About January 5

January 5, 2021 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.

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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 38 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 5

  • 1500
    Duke Ludovico Sforza conquers Milan.
  • 1527
    Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in Zurich, Switzerland, is executed by drowning.
  • 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.
  • 1759
    George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis.
  • 1846
    The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.
  • 1854
    The San Francisco steamer sinks, killing 300 people.
  • 1896
    An Austrian newspaper reports that Wilhelm Röntgen has discovered a type of radiation later known as X-rays.
  • 1913
    First Balkan War: During the Naval 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.
  • 1918
    The Free Committee for a German Workers Peace, which would become the Nazi Party, is founded.
  • 1933
    Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.
  • 1945
    The Soviet Union recognizes the new pro-Soviet government of Poland.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1976
    Ten Protestant civilians are shot dead by a paramilitary group at Kingsmill in County Armagh, Northern Ireland (part of The Troubles).
  • 1976
    The Khmer Rouge proclaim the Constitution of Democratic Kampuchea.
  • 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.

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