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January 5 Historical Events

The following events took place on January 5. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 37 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 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.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: Richmond, Virginia, is burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold.
  • 1846
    The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.
  • 1875
    The Palais Garnier, one of the most famous opera houses in the world, is inaugurated in Paris.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 that it would pay a “living wage” of at least $5 for a day’s labor.
  • 1919
    The German Workers’ Party, 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.
  • 1944
    The Daily Mail becomes the first transoceanic newspaper.
  • 1945
    The Soviet Union recognizes the new pro-Soviet government of Poland.
  • 1949
    United States President Harry S. Truman unveils his Fair Deal program.
  • 1957
    In a speech given to the United States Congress, United States 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
    The Troubles: The Royal Ulster Constabulary raid the Bogside area of Derry, damaging property and beating residents. In response, residents erect barricades and establish Free Derry.
  • 1972
    United States 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.

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