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JANUARY 5

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1779 Stephen Decatur (Maryland-born Naval Officer) Stephen Decatur U.S. Military Leaders Naval History War 1812
1813 Warren Chase (New Hampshire-born Founder of a Fourierite Utopian Community in What Is Now Ripon, Wisconsin) New Hampshire Political and Social Leaders Ripon, Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society
1835 Olympia Brown (Michigan-born Women's Suffragist; First U.S. Woman Ordained as a Minister) Michigan Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Women's Suffrage Religious Leaders and Theologians Wisconsin Historical Society
1866 Milo Reno (Iowa-born Farm Reform Leader) Iowa Political and Social Leaders Farming & Agriculture
1876 Konrad Adenauer (Chancellor of West Germany) Konrad Adenauer
1921 Jean I (Grand Duke of Luxembourg) Jean I
1926 Hosea Williams (Georgia-born African-American Civil Rights Advocate) Hosea Williams Human Rights/Civil Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders
1928 Walter "Fritz" Mondale (Minnesota-born U.S. Senator, Vice-President of the United States) Minnesota Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress President Jimmy Carter Minnesota Historical Society
1938 Juan Carlos I (King of Spain) Juan Carlos I
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1066 Edward the Confessor (King of England, Builder of Westminster Abbey) Edward the Confessor Architecture Catholic Saints
1477 Charles the Bold, Duke of French Burgundy (Killed at the Battle of Nancy French Military Leaders Switzerland  War Classic Encyclopedia
1858 Joseph Radetzky (Austrian Military Hero) Joseph Radetzky
1933 Calvin Coolidge (Vermont-born 30th President of the United States) Vermont Political and Social Leaders Calvin Coolidge The American Presidency
1994 Tip O'Neill (Massachusetts-born Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives) Tip O'Neill The U.S. House of Representatives Politics
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1477 Swiss Defeat and Kill Charles the Bold at the Battle of Nancy French Military Leaders Switzerland  War  Death Classic Encyclopedia
1543 Spanish Priest, Bartolomé de las Casas, Arrives in Campeche, Mexico Mexico Mexico Connect
1757 Jean-Francois Damiens Fails in Attempt to Assassinate Louis XV of France France NNDB
1781 British Naval Expedition Led By Benedict Arnold Burns Richmond, Virginia Great Britain Virginia Benedict Arnold Revolutionary War Virginia Historical Society Library of Congress
1809 Britain and Ottoman Empire Sign Treaty Banning Warships from Dardanelles Great Britain Turkey Naval History World History Britannica
1846 U.S. House Resolves to Cease Sharing Oregon Territory with Britain Great Britain U.S. House of Representatives Oregon History Channel
1848 West River Bridge v. Dix Is Argued Before the U.S. Supreme Court Vermont U.S. Supreme Court Bridges Oyez
1861 Florida Delegates Reconvene to Consider a Resolution to Secede from the United States Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1863 President Lincoln Congratulates General Rosecrans for Victory at Murfreesboro Abraham Lincoln Battle at Murfreesboro Lincoln Logs
1864 French Troops, Led by Castagny, Capture the City of Guadalajara, Mexico Mexico France Mexico Connect
1868 General George Meade Arrives in Atlanta to Direct the Reconstruction of Georgia Georgia Reconstruction University of Georgia
1881 Ohio's William B. Woods Sworn In As Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court Ohio Political & Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1885 Hugh O'Brien, the First Irish Immigrant Elected Mayor of Boston, Takes the Oath of Office Irish Immigrants Boston, Massachusetts Politics Historic Firsts Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1891 Henry B. Brown (MA) Sworn In As a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Massachusetts Political & Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1895 Jewish French Officer Alfred Is Dreyfus Condemned for Passing Military Secrets Alfred Dreyfus Crime Judaism History Channel
1916 First Military Conscription Bill in British History Is Introduced in the House of Commons Great Britain World War I Historic Firsts History Channel
1919 German Workers Party, Later to Be Called the Nazi Party, Is Formed in Munich Germany Nazi Germany Humanitas International
1925 Justice Joseph McKenna Resigns from the U.S. Supreme Court Pennsylvania Political & Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1941 President Roosevelt Relieves James Otto Richardson As Commander of U.S. Naval Fleet Texas Military Figures President Franklin Roosevelt World War II Naval History Texas State Historical Association
1949 President Truman Delivers "Fair Deal" State of the Union Speech to Congress President Harry Truman The American Presidency U.S. Congress Library of Congress
1952 President Truman Welcomes British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, to U.S. Great Britain Winston Churchill President Harry Truman BBC
1957 Eisenhower Declares Middle East a Cold War Battlefield in Speech to Congress President Dwight Eisenhower The American Presidency U.S. Congress The Cold War History Channel
1964 Pope Paul VI Meets Greek Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I in Jerusalem Jerusalem Religion Catholicism Concordia
1968 Alexander Dubcek Is First Secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party Czech Republic Slovakia Soviet Union History Channel
1969 Soviets Launch Venera 5 to Obtain Atmospheric Information from Venus Russian Space Program Venus Case Western University
1971 United States Secret Service Is Authorized to Protect Visiting Heads of Foreign States While in U.S. U.S. Secret Service U.S. Treasury
1972 President Richard Nixon Orders Development of the Space Shuttle President Richard Nixon The American Presidency NASA The Space Shuttle New York Times
1976 Khmer Rouge Adopts Constitution, Renames Cambodia Democratic Kampuchea Khmer Rouge Documentation Center of Cambodia
Ten Protestant Men Dead in Northern Ireland Bus Ambush Northern Ireland Religion Terrorism BBC
1987 President Reagan Undergoes Prostate Surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital President Ronald Reagan The American Presidency Health and Fitness New York Times
1993 Washington Resumes the Death Penalty by Hanging Westley Allan Dodd Washington Capital Punishment Death HistoryLink
Tanker Carrying 85,000 Tons of Oil Runs Aground on the Shetland Islands Scotland Naval History Earth & Environmental Science BBC
1996 Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev Resigns Russia CNN
Booby-trapped Cell Phone Kills Islamic Terrorist Mastermind Yahya Ayyash War on Terrorism The Telephone Death Jewish Virtual Library
2000 U.S. Immigration Service Rules 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez Must Return to Cuba Elian Gonzalez Human Rights/Civil Rights Child Advocacy CNN

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