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

  • 1675
    Battle of Colmar: the French army beats Brandenburg.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on January 5?

  • 1834
    William John Wills, English explorer (d. 1861)
  • 1882
    Herbert Bayard Swope, American journalist (d. 1958)
  • 1906
    Kathleen Kenyon, English archaeologist (d. 1978)
  • 1910
    Hugh Brannum, American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1915
    Arthur H. Robinson, Canadian cartographer (d. 2004)
  • 1942
    Jan Leeming, English television presenter and newsreader
  • 1944
    Ed Rendell, American politician and 45th Governor of Pennsylvania
  • 1965
    Vinnie Jones, British footballer-turned-actor
  • 1978
    Sabrina Harman, American military figure and accused torturer
  • 1989
    Krisztián Németh, Hungarian footballer

Who died on January 5?

  • 1713
    Jean Chardin, French explorer (b. 1643)
  • 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)
  • 1952
    Victor Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow, Viceroy of India (b. 1887)
  • 1971
    Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • 1981
    Harold C. Urey, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1893)
  • 1987
    Margaret Laurence, Canadian author (b. 1926)
  • 1996
    Yahya Ayyash, Palestinian Hamas member (b. 1966)
  • 2003
    Jean Kerr, American author (b. 1923)

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