Space Shuttle program.
  • 1974
    An earthquake in Lima, Peru, kills six people, and damages hundreds of houses.
  • 1974
    Warmest reliably measured temperature in Antarctica of +59°F (+15°C) recorded at Vanda Station
  • 1975
    The Tasman Bridge in Tasmania, Australia, is struck by the bulk ore carrier Lake Illawarra, killing twelve people.
  • 1976
    Ten Protestant civilians are shot dead by a paramilitary group at Kingsmill in County Armagh, Northern Ireland (part of The Troubles).
  • 1976
    The Khmer Rouge proclaim the Constitution of Democratic Kampuchea.
  • 1991
    Georgian forces enter Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, Georgia, opening the 1991–1992 South Ossetia War.
  • 1993
    The 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 last judicial hanging in America).
  • 1996
    Hamas bombmaker Yahya Ayyash is killed by an Israeli-planted booby-trapped cell phone.
  • 2003
    Police arrest seven suspects in connection with Wood Green ricin plot.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    Mikheil Saakashvili wins his second term as President of Georgia in the snap election.

Who Were Born On January 5?

  • 1209
    Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, King of the Romans (d. 1272)
  • 1548
    Francisco Suarez, Spanish theologian (d. 1617)
  • 1587
    Xu Xiake, Chinese geographer (d. 1641)
  • 1592
    Shah Jahan, Mughal Emperor of India (d. 1666)
  • 1614
    Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria (d. 1662)
  • 1667
    Antonio Lotti, Italian composer (d. 1740)
  • 1696
    Giuseppe Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/painter (d. 1757)
  • 1717
    William Wildman Shute Barrington, British statesman (d. 1793)
  • 1762
    Constanze Mozart, wife of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (d. 1842)
  • 1767
    Jean-Baptiste Say, French economist, originator of Say’s Law (d. 1832)
  • 1778
    Zebulon Pike, American explorer (d. 1813)
  • 1779
    Stephen Decatur, American naval officer (d. 1820)
  • 1808
    Anton Füster, Austrian priest and revolutionary activist (d. 1881)
  • 1829
    Sir Roger Ichborne, British heir (d. c. 1854)
  • 1834
    William John Wills, English explorer (d. 1861)
  • 1838
    Camille Jordan, French mathematician (d. 1922)
  • 1846
    Rudolf Christoph Eucken, German writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1926)
  • 1855
    King Camp Gillette, American inventor (d. 1932)
  • 1864
    Ban Johnson, American baseball executive (d. 1931)
  • 1864
    Bob Caruthers, American baseball player (d. 1911)
  • 1865
    Julio Garavito Armero, Colombian astronomer (d. 1920)
  • 1866
    Dimitrios Gounaris, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1922)
  • 1871
    Frederick Converse, American composer (d. 1940)
  • 1874
    Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1965)
  • 1876
    Konrad Adenauer, German statesman (d. 1967)
  • 1879
    Hans Eppinger, Austrian physician (d. 1946)
  • 1880
    Nikolay Medtner, Russian composer (d. 1951)
  • 1882
    Herbert Bayard Swope, American journalist (d. 1958)
  • 1885
    Humbert Wolfe, Italian-born British poet (d. 1940)
  • 1886
    Markus Reiner, Israeli scientist (d. 1976)
  • 1893
    Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (d. 1952)
  • 1893
    Zoltán Böszörmény, Hungarian Nazi politician (d. unknown)
  • 1895
    Elizabeth Cotten, American musician (d. 1987)
  • 1895
    Jeannette Piccard, American priest, and aeronaut (d. 1981)
  • 1900
    Yves Tanguy, French painter (d. 1955)
  • 1902
    Stella Gibbons, English novelist (d. 1989)
  • 1903
    Harold Gatty, Australian aviator (d. 1957)
  • 1904
    Erica Morini, Austrian violinist (d. 1995)
  • 1904
    Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (d. 1997)
  • 1906
    Kathleen Kenyon, English archaeologist (d. 1978)
  • 1908
    George Dolenz, American actor (d. 1963)
  • 1909
    Lucienne Bloch, Swiss-born American sculptor, muralist, photographer (d. 1995)
