January 5 Events in History - January 5 Birthdays - January 5 Deaths
2015 The tomb of an Egyptian queen, Khentakawess III, is discovered by a team of Czech archaeologists; the queen lived during the Fifth Dynasty and was likely the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre
2014 The cryogenic engine built India's Space Research Organisation engineers powers the launch of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5), which successfully placed a 1,982-kg GSAT-14 communications satellite into orbit in 17 minutes
2014 A day before the U.S. Senate will vote on extending emergency unemployment benefits, Gene Sperling, Director of the White House National Economic Council publicly promoted the case for extending benefits
2013 Bush fires burn out of control in Tasmania, Australia, leaving thousands stranded
2013 Venezuela's government announces that President Hugo Chavez is suffering from 'respiratory deficiency', a condition he developed after having a severe lung infection
2012 U.S. President Barack Obama announces plans to dramatically cut defense spending
2012 The U.K. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague, begins a two day tour of Myanmar
2011 The 112th United States Congress convened; Republican Representative John Boehner of Ohio assumes his new position as Speaker of the House
2011 According to Clarence House, Prince William and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, will be married by the Archbishop of Canterbury
2010 The World Food Programme announces it will suspend operations in Somalia due to increased instability in the region
1998 Ice storm knocks out electricity in Quebec and Ontario
1998 Vandals decapitate Copenhagen's Little Mermaid
1997 "Juan Darien-Carnival Mass" closes at Vivian Beaumont New York City
1997 "Love Thy Neighbor," closes at Booth Theater New York City
1997 "Show Boat," closes at Gershwin Theater New York City
1996 Miami Dolphin coach Don Shula announces his retirement
1996 Muralitharan no-balled for throwing in ODI vs. WI at the Gabba
1995 AFC beats NFC 41-13 in the pro bowl
1995 Lockheed C-140 Jetstar crashes at Isfahan Persia, 18 killed
1994 Aleksandr Popov swims world record 100m free style (47.82)
1994 Yat Weiju swims world record 100m butterfly stroke (58.71)
1994 Zhong Weiju swims world record 25m pool record (58.71)
1993 Brian Lara completes 277 vs. Australia at cricket SCG
1993 Price is Right model Janice Pennington sues CBS for show accident
1993 Reggie Jackson elected to Hall of Fame
1992 "6 Degrees of Separation" closes at Vivian Beaumont New York City after 496 perf
1992 "Crucible" closes at Belasco Theater New York City after 32 performances
1992 "On Borrowed Time" closes at Circle in Sq Theater New York City after 99 performances
1992 "Peter Pan" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 48 performances
1992 Ravi Shastri scores 206 at SCG before being Warne's 1st crick Test wkt
1991 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater New York City after 77 performances
1991 Edwin Jongejans of Netherlands wins 1-meter springboard diving title
1991 Kevin Bradshaw of U.S. International scores NCAA Div 1 record 72 pts
1990 J Donald Crump appointed 8th Commissioner of CFL
1989 2 French TV newsmen arrested for trying to plant fake bombs on 3 airlines at JFK airport in security test
1989 Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990
1987 Surrogate Baby M case begins in Hackensack, New Jersey
1985 Bryan Trottier failed on 9th Islander penalty shot
1985 Discovery moves to launch pad for STS-51-C mission
1984 Adrian Dantly (Utah), ties NBA record of 28 free throws
1984 Greg Chappell scores 182* in his last Test innings
1982 Arkansas judge rules against obligatory teaching of creation
1981 "Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 minutes to 30 minutes
1981 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women
1977 Kenya president Jomo Kenyatta disbands parliament
1976 MacNeil-Lehrer Report premieres on PBS
1976 Cambodia is renamed "Democratic Kampuchea"
1976 Greg Chappell scores 182* at SCG against West Indies
1975 "Wiz" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 1672 performances
1975 Charlie Smalls' "Wiz," premieres in New York City
1975 Salyut 4 with crew of 2 is launched for 30 days
1975 14 die when British freighter "Lake Illawarra" rams pylon bridge between Derwent and Hobart, Tasmania and ship sinks
1974 Raul Julia appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Oh, Brother"
1973 Mali and Niger break diplomatic relations with Israel
1973 Netherlands recognizes East Germany
1972 Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Lakers-11,178)
1972 NASA announces development of space shuttle
1972 New York City transit fare rises from 30 cents to 35 cents
1972 President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on manned shuttle
1972 West-Pakistani sheik Mujib ur-Rahman freed
1971 1st one-day international, Australia vs. England at the MCG
1971 Globetrotters lose 100-99 to New Jersey Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak
1971 U.S. heavyweight "Sonny" Liston's (36) corpse found
1970 23,000 Belgian mine workers strike
1970 KPTS TV channel 8 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (PBS) begins broadcasting
1970 Soap Opera "All My Children," premieres on ABC
1969 "Maggie Flynn" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 82 performances
1969 Bollingen prize for poetry presented to John Berryman and Karl Shapiro
1969 Neville Williams' "Chronology of the Expanding World" completed
1969 U.S.S.R. Venera 5 launched for 1st successful planet landing (Venus)
1968 Dr. Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law
1968 Dubcek succeeds President Novotny as party leader of Czechoslovakia
1967 KLXA (now KTBN) TV channel 40 in Fontana-San Ana, California (IND) begins
1964 Pope Paul VI visits Jordan and Israel
1964 San Diego Chargers win AFL-championship
1963 "Camelot" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 873 performances
1963 "Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 719 performances
1963 San Diego beats Boston 51-10 in AFL championship game
1962 Tony Sheridan and Beatles produce "My Bonnie" and "The Saints"
1961 U.S. breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
