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

  • 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.
  • 1527
    Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in Zurich, Switzerland, is executed by drowning.
  • 1554
    A great fire occurs in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
  • 1759
    George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: Richmond, Virginia, is burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold.
  • 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.
  • 1933
    Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.
  • 1945
    The Soviet Union recognizes the new pro-Soviet government of Poland.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Warmest reliably measured temperature in Antarctica of +59°F (+15°C) recorded at Vanda Station
  • 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.
  • 2003
    Police arrest seven suspects in connection with Wood Green ricin plot.
  • 2008
    Mikheil Saakashvili wins his second term as President of Georgia in the snap election.

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