2021 January

January 5: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 5

January 5th is known as Bird Day and Whipped Cream Day.

Today marks the fifth day of the year. We’re slowly getting through the year, but still have 360 days left until the end of the year.

Everyone who was born on this day shares the same zodiac sign, Capricorn.

You’re about to find out some of the top historical events for this day covering big advances in film & TV, music and sports and games.

Did you know that on this day in 1933, construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco? The bridge was completed on April 19, 1937 at a cost of $35 million.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 5th in history!

What Happened On January 5 In History?

2021

Lil Nas X released a children’s book called “C is for Country”.

It ranked at number 8 for children's books worldwide on this day.
1993

Baseball champion Reggie Jackson was elected to the Hall of Fame.

Source UPI
1972

President Richard Nixon passed a new law which allowed NASA to start building America’s very first space shuttle.

Source Wired
1959

The world’s most famous clown “Bozo” premiered live on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, California, US.

1959

Singer Buddy Holly’s last song was released.

It Doesn't Matter reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Sadly 29 days later Buddy Holly died in a plane crash.
1933

Construction of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco began.

OTD in 1933: Construction of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco began.
Source ABC News
1914

The Ford Motor Company announced that it would begin an eight-hour workday as well as provide a living wage for workers who would receive $5 a day.

1896

Austrian newspaper called “Die Presse” released Willhelm Röntgen’s discovery of X-rays.

1709

The Great Frost of Europe killed thousands of people.

OTD in 1709: The Great Frost of Europe killed thousands of people.
That evening William Derham recorded a record low of just 10°F near London while other recordings through Europe were as low as 5°F. Those chilling temperatures killed thousands on that night and caused a famine in France that eventually caused the demise of 600,000 more people.
1643

The first legal divorce of the American colonies was granted to Anne Clarke.

1531

King Henry VIII was forbidden to remarry in a letter sent to him by Pope Clement VII.

This was a significant moment in history due to the fact that King Henry VIII ignored the Pope and divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Once Henry married Anne Boleyn, he was excommunicated from the church. By doing this, the history of Christianity in Europe changed forever.

Did you know that on this day, January 5th 1933, construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco?