What happened this day in history January 5

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

  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: Richmond, Virginia, is burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold.
  • 1909
    Colombia recognizes the independence of Panama.
  • 1944
    The Daily Mail becomes the first transoceanic newspaper.
  • 1971
    The first One Day International cricket match is held between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • 1976
    Ten Protestant civilians are shot dead by a paramilitary group at Kingsmill in County Armagh, Northern Ireland (part of The Troubles).
  • 1991
    Georgian forces enter Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, Georgia, opening the 1991–1992 South Ossetia War.
  • 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?

  • 1846
    Rudolf Christoph Eucken, German writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1926)
  • 1864
    Bob Caruthers, American baseball player (d. 1911)
  • 1906
    Kathleen Kenyon, English archaeologist (d. 1978)
  • 1919
    Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist (d. 1992)
  • 1942
    Terenci Moix, Spanish writer (d. 2003)
  • 1953
    Mike Rann, Australian politician
  • 1969
    Marilyn Manson, American singer
  • 1978
    Marcus Trick, German rugby player
  • 1982
    Darren Mackie, Scottish footballer
  • 1986
    J. P. Arencibia, American baseball player

Who died on January 5?

  • 842
    Al-Mu'tasim, Abbasid caliph (b. 794)
  • 1589
    Catherine de' Medici, queen of Henry II of France (b. 1519)
  • 1740
    Antonio Lotti, Italian composer (b. 1667)
  • 1946
    Kitty Cheatham, American singer (b. 1864)
  • 1951
    Andrei Platonov, Russian writer (b. 1899)
  • 1970
    Cyril Fagan, Irish astrologer (b. 1896)
  • 1976
    Mal Evans, Beatles’ “roadie” (b. 1935)
  • 1982
    Harvey Lembeck, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 1991
    Vasko Popa, Yugoslav poet (b. 1922)
  • 1998
    Sonny Bono, American entertainer and politician (b. 1935)

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