  • 1909
    Stephen Cole Kleene, American mathematician (d. 1994)
  • 1910
    Hugh Brannum, American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1910
    Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (d. 1949)
  • 1911
    Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (d. 2001)
  • 1914
    George Reeves, American actor (d. 1959)
  • 1914
    Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter (d. 1955)
  • 1915
    Arthur H. Robinson, Canadian cartographer (d. 2004)
  • 1917
    Francis L. Kellogg, American diplomat and socialite (d. 2006)
  • 1917
    Jane Wyman, American actress (d. 2007)
  • 1917
    Lucienne Day, British textile designer (d. 2010)
  • 1917
    Wieland Wagner, German stage director (d. 1966)
  • 1919
    Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist (d. 1992)
  • 1920
    Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Italian pianist (d. 1995)
  • 1921
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss writer (d. 1990)
  • 1921
    Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • 1921
    Paul Governali, American professional football player (d. 1978)
  • 1922
    Sir Anthony Synnot, Australian naval officer (d. 2001)
  • 1923
    Sam Phillips, American music producer (d. 2003)
  • 1924
    Gilbert Bogle, Australian scientist (d. 1963)
  • 1926
    Hosea Williams, American activist (d. 2000)
  • 1926
    William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet
  • 1928
    Walter Mondale, American politician, former United States Senator from Minnesota and 42nd Vice President of the United States
  • 1928
    Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani statesman (d. 1979)
  • 1929
    Wilbert Harrison, American singer (d. 1994)
  • 1930
    Alfred Masini, American television producer (d. 2010)
  • 1931
    Alfred Brendel, Austrian pianist
  • 1931
    Alvin Ailey, American choreographer (d. 1989)
  • 1931
    Joan Coxsedge, Australian politician
  • 1931
    Robert Duvall, American actor
  • 1932
    Chuck Noll, American football coach
  • 1932
    Raisa Gorbachova, wife of Mikhail Gorbachev (d. 1999)
  • 1932
    Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and writer
  • 1934
    William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver (d. 1971)
  • 1936
    Florence King, American humorist
  • 1938
    Jim Otto, American football player
  • 1938
    King Juan Carlos I of Spain
  • 1938
    Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Kenyan writer
  • 1940
    Athol Guy, Australian singer (The Seekers)
  • 1940
    Michael O'Donoghue, American writer (d. 1994)
  • 1940
    Sir Michael Rose, British military officer
  • 1940
    Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician
  • 1941
    Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese film maker
  • 1941
    Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Indian cricketer (d. 2011)
  • 1942
    Charlie Rose, American talk show host
  • 1942
    Jan Leeming, English television presenter and newsreader
  • 1942
    Maurizio Pollini, Italian pianist
  • 1942
    Terenci Moix, Spanish writer (d. 2003)
  • 1943
    Mary Gaudron, Australian jurist
  • 1944
    Ed Rendell, American politician and 45th Governor of Pennsylvania
  • 1945
    Chuck McKinley, American tennis player (d. 1986)
  • 1945
    Roger Spottiswoode, Canadian-born film director
  • 1946
    Diane Keaton, American actress
  • 1947
    Mercury Morris, American football player
  • 1947
    Mike Dewine, American politician
  • 1948
    Ted Lange, American actor
  • 1949
    George Brown, American drummer (Kool & The Gang)
  • 1950
    Charlie Richmond, Canadian entrepreneur
  • 1950
    Chris Stein, American guitarist (Blondie)
  • 1950
    Ioan Petru Culianu, Romanian educator (d. 1991)
  • 1950
    John Manley, Canadian politician
  • 1950
    Krzysztof Wielicki, Polish mountaineer
  • 1951
    Steve Arnold, English footballer
  • 1952
    Uli Hoeneß, German footballer/manager
  • 1953
