This Day in History for 5th January

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 171

1349 - Margaretha of Bavaria names her son Willem V earl of Holland/Zealand
1438 - Pope Eugenius IV deallocated council of Basel to Ferrara
1463 - French poet Francois Villon banished from Paris
1477 - Battle at Nancy, Burgundy vs Switz, 7000 + killed including their leader Charles Duke of Burgundy
1500 - Duke Ludovico Sforza's troops reconquer Milan
1527 - Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in Zürich, is executed by drowning. (b. 1498)
1554 - Great fire in Eindhoven Neth
1593 - William Louis of Nassau becomes governor/viceroy of Drenthe
1638 - Petition in Recife Brazil leads to closing of their 2 synagogues
1649 - Francesco Cavalli's opera "Giasone," premieres in Venice
1675 - Battle at Turkheim (Colmar): French army beats Brandenburg
1709 - Sudden extreme cold kills 1000s of Europeans
1717 - Prussian King Frederik Willem I buys conscript for nobles
1719 - Engl/Hannover/Saxony-Poland/Austria sign anti-Prussian/Russian pact
1757 - Failed assassination attempt on French king Louis XV by Damiens
1776 - Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution
1781 - British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Va
1800 - 1st Swedenborgian temple in US holds 1st service, Baltimore
1804 - Ohio legislature passes 1st laws restricting free blacks movement
US Defector General Benedict ArnoldUS Defector General Benedict Arnold 1809 - Treaty of Dardanelles concluded between Britain & France
1822 - Central America proclaims annexation to Mexican Empire
1828 - 1st edition of Amsterdam General Trade Journal (Algemeen Handelsblad)
1834 - Kiowa Indians record this as the night the stars fell
1836 - Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the Alamo
1840 - Records show 95,820 licensed public houses in England on this date
1841 - James Clark Ross (UK) is 1st to enter pack ice near Ross Ice Shelf
1846 - The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.
1850 - California Exchange opens
1854 - Steamship San Francisco wrecked-300 die
1859 - 1st steamboat sails, Red River
1861 - 250 Federal troops are sent from New York to Ft Sumter
1861 - Alabama troops seize Forts Morgan & Gaines at Mobile Bay
1875 - Charles Garnier's new Opera opens in Paris
1875 - President Grant sends federal troops to Vicksburg, Miss
Frontiersman/Soldier Davy CrockettFrontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett 1887 - 1st US school of librarianship opens at Columbia University
1888 - Dutch Heidemaatschappij established
1892 - 1st successful auroral photograph made
1895 - Henry James' play "Guy Domville" opens in London
1895 - Victor Trumper makes first-class debut for NSW 17 yrs 64 days
1895 - French Capt Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, publicly stripped of his rank; later declared innocent
1896 - Isaac Albeniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez," premieres in Barcelona
1899 - Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure-Charles Augustus Milverton (BG)
1900 - Irish leader John Edward Redmond calls for a revolt against British rule.
1903 - SF-Hawaii telegraph cable opens for public use
1904 - -34°F (-36.7°C), River Vale, New Jersey (state record)
1904 - -42°F (-41.1°C), Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record)
1904 - England beat Australia at the MCG, Rhodes 7-56 & 8-68
1905 - Charles Perrine announces discovery of Jupiter's 7th satellite, Elara
1905 - National Association of Audubon Society incorporates
1909 - Colombia recognizes Panama's independence
1911 - Portuguese expel Jesuits
1911 - San Francisco has its first air meet
1912 - 1st National Hockey Association game (Victoria)
1912 - The Prague Party Conference takes place.
1914 - Ford Motor Co wages jump from $2.40/9-hr day to $5.00/8-hr day
1916 - Austria-Hungary offensive against Montenegro
1918 - British premier Lloyd George demand for unified peace
1919 - National Socialist Party (Nazi) forms as German Farmers Party
1919 - Spartacus uprising in Berlin: state of siege
1925 - James Gleason & Richard Tabers "Is zat so?" premieres in NYC
1925 - Nellie Taylor Ross became governor of Wyoming, 1st woman gov in USA
1925 - Under Polish control, Danzig establishes Port Gdansk post office
1925 - French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw, Charlie Comiskey, & Hugh Jennings
1927 - Fox Studios exhibits Movietone
1927 - Judge Landis begins 3-day public hearing on charges that 4 games played between Chicago & Detroit in 1917 had been thrown to White Sox
1929 - Coup by King Alexander in South Slavia
Chinese Communist Revolutionary and Politician Mao Tse-TungChinese Communist Revolutionary and Politician Mao Tse-Tung 1930 - Mao Tse-tung writes "A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire"
1931 - 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League
1933 - Work on Golden Gate Bridge begins, on Marin County side
1934 - Fenway Park catches fire for 2nd time (May 8th 1926 also)
1934 - National & American baseball leagues select a uniform ball
1937 - Fingleton & Bradman make record stand of 346 for 6th wkt
1937 - Only unicameral state legislature in US opens 1st session (Nebr)
1940 - FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
1940 - Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
1940 - FM radio is demonstrated to the FCC for the first time.
1941 - British/Australian troops conquer Bardia Lybia
1942 - 55 German tanks reach North-Africa
1943 - Teams agrees to start season later due to WW II
1943 - William H Hastie, civilian aide to secretary of war, resigns to protest segregation in armed forces
1944 - The Daily Mail becomes the first transoceanic newspaper.
1945 - Pepe LePew debuts in Warner Bros cartoon "Odor-able Kitty"
1945 - Surprise attack on Liese-Aktion-office on Marnix St, Amsterdam
1946 - "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances
1949 - General Spoor orders cease-fire on Sumatra
33rd US President Harry Truman33rd US President Harry Truman 1949 - President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"
1950 - Carson McCuller's "Member of the Wedding," premieres in NYC
1951 - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Ponte Vedra Beach Women's Golf Open
1952 - Flying Enterprise sinks
1953 - -6] Passenger ships Willem Ruys & Orange collide in the Red Sea
1953 - Samuel Beckett's "En Attendant Godot," premieres in Paris
1955 - KMSP TV channel 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (IND) 1st broadcast
1957 - Dodgers' Jackie Robinson retires rather than be traded to NY Giants
1957 - Eisenhower asks Congress to send troops to the Mid East
1959 - "Bozo the Clown" live children's show premieres on TV
1959 - Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"
1960 - Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from NY Senator Kenneth Keating
1961 - US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
1962 - Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"
1963 - "Camelot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 873 performances

