January 05: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On January 5, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The fifth day of the Gregorian calendar is January 5th. During the Revolutionary War, British soldiers commanded by Benedict Arnold torched Richmond, Virginia, and Ford declared an eight-hour workday and a minimum $5 daily salary, as well as the start of construction on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Capricorn is the zodiac sign for January 5. Marilyn Manson, Bradley Cooper, and Hayao Miyazaki all have famous birthdays. National Whipped Cream Day and National Bird Day both fall on January 5th.


(January 05, 1933)
On this day in 1933, work on the Golden Gate Bridge began in San Francisco, a suspension bridge that previously had the world's longest main span and has been praised for the beauty of its location. photo source:


(January 05, 1953)
Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot was staged for the first time in Paris. It was a hugely important and long-lasting piece of work. photo source:

(January 05, 1973)
Bruce Springsteen is an American musician who released his first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. photo source:

(January 05, 2005)
Eris, a dwarf planet, was found two years ago in photos collected at Palomar Observatory in California. photo source:

(January 05, 2014)
Eusébio died in Lisbon, possibly the greatest Portuguese football (soccer) player of all time. photo source:

(Died on January 05, 2021)
John Georgiadis, English violinist and composer (b. 1939).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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