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On This Day in History, January 5

What Happened On This Day – January 5

  • 2005 The solar system's largest known dwarf planet is discovered

    The discovery of “Eris” ultimately lead to the International Astronomical Union (IAU) downgrading Pluto, which has roughly the same size, to a dwarf planet.

  • 1993 The oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands

    The oil tanker spilled twice as much crude oil as the Exxon Valdez in 1989.

  • 1968 The Prague Spring begins

    The period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia began with the election of Alexander Dubček as the country's leader.

  • 1933 Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins

    The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one of the best-known symbols of the United States.

  • 1895 Alfred Dreyfus is sentenced to life imprisonment

    The French artillery officer was accused of treason. He was later exonerated.

Births On This Day – January 5

  • 1969 Marilyn Manson

    American singer-songwriter, actor, director

  • 1932 Umberto Eco

    Italian philosopher, author

  • 1928 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

    Pakistani politician, 4th President of Pakistan

  • 1876 Konrad Adenauer

    German politician, Chancellor of West Germany

  • 1779 Stephen Decatur

    American navy officer

Deaths On This Day – January 5

  • 2016 Pierre Boulez

    French pianist, composer, conductor

  • 1970 Max Born

    German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1933 Calvin Coolidge

    American politician, 30th President of the United States

  • 1922 Ernest Shackleton

    Irish explorer

  • 1589 Catherine de' Medici

    Italian/French wife of Henry II of France

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