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 249

1209 - Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1272)
1548 - Francisco Suarez, Spanish theologian (d. 1617)
1560 - William Cobbold, composer
1587 - Xu Xiake, Chinese geographer (d. 1641)
1592 - Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor of India (1628-58), built Taj Mahal
1596 - Henry Lawes, English composer
1614 - Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria (d. 1662)
1661 - Jacob Balthasar Schutz, composer
1667 - Antonio Lotti, Italian composer (b. 1740)
1679 - Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, composer
1696 - Giuseppe Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/painter (d. 1757)
1710 - Friedrich Wilhelm Reidt, composer
1717 - William Wildman Shute Barrington, British statesman (d. 1793)
1729 - Paul C la Fargue, cartoonist/painter
1759 - Jacques Cathelineau, French royalist/army leader
1762 - Constanze Mozart, wife of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (d. 1842)
1769 - Jean Baptiste Say, French economist (Political Economics)
1773 - Pieter Fontijn, Dutch painter/drawer
1778 - Fortunato Santini, composer
1779 - Stephen Decatur, US, naval hero (War of 1812)
1779 - Zebulon Montgomery Pike, explorer (Pike's Peak)
1787 - John Burke, Irish genealogist (Burke's Peerage)
1788 - Kaspar Ett, German organist/composer
1806 - Andre H C van Hasselt, Belgian poet (La Belgium)
1810 - Auguste Mermet, composer
1811 - Cyrus Hamlin, educator/missionary (est Robert College, Turkey)
1813 - Thomas Neville Waul, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1903
1822 - Joseph Brevard Kershaw, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1894
1823 - William Rockstro, composer
1828 - August Valentine Kautz, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1895
1829 - Sir Roger Tichborne, missing U.K. heir who was the subject of the longest criminal trial in British history (d. c.1854)
1834 - William John Wills, English explorer of Australia, member of the Burke and Wills expedition (d. 1861)
1835 - Friedrich Richard Faltin, composer
1835 - Hendrik E van Rijgersma, Dutch gouvernement doctor on Saint Maarten
1837 - A Ch Swinburne, writer [or Apr 5]
1838 - Camille Jordan, French mathematician (d. 1922)
1840 - John Doby Kennedy, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1896
1846 - Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Germany, Idealist philosopher (Nobel 1908)
1848 - Khristo Botev, hero of Bulgarian revolt against Turkey, poet
1850 - Theodoor Verstraete, Flemish painter/etcher
1855 - King Camp Gillette, inventor (safety razor)
1858 - Gustaf af Geijerstam, Swedish author (Boken om Lillebror)
1859 - DeWitt B Brace, inventor (spectrophotometer)
1864 - Bob Caruthers, American baseball player (d. 1911)
1865 - Julio Garavito Armero, Colombian astronomer (d. 1920)
1871 - Frederick Shepherd Converse, Newton Mass, composer
Physiologist Joseph ErlangerPhysiologist Joseph Erlanger (1874) 1874 - Joseph Erlanger, San Francisco, California, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944)
1876 - Konrad Adenauer, Cologne Germany, chancellor of Germany (BRD, 1949)
1879 - Hans Eppinger, Austrian physician (d. 1946)
1880 - Nicolai Karlovich Medtner, composer
1881 - Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, composer
1882 - Herbert Bayard Swope, U.S. journalist who coined the term "Cold War" (d. 1958)
