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Notable Historical Events on January 5th

2007Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

1982Darryl Sittler, on advice from his doctor, leaves the Toronto Maple Leafs because of mental depression

2010Mike Shanahan is formally introduced as head coach of the Washington Redskins

1968Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law

1985Bryan Trottier failed on 9th Islander penalty shot

1930Bonnie Parker meets Clyde Barrow for the first time at Clarence Clay's house

1949President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"

1781British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia

1993Reggie Jackson elected to Hall of Fame

1957Dodgers' Jackie Robinson retires rather than be traded to NY Giants

1953Samuel Beckett's "En Attendant Godot," premieres in Paris

1962Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"

1896The Die Presse newspaper (Germany) publicly announces Wilhelm Röntgen's discovery of X-rays and their potential for new methods of medical diagnoses in a front-page article

1996Miami Dolphin coach Don Shula announces his retirement

1959Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"

1836Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the Alamo

1937Fingleton & Bradman make record stand of 346 for 6th wkt

1500Duke Ludovico Sforza's troops reconquer Milan

January 5th Historical Events
Date Event
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, Virginia 
1800
1st Swedenborgian temple in US holds 1st service, Baltimore 
1804
Ohio legislature passes 1st laws restricting free blacks movement 
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 
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 
1896
The Die Presse newspaper (Germany) publicly announces Wilhelm Röntgen's discovery of X-rays and their potential for new methods of medical diagnoses in a front-page article 
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, a non-profit, environmental organization dedicated to conservation, 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 
1930
Mao Zedong writes "A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire" 
1930
Bonnie Parker meets Clyde Barrow for the first time at Clarence Clay's house 
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 
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 
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 
1963
"Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 719 performances 
1963
San Diego beats Boston 51-10 in AFL championship game 
1964
Pope Paul VI visits Jordan & Israel 
1964
San Diego Chargers win AFL-championship 
1967
KLXA (now KTBN) TV channel 40 in Fontana-San Ana, CA (IND) begins 
1968
Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law 
1968
Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia 
1969
"Maggie Flynn" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 82 performances 
1969
Bollingen prize for poetry presented to John Berryman & Karl Shapiro 
1969
Neville Williams' "Chronology of the Expanding World" completed 
1969
USSR Venera 5 launched for 1st successful planet landing (Venus) 
1970
23,000 Belgian mine workers strike 
1970
KPTS TV channel 8 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1970
Soap Opera "All My Children," premieres on ABC 
1971
1st one-day international, Australia v England at the MCG 
1971
Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak 
1971
US heavyweight "Sonny" Liston's (36) corpse found 
1972
Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Lakers-11,178) 
1972
NYC transit fare rises from 30 cents to 35 cents 
1972
US President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on a manned space shuttle 
1972
West-Pakistani sheik Mujib ur-Rahman freed 
1973
Mali & Niger break diplomatic relations with Israel 
1973
Netherlands recognizes German DR 
1974
Raul Julia appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Oh, Brother" 
1974
An earthquake in Lima, Peru, kills six people, and damages hundreds of houses. 
1975
"Wiz" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1672 performances 
1975
Charlie Smalls' "Wiz," premieres in NYC 
1975
Salyut 4 with crew of 2 is launched for 30 days 
1975
14 die when British freighter "Lake Illawarra" rams pylon bridge between Derwent & Hobart, Tasmania & ship sinks 
1976
"MacNeil-Lehrer Report" premieres on PBS 
1976
Cambodia is renamed "Democratic Kampuchea" 
1976
Greg Chappell scores 182* at SCG against West Indies 
1976
Kingsmill massacre: in retaliation for the Reavey and O'Dowd killings, the South Armagh Republican Action Force shoot dead 10 Protestant civilians after stopping their minibus at Kingsmill, County Armagh 
1981
"Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 mins to 30 mins 
1981
British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women 
1982
Arkansas judge rules against obligatory teaching of creation 
1982
Darryl Sittler, on advice from his doctor, leaves the Toronto Maple Leafs because of mental depression 
1984
Adrian Dantly (Utah), ties NBA record of 28 free throws 
1984
Greg Chappell scores 182* in his last Test innings 
1985
Bryan Trottier failed on 9th Islander penalty shot 
1985
Discovery moves to launch pad for STS 51-C mission 
1987
Surrogate Baby M case begins in Hackensack, NJ 
1989
2 French TV newsmen arrested for trying to plant fake bombs on 3 airlines at JFK airport in security test 
1989
Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990 
1990
J Donald Crump appointed 8th Commissioner of CFL 
1991
"Oh, Kay!" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 77 performances 
1991
Edwin Jongejans of Neth wins 1-meter springboard diving title 
1991
Kevin Bradshaw of US Intl scores NCAA Div 1 record 72 pts 
1992
"6 Degrees of Separation" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 496 perf 
1992
"Crucible" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 32 performances 
1992
"On Borrowed Time" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 99 perfs 
1992
"Peter Pan" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances 
1992
Ravi Shastri scores 206 at SCG before being Warne's 1st crick Test wkt 
1993
Brian Lara completes 277 v Australia at cricket SCG 
1993
Price is Right model Janice Pennington sues CBS for show accident 
1993
Reggie Jackson elected to Hall of Fame 
1993
The oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil. 
1993
Washington state executes Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (the first legal hanging in America since 1965). 
1994
Aleksandr Popov swims world record 100m free style (47.82) 
1994
Yat Weiju swims world record 100m butterfly stroke (58.71) 
1994
Zhong Weiju swims world record 25m pool record (58.71) 
1995
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 41-13 
1995
Lockheed C-140 Jetstar crashes at Isfahan Persia, 18 killed 
1996
Miami Dolphin coach Don Shula announces his retirement 
1996
Muralitharan no-balled for throwing in ODI v WI at the Gabba 
1996
Hamas operative Yahya Ayyash is killed by an Israeli-planted booby-trapped cell phone. 
1997
"Juan Darien-Carnival Mass" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC 
1997
"Love Thy Neighbor," closes at Booth Theater NYC 
1997
"Show Boat," closes at Gershwin Theater NYC 
1998
Ice storm knocks out electricity in Quebec & Ontario 
1998
Vandals decapitate Copenhagen's Little Mermaid 
2005
Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, is discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory. 
2007
Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers 
2010
Mike Shanahan is formally introduced as head coach of the Washington Redskins 
2016
North Korea says it successfully conducts hydrogen bomb test 
2016
World's largest blue star sapphire -- worth $100M -- discovered 
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