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Thursday 5 January 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • National Bird Day (United States)
  • The Twelfth day of Christmas and the Twelfth Night of Christmas. (Western Christianity)

Events

  • 2014 – A launch of the communication satellite GSAT-14 aboard the GSLV MK.II D5 marks the first successful flight of an Indian cryogenic engine.
  • 2005 – Eris, the most massive and second-largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System, is discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.
  • 1993 – The oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil.
  • 1991 – The United States Embassy to Somalia in Mogadishu is evacuated by helicopter airlift days after violence enveloped Mogadishu during the Somali Civil War
  • 1974 – Warmest reliably measured temperature below the Antarctic Circle of +59 °F (+15 °C) recorded at Vanda Station
  • 1972 – United States President Richard Nixon orders the development of a Space Shuttle program.
  • 1957 – In a speech given to the United States Congress, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces the establishment of what will later be called the Eisenhower Doctrine.
  • 1953 – The play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett is first performed.
  • 1949 – United States President Harry S. Truman unveils his Fair Deal program.
  • 1944 – The Daily Mail becomes the first transoceanic newspaper.
  • 1933 – Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.
  • 1925 – Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming becomes the first female governor in the United States.
  • 1919 – The German Workers' Party, which would become the Nazi Party, is founded.
  • 1914 – The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday, but entitlement to the higher was subject to various restrictions.
  • 1913 – First Balkan War: During the Battle of Lemnos, Greek admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis forces the Turkish fleet to retreat to its base within the Dardanelles, from which it did not venture for the rest of the war.
  • 1911 – Kappa Alpha Psi, the world's third oldest and largest black fraternity, is founded at Indiana University.
  • 1882 – Charles J. Guiteau is found guilty of assassinating US President James A. Garfield, and is sentenced to death by hanging.
  • 1875 – The Palais Garnier, one of the most famous opera houses in the world, is inaugurated in Paris.
  • 1846 – The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.
  • 1781 – American Revolutionary War: Richmond, Virginia, is burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold.
  • 1757 – Louis XV of France survives an assassination attempt by Robert-François Damiens, the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, the traditional and gruesome form of capital punishment used for regicides.
  • 1477 – Battle of Nancy: Charles the Bold is killed and Burgundy becomes part of France.
  • Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (Harbin, China)

