About January 5

January 5, 2020 is the 5th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 361 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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

What Happened On January 5

  • 1477
    Battle of Nancy: Charles the Bold is killed and Burgundy becomes part of France.
  • 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.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: Richmond, Virginia, is burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold.
  • 1782
    American Revolutionary War: French troops begin a siege of a British garrison on Brimstone Hill in Saint Kitts.
  • 1846
    The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day’s labor.
  • 1957
    In a speech given to the United States Congress, 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
    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.
  • 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).
  • 1976
    The Khmer Rouge proclaim the Constitution of Democratic Kampuchea.
  • 1993
    The oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil.
  • 2003
    Police arrest seven suspects in connection with Wood Green ricin plot.

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