    George Tenet, American civil servant, university professor and 18th Director of Central Intelligence
  • 1953
    Mike Rann, Australian politician
  • 1953
    Pamela Sue Martin, American actress
  • 1953
    Steve Archer, American singer (The Archers)
  • 1954
    Alex English, American basketball player
  • 1954
    László Krasznahorkai, Hungarian writer
  • 1956
    Chen Kenichi, Japanese-born chef
  • 1956
    Tim Macartney-Snape, Australian mountaineer
  • 1957
    Kevin Hastings, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1958
    Nancy Delahunt, Canadian athlete
  • 1958
    Ron Kittle, American baseball player
  • 1959
    Clancy Brown, American actor
  • 1960
    Glenn Strömberg, Swedish footballer
  • 1960
    Phil Thornalley, English bass guitarist (The Cure)
  • 1960
    Steve Jones, British aviator (Red Bull Air Race World Series)
  • 1961
    Iris DeMent, American songwriter and singer
  • 1962
    Danny Jackson, American baseball player
  • 1962
    Perry Fenwick, English actor
  • 1962
    Suzy Amis, American actress and model
  • 1963
    Jeff Fassero, American baseball player
  • 1964
    Grant Young (musician), American drummer (Soul Asylum)
  • 1965
    Vinnie Jones, British footballer-turned-actor
  • 1966
    Kate Schellenbach, American drummer (Luscious Jackson)
  • 1966
    Steve Tuttle, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1967
    Joe Flanigan, American actor
  • 1968
    Andrew Golota, Polish boxer
  • 1968
    Carrie Ann Inaba, American dancer and choreographer
  • 1968
    DJ Bobo, Swiss singer
  • 1968
    Joé Juneau, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1968
    Ricky Paull Goldin, American actor
  • 1969
    Marilyn Manson, American singer
  • 1969
    Paul McGillion, Scottish actor
  • 1970
    Rick Campanelli, Canadian TV presenter
  • 1971
    Jayne Middlemiss, British TV presenter and celebrity chef
  • 1971
    Mayuko Takata, Japanese actress
  • 1972
    Sakis Rouvas, Greek singer
  • 1973
    Phil Joel, New Zealand bassist (Newsboys)
  • 1974
    Sarah Jane Honeywell, British television presenter
  • 1975
    Bradley Cooper, American actor
  • 1975
    Kylie Bax, New Zealand model
  • 1975
    Mike Grier, American ice hockey player
  • 1975
    Warrick Dunn, American football player
  • 1976
    Diego Tristán, Spanish footballer
  • 1976
    Matt Wachter, American bassist (30 Seconds to Mars)
  • 1978
    Franck Montagny, French Formula One driver
  • 1978
    January Jones, American actress
  • 1978
    Marcus Trick, German rugby player
  • 1978
    Sabrina Harman, American military figure and accused torturer
  • 1979
    Kyle Calder, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979
    Masami Tanaka, Japanese swimmer
  • 1979
    Ronnie O'Brien, Irish footballer
  • 1980
    Bennie Joppru, American football player
  • 1981
    Brooklyn Sudano, American actress
  • 1981
    Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1981
    Joel Thomas Zimmerman, Canadian musician
  • 1982
    Benoît Vaugrenard, French cyclist
  • 1982
    Darren Mackie, Scottish footballer
  • 1982
    Janica Kostelić, Croatian skier
  • 1982
    Norichika Aoki, Japanese baseball player
  • 1983
    Sean Dockery, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Amanda Hearst, American heiress and model
  • 1985
    Diego Vera, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1985
    Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor (d. 2001)
  • 1985
    Yoon So-Yi, South Korean actress
  • 1986
    Deepika Padukone, Indian model and actress
  • 1986
    J. P. Arencibia, American baseball player
  • 1986
    Teppei Koike, Japanese actor and singer
  • 1987
    Kristin Cavallari, American actress
  • 1988
    Pauline, French singer
  • 1989
    Krisztián Németh, Hungarian footballer
  • 1991
    Daniel Pacheco, Spanish footballer
  • 1991
    Denis Alibec, Romanian footballer
  • 1996
    Max Baldry, English actor
  • 1999
    Marc Yu, American musician

Who Died On January 5?