Births

  • 1991 – Eric Fisher, American football player
  • 1991 – Soner Aydoğdu, Turkish footballer
  • 1978 – January Jones, American actress
  • 1976 – Matt Wachter, American bass player
  • 1975 – Bradley Cooper, American actor and producer
  • 1975 – Mike Grier, American ice hockey player and scout
  • 1975 – Warrick Dunn, American football player
  • 1969 – Marilyn Manson, American singer-songwriter, actor, and director
  • 1969 – Shaun Micheel, American golfer
  • 1968 – Carrie Ann Inaba, American actress, dancer, and choreographer
  • 1967 – Joe Flanigan, American actor
  • 1966 – Kate Schellenbach, American drummer
  • 1965 – Ricky Paull Goldin, American actor and producer
  • 1964 – Grant Young, American drummer
  • 1963 – Jeff Fassero, American baseball player and coach
  • 1962 – Danny Jackson, American baseball player and manager
  • 1962 – Suzy Amis, American actress and model
  • 1961 – Iris DeMent, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1959 – Clancy Brown, American actor
  • 1958 – Ron Kittle, American baseball player and manager
  • 1954 – Alex English, American basketball player and coach
  • 1953 – George Tenet, American civil servant and academic, 18th Director of Central Intelligence
  • 1953 – Pamela Sue Martin, American actress
  • 1950 – Chris Stein, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1948 – Ted Lange, American actor
  • 1947 – Mike DeWine, American lawyer and politician, 59th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
  • 1946 – Diane Keaton, American actress, director, and businesswoman
  • 1945 – Chuck McKinley, American tennis player (d. 1986)
  • 1945 – Sam Wyche, American football player and coach
  • 1944 – Ed Rendell, American lieutenant and politician, 45th Governor of Pennsylvania
  • 1942 – Charlie Rose, American journalist and talk show host
  • 1941 – Chuck McKinley, American tennis player (d. 1986)
  • 1941 – Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese animator, director, and screenwriter
  • 1936 – Florence King, American journalist and memoirist (d. 2016)
  • 1934 – Phil Ramone, South African-American songwriter and producer, co-founded A & R Recording (d. 2013)
  • 1932 – Chuck Noll, American football player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1931 – Alvin Ailey, American dancer and choreographer, founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (d. 1989)
  • 1931 – Robert Duvall, American actor and director
  • 1930 – Al Masini, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1929 – Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer, pianist, guitarist and harmonica player (d. 1994)
  • 1928 – Walter Mondale, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 42nd Vice President of the United States
  • 1927 – Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, American guru and author, founded Iraivan Temple (d. 2001)
  • 1926 – Hosea Williams, American businessman and activist (d. 2000)
  • 1926 – W. D. Snodgrass, American poet (d. 2009)
  • 1923 – Sam Phillips, American radio host and producer, founded Sun Records (d. 2003)
  • 1919 – Herb Peterson, American businessman (d. 2008)
  • 1917 – Francis L. Kellogg, American businessman and diplomat (d. 2006)
  • 1917 – Jane Wyman, American actress (d. 2007)
  • 1917 – Lucienne Day, English textile designer (d. 2010)
  • 1914 – George Reeves, American actor and director (d. 1959)
  • 1914 – Nicolas de Staël, Russian-French painter and illustrator (d. 1955)
  • 1913 – Nejat Eczacıbaşı, Turkish-American chemist, businessman, and philanthropist, founded Eczacıbaşı (d. 1993)
  • 1910 – Hugh Brannum, American actor and singer (d. 1987)
  • 1909 – Lucienne Bloch, Swiss-American sculptor, painter, and photographer (d. 1995)
  • 1909 – Stephen Cole Kleene, American mathematician and computer scientist (d. 1994)
  • 1908 – George Dolenz, Italian-American actor (d. 1963)
  • 1904 – Jeane Dixon, American astrologer and psychic (d. 1997)
  • 1900 – Yves Tanguy, French-American painter (d. 1955)
  • 1895 – Alberto Massimino, Italian automotive engineer (d. 1975)
  • 1893 – Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian-American guru and philosopher (d. 1952)
  • 1892 – Agnes von Kurowsky, American nurse (d. 1984)
  • 1882 – Herbert Bayard Swope, American journalist (d. 1958)
  • 1874 – Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)
  • 1871 – Frederick Converse, American composer and academic (d. 1940)
  • 1865 – Ban Johnson, American businessman, founded the Western League (d. 1931)
  • 1864 – Bob Caruthers, American baseball player and manager (d. 1911)
  • 1855 – King Camp Gillette, American businessman, founded the Gillette Company (d. 1932)
  • 1793 – Harvey Putnam, American lawyer and politician (d. 1855)
  • 1779 – Stephen Decatur, American commander (d. 1820)
  • 1778 – Zebulon Pike, American general and explorer (d. 1813)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Bernard Joseph McLaughlin, American bishop (b. 1912)
  • 2014 – Carmen Zapata, American actress (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Frederica Sagor Maas, American author, playwright, and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 2010 – Kenneth Noland, American painter (b. 1924)
  • 2010 – Willie Mitchell, American singer-songwriter, trumpet player, and producer (b. 1928)
  • 2009 – Griffin Bell, American lawyer and politician, 72nd United States Attorney General (b. 1918)
  • 2007 – Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese businessman, founded Nissin Foods (b. 1910)
  • 2005 – Danny Sugerman, American talent manager and author (b. 1954)
  • 2004 – Norman Heatley, English biologist and chemist, co-developed penicillin (b. 1911)
  • 1998 – Sonny Bono, American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and politician (b. 1935)
  • 1997 – Burton Lane, American composer and songwriter (b. 1912)
  • 1994 – Tip O'Neill, American lawyer and politician, 55th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1912)
  • 1990 – Arthur Kennedy, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 1988 – Pete Maravich, American basketball player (b. 1947)
  • 1985 – Robert L. Surtees, American cinematographer (b. 1906)
  • 1982 – Hans Conried, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 1981 – Harold Urey, American chemist and astronomer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1893)
  • 1979 – Billy Bletcher, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (b. 1894)
  • 1979 – Charles Mingus, American bassist, composer, bandleader (b. 1922)
  • 1978 – Wyatt Emory Cooper, American author and screenwriter (b. 1927)
  • 1971 – Douglas Shearer, Canadian-American sound designer and engineer (b. 1899)
  • 1963 – Rogers Hornsby, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1896)
  • 1954 – Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player and manager (b. 1891)
  • 1951 – Soh Jaipil, South Korean-American journalist and activist (b. 1864)
  • 1947 – Charles Schlee, Danish-American cyclist (b. 1873)
  • 1943 – George Washington Carver, American botanist, educator, and inventor (b. 1864)
  • 1942 – Tina Modotti, Italian photographer, model, actress, and activist (b. 1896)
  • 1933 – Calvin Coolidge, American lawyer and politician, 30th President of the United States (b. 1872)
  • 1899 – Ezra Otis Kendall, American professor, astronomer and mathematician (b. 1818)
  • 1860 – John Neumann, Czech-American bishop and saint (b. 1811)
  • 1846 – Alfred Thomas Agate, American painter and illustrator (b. 1812)
  • 1796 – Samuel Huntington, American jurist and politician, 18th Governor of Connecticut (b. 1731)
  • 1762 – Elizabeth of Russia (b. 1709)
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