1960 Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from New York Senator Kenneth Keating
1959 "Bozo the Clown" live children's show premieres on TV
1959 Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"
1957 Dodgers' Jackie Robinson retires rather than be traded to New York Giants
1957 Eisenhower asks Congress to send troops to the Mid East
1956 Elvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel"
1955 KMSP TV channel 9 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (IND) 1st broadcast
1953 Passenger ships Willem Ruys and Orange collide in the Red Sea
1953 Samuel Beckett's "En Attendant Godot," premieres in Paris
1952 Flying Enterprise sinks
1951 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Ponte Vedra Beach Women's Golf Open
1950 Carson McCuller's "Member of the Wedding," premieres in New York City
1949 General Spoor orders cease-fire on Sumatra
1949 President Harry S Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"
1946 "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 417 performances
1945 Pepe LePew debuts in Warner Bros cartoon "Odor-able Kitty"
1945 Surprise attack on Liese-Aktion-office on Marnix St, Amsterdam
1943 Teams agrees to start season later due to WW II
1943 William H. Hastie, civilian aide to secretary of war, resigns to protest segregation in armed forces
1942 55 German tanks reach North-Africa
1941 British/Australian troops conquer Bardia Lybia
1940 FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
1940 Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
1937 Fingleton and Bradman make record stand of 346 for 6th wkt
1937 Only unicameral state legislature in U.S. opens 1st session (Nebr)
1934 Fenway Park catches fire for 2nd time (May 8th 1926 also)
1934 National and American baseball leagues select a uniform ball
1933 Work on Golden Gate Bridge begins, on Marin County side
1931 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League
1930 Mao Tse-tung writes "A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire"
1929 Coup by King Alexander in South Slavia
1927 Fox Studios exhibits Movietone
1927 Judge Landis begins 3-day public hearing on charges that 4 games played between Chicago and Detroit in 1917 had been thrown to White Sox
1926 James Cox of Ford Motors announces 8 hour day and $5 daily minimum wage
1925 James Gleason and Richard Tabers "Is zat so?," premieres in New York City
1925 Nellie Taylor Ross became governor of Wyoming, 1st woman Governor in USA
1925 Under Polish control, Danzig establishes Port Gdansk post office
1925 French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw, Charlie Comiskey, and Hugh Jennings
1920 Boston Red Sox sell Babe Ruth to New York Yankees
1920 New York Yankees announce purchase of Babe Ruth
1919 National Socialist Party (Nazi) forms as German Farmers Party
1919 Spartacus uprising in Berlin: state of siege
1918 British premier Lloyd George demand for unified peace
1916 Austria-Hungary offensive against Montenegro
1914 Ford Motor Co wages jump from $2.40/9-hour day to $5.00/8-hour day
1912 1st National Hockey Association game (Victoria)
1911 Portuguese expel Jesuits
1911 SF has it's 1st air meet
1909 Colombia recognizes Panama's independence
1905 Charles Perrine announces discovery of Jupiter's 7th satellite, Elara
1905 National Association of Audubon Society incorporates
1904 -34 degrees F (-36.7 degrees C), River Vale, New Jersey (state record)
1904 -42 degrees F (-41.1 degrees C), Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record)
1904 England beat Australia at the MCG, Rhodes 7-56 and 8-68
1903 San Francisco - Hawaii telegraph cable opens for public use
1899 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure-Charles Augustus Milverton
1896 German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen's discovers x-rays
1896 Isaac Albeniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez," premieres in Barcelona
1895 Henry James' play "Guy Domville" opens in London
1895 Victor Trumper makes first-class debut for NSW 17 years 64 days
1895 French Captain Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, publicly stripped of his rank; later declared innocent
1892 1st successful auroral photograph made
1888 Dutch Heidemaatschappij established
1887 1st U.S. school of librarianship opens at Columbia University
1875 Charles Garnier's new Opera opens in Paris
1875 President Grant sends federal troops to Vicksburg, Mississippi
1861 250 Federal troops are sent from New York to Ft. Sumter
1861 Alabama troops seize Forts Morgan and Gaines at Mobile Bay
1859 1st steamboat sails, Red River
1854 Steamship San Francisco wrecked - 300 die
1850 California Exchange opens
1841 James Clark Ross (UK) is 1st to enter pack ice near Ross Ice Shelf
1840 Records show 95,820 licensed public houses in England on this date
1836 Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the Alamo
1834 Kiowa Indians record this as the night the stars fell
1828 1st edition of Amsterdam General Trade Journal (Algemeen Handelsblad)
1822 Central America proclaims annexation to Mexican Empire
1809 Treaty of Dardanelles concluded between Britain and France
1804 Ohio legislature passes 1st laws restricting free blacks movement
1800 1st Swedenborgian temple in U.S. holds 1st service, Baltimore
1781 British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Va
1776 Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution
1757 Failed assassination attempt on French king Louis XV by Damiens
1719 Engl/Hannover/Saxony-Poland/Austria sign anti-Prussian/Russian pact
1717 Prussian King Frederik Willem I buys conscript for nobles
1709 Sudden extreme cold kills 1000s of Europeans
1675 Battle at Turkheim (Colmar): French army beats Brandenburg
1649 Francesco Cavalli's opera "Giasone," premieres in Venice
1638 Petition in Recife Brazil leads to closing of their 2 synagogues
1593 William Louis of Nassau becomes governor/viceroy of Drenthe
1554 Great fire in Eindhoven, Netherlands
1531 Pope Clemens VII forbids English king Henry VIII to re-marry
1500 Duke Ludovico Sforza's troops reconquer Milan
1477 Battle at Nancy, Burgundy vs Switzerland, 7000+ killed
1463 French poet Francois Villon banished from Paris
1438 Pope Eugenius IV deallocated council of Basel to Ferrara
1349 Margaretha of Bavaria names her son Willem V earl of Holland/Zealand