What are the important events that happened on January 5? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
January 5: Facts & Myths About This Day
January 5 is the 5th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 360 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 23, 2020 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,609,804,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.
Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentagon’ day.
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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 38 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.
The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,937 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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January 5 Historical Events
Battle of Colmar: the French army beats Brandenburg.
Kappa Alpha Psi, the world’s second oldest and largest black fraternity, is founded at Indiana University.
The Prague Party Conference takes place.
The Free Committee for a German Workers Peace, which would become the Nazi Party, is founded.
Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming becomes the first female governor in the United States.
Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.
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.
Georgian forces enter Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, Georgia, opening the 1991–1992 South Ossetia War.
Hamas bombmaker Yahya Ayyash is killed by an Israeli-planted booby-trapped cell phone.
Police arrest seven suspects in connection with Wood Green ricin plot.
Who were born on January 5?
William John Wills, English explorer (d. 1861)
Herbert Bayard Swope, American journalist (d. 1958)
Kathleen Kenyon, English archaeologist (d. 1978)
Hugh Brannum, American actor (d. 1987)
Arthur H. Robinson, Canadian cartographer (d. 2004)
Jan Leeming, English television presenter and newsreader
Ed Rendell, American politician and 45th Governor of Pennsylvania
Vinnie Jones, British footballer-turned-actor
Sabrina Harman, American military figure and accused torturer
Krisztián Németh, Hungarian footballer
Who died on January 5?
Jean Chardin, French explorer (b. 1643)
Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist (b. 1812)
Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Austrian field marshal (b. 1766)
Saint John Nepomucene Neumann, first American bishop to be canonized (b. 1811)
Victor Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow, Viceroy of India (b. 1887)
Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
Harold C. Urey, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1893)
Margaret Laurence, Canadian author (b. 1926)
Yahya Ayyash, Palestinian Hamas member (b. 1966)
Jean Kerr, American author (b. 1923)
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