About January 5

January 5, 2022 is the 5th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 360 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Capricorn is the sun 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 27 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 5

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1854
    The San Francisco steamer sinks, killing 300 people.
  • 1895
    Dreyfus affair: French army officer Alfred Dreyfus is stripped of his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    The Soviet Union recognizes the new pro-Soviet government of Poland.
  • 1971
    The first One Day International cricket match is held between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • 1972
    U.S. 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.
  • 1976
    Ten Protestant civilians are shot dead by a paramilitary group at Kingsmill in County Armagh, Northern Ireland (part of The Troubles).
  • 1993
    The oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil.
  • 1996
    Hamas bombmaker Yahya Ayyash is killed by an Israeli-planted booby-trapped cell phone.

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