1885 - Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (d. 1940)
1889 - Albert van Dalsum, Dutch actor/director (Little Rascal) [or 1899]
1890 - Cora Witherspoon, New Orleans LA, actress (Bank Dick), dies
1891 - Johan Boskamp, Dutch actor/singer (Potasch & Perlemoer) [or 1893]
1892 - Francesca Bertini, Florence Italy, actress (Odette, Assunta Spina)
1893 - Friedrich Blume, German musicologist (Das Rassenproblem in der Musik)
1893 - Zoltán Böszörmény, Hungarian Nazi politician (d. unknown)
1893 - Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (d. 1952)
1895 - Jeannette Piccard, balloonist/Episcopal priest
German Chancellor Konrad AdenauerGerman Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (1876) 1895 - Elizabeth Cotten, American musician (d. 1987)
1896 - Hendrik Algra, Dutch MP (ARP)
1897 - Jack Wagner, OH, actor (Jive Junction)
1897 - Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami)
1900 - Dennis Gabor, Hung/Brit physicist (holography-Nobel 1971) [or Jun 5]
1900 - Paula Ludwig, writer
1900 - Yves Tanguy, French/US sailor/surrealistic painter
1901 - H L Honore comte d'Estienne d'Orves, French officer/resistance fighter
1901 - Mario Scelba, premier Italy (1954-55)
1902 - Dorothea "Stella" Gibbons, English author (Cold Comfort Farm)
1902 - Pierre Palla, Dutch pianist/organist
1903 - Leighton Lucas, composer
1903 - Harold Gatty, Australian aviator, navigator with Wiley Post (d. 1957)
1904 - Erica Morini, Vienna Austria, concert violinist (d. 1995)
1904 - Jeane Dixon, American astrologer "A Gift of Prophecy" (d. 1997)
1906 - Kathleen Kenyon, 1st person to place date on remains of Jericho
1907 - Anton Ingolic, Slavic author (After Splavih, After Prelomu)
1907 - Willi Soukop, sculptor and member of Royal Academy of Arts
1908 - George Dolenz, Trieste Italy, actor (Count of Monte Cristo)
1909 - Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, bibliophile
1909 - Stephen Cole Kleene, mathematician (Regular Expressions)
1910 - Hugh Brannum, American actor (d. 1987)
1911 - Jean-Pierre Aumont, Paris France, actor (Cat & Mouse, Happy Hooker) (d. 2001)
1912 - Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53)
1914 - George Reeves, [George Lescher Bessolo], Ashland Ky, actor (Superman, Gone With the Wind)
1914 - Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter (d. 1955)
1915 - Mabel Leigh, potter
1915 - Uta Graf, singer/teacher
1915 - Arthur H. Robinson, Canadian-born cartographer (d. 2004)
1917 - Reginald Smith Brindle, composer
1917 - Wieland Wagner, German opera director
1917 - Jane Wyman, St. Joseph, Missouri, American actress (Magnificent Obsession) and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan (d. 2007)
1917 - Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite (d. 2006)
1919 - Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist (d. 1992)
1920 - Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Brescia Italy, pianist
1920 - Mohammad Aslam Khokhar, cricket (Pak bat scored 16 & 18 in only test)
1921 - Jean BMRLAAM d'Aviano, grand duke of Luxembourg (1964- )
1921 - Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Konolfingen, Bern, Swiss playwright and novelist (The Physicists, The Visit)
1922 - Admiral Sir Anthony Synnot, Chief of the Australian Defence Force (d. 2001)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 5 of 5

