On This Day in History, January 5

Let’s explore the significant events that made news on this day in history, January 5. Here is a breakdown of these events for your understanding.

  • 1909 – An agreement was signed between Columbia, Panama, and the United States to make Panama an independent state.
  • 1933 – Work started on The Golden Gate Bridge across the San Francisco Bay.
  • 1939Amelia Earhart was declared officially dead.
  • 1940 – The Federal Communications Commission listened to a demo of FM radio.
  • 1949 – President Harry S. Truman gave his “fair deal speech”.
  • 1952 – Winston Churchill arrived in the United States for the first time since re-election and for an official visit.
  • 1959 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the Middle East as a Cold War battleground.
  • 1967 – Actor Lee Marvin (42) divorced Elizabeth Ebeling after 14 years of marriage.
  • 1970 – German physicist and Nobel Prize laureate Max Born died on this day.
  • 1972President Richard Nixon signed a bill authorizing $5.5 million in funding to develop a space shuttle, which would represent a giant leap forward in the technology of space travel.
  • 1982 – A tragic landslide occurrence took place near San Francisco. It killed 33 people and caused the closing of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • 1993 – The 103rd Congress met to propose action concerning the revitalization of the American economy.
  • 1993 – The oil tanker MV Braer ran aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands.
  • 1998 – Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident.
  • 2001 – A public inquiry concluded that the former GP Harold Shipman killed more than 300 of his patients, making him the worst serial killer in British history.
  • 2005 – The solar system’s largest known dwarf planet (Eris) was discovered.
  • 2010 – The severe Weather in the UK and one of the coldest snaps in decades, led to severe disruption to the transport system.
  • 2011 – The United States House of Representatives was formally taken over by the new Republican majority.
  • 2013 -Thousands of people were left stranded after bushfires devastated the island of Tasmania.
  • 2014 -A small plane had to make an emergency landing in The Bronx borough of New York City after experiencing some engine failure.

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