5 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Shah Jahan, 1592
  • Stephen Decatur, 1779
  • King Camp Gillette, 1855
  • George Washington Carver, 1864
  • Konrad Adenauer, 1876
  • Herbert Bayard Swope, 1882
  • Stella Gibbons, 1902
  • Jean-Pierre Aumont, 1909
  • Jeanne Dixon, 1918
  • Fredrich Dürrenmatt, 1921
  • Walter 'Fritz' Mondale, 1928
  • Alvin Ailey Jr., 1931
  • Robert Duvall, 1931
  • Raisa Gorbachev, 1932
  • Umberto Eco, 1932
  • Diane Keaton, 1946
  • Pamela Sue Martin, 1954
  • Denis Leary, 1957
  • Ed Norton, 1969

Died On This Day:

  • King Edward the Confessor, 1066
  • Charles the Bold, duke of Burgundy, 1477
  • Catherine de' Medici, 1589
  • Auguste Francois Joseph Le Lievre, Marquis de La Grange, 1826
  • Ernest Shackleton, 1922
  • Calvin Coolidge, 1933
  • George Washington Carver, 1943
  • Mistinguette (Jeanne Bougeeois), 1956
  • Rogers Hornsby, 1963
  • Max Born, 1970
  • Charlie Mingus, 1979
  • Hans Conried, 1982
  • Thomas 'Tip' O'Neill, 1994
  • Sonny Bono, 1998
  • Jean Kerr, 2003
  • Roy Jenkins, 2003
  • Pierre Boulez, 2016

Today's Events:

  • 1477 - Swiss at Nancy defeat Burgundy ending possibility of Burgundian state between France & Germany.
  • 1608 - Captain John Smith captured by Indians; later saved by Indian princess Pocahontas.
  • 1889 - A 'hamburger' first appears on a restaurant menu in Walla Walla, WA, as reported in the Union News.
  • 1914 - Henry Ford introduces a minimum wage scale of $5 per day at his Ford Motor Co. plant.
  • 1919 - National Socialist Party founded in Germany
  • 1920 - Babe Ruth sold to N.Y. Yankees by Boston Red Sox for record $125,000.
  • 1925 - Nellie Ross of Wyoming becomes first female U.S. governor.
  • 1933 - Construction begins on Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.
  • 1940 - FM radio first demonstrated.
  • 1948 - Alfred Kinsey's 'Sexual Behavior in the Human Male' published to a shocked U.S.A.
  • 1950 - Carson McCuller's 'A Member of the Wedding' opens on Broadway at the Empire Theatre.
  • 2010 - World's tallest building launched in Dubai - the Burj Khalifa - 828m high (327 metres taller than Taipei 101).
  • 2011 - World record price for bluefin tuna at Tokyo's new year fish auction: 342 kg tuna sells for $395,000 - $42 per taste.
  • 2012 - New world's record bluefin tuna sale at Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market: $736,000 for 269 kg. fish

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Simeon the Stylite
  • Telesphorus

Holiday:

  • Wassail Eve (Britain), Shinnen Enkai (New Year Party) in Japan
  • Evening before Epiphany - 12th Night Eve
  • La Befana in Italy

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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