1961 US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
1781 British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond VA.
1861 Alabama troops seize Forts Morgan & Gaines at Mobile Bay.
1861 250 Federal troops are sent from New York to Fort Sumter.
1916 Austria-Hungary offensive against Montenegro.
1940 Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia.
1941 British/Australian troops conquer Bardia Lybia.
1942 55 German tanks reach North-Africa.
1945 Surprise attack on Liese-Aktion-office on Marnix St, Amsterdam.
1995 Yahya Ayyash PLO bomb maker, booby trapped cellular phone at 28.
1554 Great fire in Eindhoven Netherlands.
1854 Steamship San Francisco wrecked-300 die.
1953 Passenger ships Willem Ruys & Orange collide in the Red Sea.
1975 14 die when British freighter "Lake Illawarra" rams pylon bridge between Derwent & Hobart, Tasmania & ship sinks.
1995 Lockheed C-140 Jetstar crashes at Isfahan Persia, 18 killed.
1949 President Harry S Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal".
1638 Petition in Recife Brazil leads to closing of their 2 synagogues.
1895 French Captain Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, publicly stripped of his rank; later declared innocent.
1973 Mali & Niger break diplomatic relations with Israel.
1825 Alexandre Dumas pare fights his 1st duel; his pants fall down.
1531 Pope Clemens VII forbids English king Henry VIII to re-marry.
1964 Pope Paul VI visits Jordan & Israel.
1914 James Cox of Ford Motor Co announces wages will jump from $2.40/9-hour day to $5.00/8-hour day.
1970 23,000 Belgian mine workers strike.
1933 Work on Golden Gate Bridge begins, on Marin County side.
1757 Failed assassination attempt on French king Louis XV by Damiens.
1776 Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution.
1804 Ohio legislature passes 1st laws restricting free blacks movement.
1937 Only unicameral state legislature in US opens 1st session (Nebraska).
1836 Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the Alamo.
1841 James Clark Ross (UK) is 1st to enter pack ice near Ross Ice Shelf.
1930 Mao Tse-tung writes "A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire".
1943 William H Hastie, civilian aide to secretary of war, resigns to protest segregation in armed forces.
1903 San Francisco-Hawaii telegraph cable opens for public use.
1905 National Association of Audubon Society incorporates.
1911 Portuguese expel Jesuits.
1919 National Socialist Party (Nazi) forms as German Farmers Party.
1925 Nellie Taylor Ross became Governor of Wyoming, 1st woman governor in USA.
1931 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League.
1940 FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal.
1945 Pepe LePew debuts in Warner Bros cartoon "Odor-able Kitty".
1956 Elvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel".
1959 Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter".
1709 Sudden extreme cold kills 1000s of Europeans.
1998 Ice storm knocks out electricity in Québec & Ontario.
1959 "Bozo the Clown" live children's show premieres on TV.
1970 Soap Opera "All My Children" premieres on ABC.
1976 "MacNeil-Lehrer Report" premieres on PBS.
1981 "Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 minutes to 30 minutes.
1989 2 French TV newsmen arrested for trying to plant fake bombs on 3 airlines at JFK airport in security test.
1993 Price is Right model Janice Pennington sues CBS for show accident.
1981 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women.
1887 1st US school of librarianship opens at Columbia University.
1982 Arkansas judge rules against obligatory teaching of creation.
1892 1st successful auroral photograph made.
1896 German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen's discovers x-rays.
1905 Charles Perrine announces discovery of Jupiter's 7th satellite, Elara.
1969 USSR Venera 5 launched for 1st successful planet landing (Venus).
1972 NASA announces development of space shuttle.
1975 Salyut 4 with crew of 2 is launched for 30 days.
1985 Discovery moves to launch pad for STS 51-C mission.
1988 Austrian President Waldheim's war record investigated.
1912 1st National Hockey Assn game (Victoria).
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.
1934 Fenway Park catches fire for 2nd time (May 8th 1926 also).
1943 Teams agrees to start season later due to WWII.
1971 Harlem Globetrotters lose 100-99 to New Jersey Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak.
1989 Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990.
1993 Reggie Jackson elected to Hall of Fame.
1996 Miami Dolphin coach Don Shula announces his retirement.
1998 Vandals decapitate Copenhagen's Little Mermaid.
1942 Yves Paringaux French chief of staff, murdered.
1970 Joseph A Yablonski candidate for United Mine Workers president, murdered.
1993 Nyamuisi Muvingi Zaire minister of Culture, murdered.
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)
1855 King Camp Gillette inventor (safety razor)
1874 Joseph Erlanger doctor (shock therapy-Nobel 1944)
1876 Konrad Adenauer Cologne Germany, chancellor of Germany (1949)
1906 Kathleen Kenyon 1st person to place date on remains of Jericho
1909 Stephen Cole Kleene mathematician (Regular Expressions)
1914 George Reeves [George Lescher Bessolo], actor (Superman)
1918 Jeanne Dixon Medford WI, psychic (Gift of Prophecy)
1923 Sam Phillips musician/record company founder (Sun)
1928 Walter Fritz Mondale (Senator-D-MN)/42nd Vice President (1977-81)
1928 Zulfikar Ali Khan Bhutto President/Premier (Pakistan)
1931 Robert Duvall San Diego CA, actor (Great Santini, Taxi Driver)
1932 Chuck Noll Cleveland OH, NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1938 Jim Otto NFL center (Oakland Raiders)
1938 Juan Carlos I king of Spain (1975- )
1941 Grady Thomas US rock vocalist (Parliaments, Funkadelic, Maggot Brain)
1942 Charlie Rose Henderson NC, newscaster (CBS Night Watch)
1942 Cliff Potts Glendale CA, actor (Ted-Lou Grant)
1945 Sam Wyche NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals)
1946 Diane Keaton Louisiana, actress (Annie Hall, Little Drummer Girl)
1947 Ted Lange Oakland CA, actor (Isaac-Love Boat, Mr T & Tina)
1949 Chris Stein Brooklyn NY, rock guitarist (Blondie-Heart of Glass, Call Me)
1950 Michael O'Donoghue writer/performer
1953 Pamela Sue Martin Westport CT, actress (Nancy Drew, Fallon-Dynasty)
1966 Renaldo Turnbull NFL defensive end (WVU, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers)
1969 Marilyn Manson singer/musician
1975 Warrick Dunn running back (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1066 King Edward the Confessor of England, dies
1589 Catherine de' Medici Queen mother of France, dies at 69
1796 Samuel Huntington US judge (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 64
1922 Sir Ernest Shackleton Antarctic explorer (Endurance), dies aboard his ship at 47
1933 Calvin Coolidge 30th President (1923-29), dies in Northampton MA at 60
1943 George Washington Carver famous black American agricultural scientist dies at 81
1971 Sonny Liston World Champ heavyweight boxer (1962-64), found dead at 36
1975 Don Wilson Astro pitcher dies at 29 of carbon monoxide poisoning
1988 "Pistol Pete" Mavarich NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack at 40
1994 Thomas P "Tip" O'Neill (D-MA)/Speaker of House (1977-86), dies at 81
1998 Sonny Bono (Representative-R-CA)/singer (Sonny & Cher), dies skiing at 62
January 5, the 5th day of 2008. There are 361 days left in the year.
compiled by Mondoreb
Source: Today in History
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