1531 - Pope Clemens VII forbids English king Henry VIII to re-marry
1985 - Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (22) weds Lisa Andrews
1998 - "Hercules" actor Kevin Sorbo (39) weds actress Sam Jenkins (33) at the Beurge Chapel in Pacific Palisades, California
2002 - Former Atomic Kitten member Kerry Katona (21) weds "Westlife" member Brian McFadden (21) at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Rathfeigh, County Meath, Republic of Ireland
2006 - Adult film actress Linsey Dawn McKenzie (27) weds former Wimbledon F.C. and Northern Ireland footballer Mark Williams (35) at the central London register office

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

1967 - Actor Lee Marvin (42) divorces Elizabeth Ebeling after 14 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 137

842 - Al-Mu'tasim, Abbasid caliph (b. 794)
1066 - Edward de Belijder, the Confessor, king of England (1043-66), dies
1387 - Pedro IV, king of Aragon/conqueror of Sicily, dies at 67
1400 - John Montacute, 3rd Earl of Salisbury, English politician (executed) (b. ca. 1350)
1425 - John of Bavaria/Bayern, liege of Holland/Zealand/Dordrecht, poisoned
1448 - Christopher of Bavaria (b. 1416)
1465 - Charles, Duke of Orléans, French poet (b. 1394)
1477 - Charles, the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, dies at the Battle of Nancy at 43
1524 - Marko Marulic/Marulus/Splichanin/Pecinich, Croatian poet, dies at 73
1588 - Qi Jiguang, Chinese general (b. 1528)
1589 - Catherine de' Medici, Queen mother of France, dies at 69
1592 - Willem II, Duke of Gulik/Kleef/Gelre, dies at about 75
1595 - Ercole Procaccini, Italian painter, dies
1603 - Pieter Adriaansz van der Werff, mayor of Lead, dies at 73
1684 - Claude Audran II, French painter/engraver, dies at 44
1713 - Jean Chardin, French explorer (b. 1643)
1740 - Antonio Lotti, Italian opera composer, dies at about 72
1746 - Anton Simon Ignaz Praelisauer, composer, dies at 53
1759 - Thomas-Philippe et de Boussu, S Neth cardinal, dies at 79
1762 - Elizabeth of Russia [Elizaveta Petrovna], tsarina of Russia (1741-62), dies at 52
1771 - John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British statesman (b. 1710)
1783 - Friedrich Wilhelm Reidt, composer, dies on 73rd birthday
1788 - Johann Schneider, composer, dies at 85
1796 - Samuel Huntington, US judge (signed Decl of Independence), dies at 64
1807 - Michel Adanson, French biologist (Plant classes), dies at 79
1814 - Johann Gottfried Krebs, composer, dies at 72
1823 - Major George Johnston, Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales (b. 1764)
1827 - Frederick of York, English duke/bishop/general, dies at 63
1846 - Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist (b. 1812)
1848 - Ferdinando Orlandi, composer, dies at 73
1856 - Pierre J David, [David d'Angers], French sculptor, dies at 67
1858 - Johann JWAFK Radetzky von Radetz, Austr earl/field marshal, dies at 91
1860 - St John Nepomucene Neumann, 1st male US saint, dies
1862 - Joseph Frohlich, composer, dies at 81
1883 - Charles Tompson, first Australian published poet (b. 1806)
1888 - Henri Herz, composer, dies at a day before 85th birthday
1891 - Guillaume L Baud, Dutch minister of Colonies (1848-49), dies at 89
1891 - Emma Abbott, American soprano (b. 1849)
1904 - Karl A von Zittel, German geologist/paleontologist (Libya), dies at 64
1922 - Ernest H Shackleton, Brit South pole explorer (Endurance), dies at 47
30th US President Calvin Coolidge30th US President Calvin Coolidge (1933) 1933 - Calvin Coolidge, 30th President (1923-29), dies in Mass at 60
1937 - Marie Booth, child of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1864)
1939 - Amelia Earhart, American aviator declared dead after disappearance in 1937. (b. 1897)
1940 - Tina Modotti, [Maria del Carmen], Ital/Mexican communist, dies at 46
1940 - Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (b. 1885)
1941 - Amy Johnson, English aviator (b. 1903)
1942 - Yves Paringaux, French chief of staff, murdered
1943 - George Washington Carver, famous black scientist, dies at 81
1944 - Adolph Goldschmidt, German/Swiss art historian, dies at 80
1946 - Kitty Cheatham, American singer (b. 1864)
1951 - Andrei P Platonov, Russian author (Prok, Kotlovan), dies at 51
1952 - Nawab of Pataudi, cricket (play polo 3 Tests for Eng 3 for Ind), dies
1952 - Victor Alexander John Hope, viceroy of India (1936-43), dies at 64
1954 - Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (b. 1891)
1956 - Jeanne F Bourgeois, French head mistress (Moulin Rouge), dies at 84
1956 - Mistinguett, French singer (b. 1875)
1960 - Donald Knight, cricketer (54 runs in 2 Tests for England 1921), dies
1960 - Pavel P Parenago, Russia, cosmonaut, dies at 53
1963 - Rogers Hornsby, baseball player, dies of a heart ailment at 66
1965 - Neil Craig, actor (Calling Dr Kildare), dies at 73
1965 - Paul Arntzenius, painter/graphic artist/etcher, dies at 81
1966 - George Duckworth, cricketer (24 Tests for England, ct 45 stp 15), dies
1968 - Jean Murat, actor (On the Riviera), dies at 79
1969 - Franz T Csokor, Austria author (Gottes General), dies at 83
1969 - Tom Aherne, actor (Hustler, April Fools), dies of influenza in NY
1970 - Joseph A Yablonski, candidate for United Mine Workers pres, murdered
1970 - Max Born, German/British physicist (Nobel 1954), dies at 87
1970 - Roberto Gerhard, composer, dies at 73
1970 - Cyril Fagan, Irish astrologer (b. 1896)
1971 - Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
1973 - Cornelis van Dis, Dutch MP (SGP), dies at 79
1974 - Roy Bargy, orchestra leader (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
1974 - Lev Oborin, Russian pianist (b. 1907)
1975 - Don Wilson, pitcher (Astro), dies at 29 of carbon monoxide poisoning
1976 - Georges E Migot, French composer, dies at 84
1976 - John A. Costello, Taoiseach of Ireland (b. 1891)
1977 - Onslow Stevens, actor (Mr Fisher-This is the Life), dies at 74
1979 - Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56
1981 - Harold C Urey, US chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), dies at 87
1981 - Paul Félix, Flemish architect (Song of the Sun), dies at 67
1981 - Lanza del Vasto, Italian philosopher (b. 1901)
1982 - Hans Conried, actor (Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy), dies at 64
1982 - Harvey Lembeck, actor (Phil Silvers, Hathaways), dies at 56
1982 - Sir Edmund Herring, Australian military commander, Lieutenant Governor of Victoria (b. 1892)
1985 - Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
1987 - Margaret Laurence, Canadian author, dies at 60
1987 - Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier (b. 1875)
1988 - "Pistol Pete" Mavarich, NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack at 40
1988 - Pete Maravich, American basketball player (b. 1947)
1990 - Arthur Kennedy, actor (Air Force), dies of a brain tumor at 76
1990 - Bart LaRue, entertainer, dies
1991 - John Eckhardt, actor born without legs (Freaks), dies at 82
1991 - Marie Madeline Sullivan, actress (Elvira Mistress of Dark), dies at 80
1991 - Vasko Popa, Serbian WW II-partisan/poet (Sporedno Nebo), dies at 68
1993 - George L George, Russian/US journalist/director/producer, dies at 85
1993 - Henk Knol, Suriname MP (PvdA), dies at 61
1993 - Jennifer Raine Bissell, daughter of Alan Napier, dies 60
1993 - Juan Benet Goitia, Spanish writer (Herrumbrosas Lanzas), dies at 65
1993 - Klaas Wiersma, Dutch sec of Justice (VVD), dies
1993 - Leonce Gras, Flemish singer/conductor, dies at 84

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