January 5: Day of the Week
January 5, 2017 was the 5th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 360 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
January 5 Historical Event(s)
- 1066Edward the Confessor dies childless, sparking a succession crisis that will eventually lead to the Norman conquest of England.
- 1554A great fire occurs in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
- 1782American Revolutionary War: French troops begin a siege of a British garrison on Brimstone Hill in Saint Kitts.
- 1846The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.
- 1895Dreyfus affair: French army officer Alfred Dreyfus is stripped of his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island.
- 1912The Prague Party Conference takes place.
- 1914The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day’s labor.
- 1925Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming becomes the first female governor in the United States.
- 1957In a speech given to the United States Congress, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces the establishment of what will later be called the Eisenhower Doctrine.
- 2008Mikheil Saakashvili wins his second term as President of Georgia in the snap election.
Who were born on January 5?
- 1931Alfred Brendel, Austrian pianist
- 1931Robert Duvall, American actor
- 1932Raisa Gorbachova, wife of Mikhail Gorbachev (d. 1999)
- 1936Florence King, American humorist
- 1947Mercury Morris, American football player
- 1949George Brown, American drummer (Kool & The Gang)
- 1953Mike Rann, Australian politician
- 1965Vinnie Jones, British footballer-turned-actor
- 1980Bennie Joppru, American football player
- 1982Benoît Vaugrenard, French cyclist
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