January 5: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

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.

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 Events Happened On January 5 In History?

2021 Lil Nas X released a children’s book called “C is for Country.”

OTD in 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.

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1993 Baseball champion Reggie Jackson was elected to the Hall of Fame.


1972 President Richard Nixon passed a new law that allowed NASA to build America’s first space shuttle.


1959 The world’s most famous clown “Bozo” premiered live on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, California, US.

OTD in 1959: The world's most famous clown "Bozo" premiered live on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles

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.
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1925 Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming became the first female American governor.

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.

1757 Louis XV of France survived an attempt on his life from Robert-François Damiens, a lowly domestic servant.

Damiens had apparently gone into a religious frenzy and attempted to assassinate the king but failed. It didn't help that all he'd tried to stab King Louis with was a pocket knife, and the king was wearing a thick winter coat. The would-be assassin was tortured and sentenced to death.

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.

Famous Quotes Said On January 5

Every day brings a new quote – here are the most renowned quotes spoken on this day in history.


“Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction. Be heroes in an army of construction.”

– Helen Keller


“Opinions have caused more ills than the plague or earthquakes on this little globe of ours.”

– Voltaire

Famous People Born On January 5

If today’s your birthday, you share this special day with Marilyn Manson! Here are other famous people born on this day.

1975 Bradley Cooper

American Actor

Bradley Cooper
48 years old
Born In:
Pennsylvania, USA

1969 Marilyn Manson

American Rock Singer

Marilyn Manson
54 years old
Born In:
Ohio, USA

1981 deadmau5

Canadian DJ

42 years old
Born In:
Toronto, Canada

1959 Clancy Brown

American Actor

Clancy Brown
64 years old
Born In:
Ohio, USA

Special Holidays On January 5

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

January 5: National Bird Day

National Bird Day

There are roughly 430 billion birds globally, and sadly, it’s estimated that 12 percent could become extinct in the near future. Today is National Bird Day, so why not use this special day to birdwatch or at least check your Twitter.

January 5: National Whipped Cream Day

National Whipped Cream Day

Is there any better topping for a nice slice of pie than a generous mountain of whipped cream? Whether you whip it yourself or use a can, it's essential to give yourself an extra-large serving today! We won't tell anyone if you squirt it straight into your mouth, either!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

The word “boonies” comes from the Tagalog word “Bundok” which means mountains, or an out-of-the-way rural area.

January 5 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Earth is the element given to Capricorns. The earth is always working, constantly evolving, and keeping our planet going day in, day out!

For those of you born in January, you have the Garnet birthstone. The garnet is commonly a red gem that provides the wearer with love, friendships, loyalty, and luck.

People born on this day were likely conceived the previous year on April 14th.

The due date for a baby conceived on January 5, 2023, is around September 28.

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