  • 842
    Al-Mu'tasim, Abbasid caliph (b. 794)
  • 1066
    Edward the Confessor, King of England (b. 1004)
  • 1387
    King Peter IV of Aragon (b. 1319)
  • 1400
    John Montacute, 3rd Earl of Salisbury, English politician (b. c. 1350)
  • 1448
    Christopher of Bavaria (b. 1416)
  • 1465
    Charles, Duke of Orléans, French poet (b. 1394)
  • 1477
    Charles, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1433)
  • 1524
    Marko Marulić, Croatian poet (b. 1450)
  • 1527
    Felix Manz, Swiss leader (executed) (b. 1498)
  • 1588
    Qi Jiguang, Chinese general (b. 1528)
  • 1589
    Catherine de' Medici, queen of Henry II of France (b. 1519)
  • 1713
    Jean Chardin, French explorer (b. 1643)
  • 1740
    Antonio Lotti, Italian composer (b. 1667)
  • 1762
    Empress Elizabeth of Russia (b. 1709)
  • 1771
    John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British statesman (b. 1710)
  • 1796
    Samuel Huntington,(statesman) (b. 1731)
  • 1823
    Major George Johnston, Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales (b. 1764)
  • 1846
    Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist (b. 1812)
  • 1858
    Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Austrian field marshal (b. 1766)
  • 1860
    Saint John Nepomucene Neumann, first American bishop to be canonized (b. 1811)
  • 1883
    Charles Tompson, first Australian published poet (b. 1806)
  • 1888
    Henri Herz, Austrian pianist (b. 1803)
  • 1891
    Emma Abbott, American soprano (b. 1849)
  • 1904
    Karl Alfred von Zittel, German palaeontologist (b. 1839)
  • 1910
    Léon Walras, French economist (b. 1834)
  • 1919
    Sumako Matsui, Japanese actress and singer (b. 1886)
  • 1922
    Sir Ernest Shackleton, Irish explorer (b. 1874)
  • 1933
    Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States (b. 1872)
  • 1937
    Marie Booth, child of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1864)
  • 1939
    Amelia Earhart, American aviator declared dead after disappearance in 1937 (b. 1897)
  • 1940
    Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (b. 1885)
  • 1941
    Amy Johnson, English aviator (b. 1903)
  • 1942
    Tina Modotti, Italian photographer, model, actress, and revolutionary political activist (b. 1896)
  • 1943
    George Washington Carver, American educator (b. 1864)
  • 1946
    Kitty Cheatham, American singer (b. 1864)
  • 1951
    Andrei Platonov, Russian writer (b. 1899)
  • 1952
    Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (b. 1869)
  • 1952
    Victor Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow, Viceroy of India (b. 1887)
  • 1954
    Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (b. 1891)
  • 1956
    Mistinguett, French singer (b. 1875)
  • 1963
    Rogers Hornsby, American baseball player (b. 1896)
  • 1970
    Cyril Fagan, Irish astrologer (b. 1896)
  • 1970
    Max Born, German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • 1970
    Roberto Gerhard, Catalan composer (b. 1896)
  • 1971
    Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • 1974
    Lev Oborin, Russian pianist (b. 1907)
  • 1976
    John A. Costello, Taoiseach of Ireland (b. 1891)
  • 1976
    Mal Evans, Beatles’ “roadie” (b. 1935)
  • 1978
    Wyatt Cooper, American screenwriter (b. 1927)
  • 1979
    Charles Mingus, American musician (b. 1922)
  • 1981
    Harold C. Urey, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1893)
  • 1981
    Lanza del Vasto, Italian philosopher (b. 1901)
  • 1982
    Hans Conried, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 1982
    Harvey Lembeck, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 1982
    Sir Edmund Herring, Australian military commander, Lieutenant Governor of Victoria (b. 1892)
  • 1985
    Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906)
  • 1987
    Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier (b. 1875)
  • 1987
    Margaret Laurence, Canadian author (b. 1926)
  • 1988
    Pete Maravich, American basketball player (b. 1947)
  • 1990
    Arthur Kennedy, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 1991
    Vasko Popa, Yugoslav poet (b. 1922)
  • 1994
    Brian Johnston, English cricket commentator (b. 1912)
  • 1994
    Tip O'Neill, American politician (b. 1912)
  • 1996
    Lincoln Kirstein, American writer, impresario, art connoisseur (b. 1907)
  • 1996
    Yahya Ayyash, Palestinian Hamas member (b. 1966)
  • 1997
    André Franquin, Belgian cartoonist (Gaston Lagaffe) (b. 1924)
  • 1997
    Burton Lane, American composer and lyricist (b. 1912)
  • 1998
    Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • 1998
    Sonny Bono, American entertainer and politician (b. 1935)
  • 2001
    Nancy Parsons, American actress (b. 1942)
  • 2003
    Doreen Carwithen, British composer, widow of William Alwyn (b. 1922)
  • 2003
    Jean Kerr, American author (b. 1923)
  • 2003
    Massimo Girotti, Italian film actor (b. 1918)
  • 2003
    Roy Jenkins, British politician (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Norman Heatley, member of the team of Oxford University scientists who developed penicillin (b. 1911)
  • 2004
    Tug McGraw, American baseball player, father of Tim McGraw (b. 1944)
  • 2005
    Danny Sugerman, American music manager (The Doors) (b. 1954)
  • 2006
    Lord Merlyn-Rees, British politician (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet (b. 1923)
  • 2007
    Momofuku Ando, inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles (b. 1910)
  • 2008
    Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
  • 2009
    Griffin Bell, American lawyer (b. 1918)
  • 2009
    Ned Tanen, American movie executive (b. 1931)
  • 2010
    Murray Saltzman, Reform Jewish rabbi and civil rights leader (b. 1929)

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