29 fun facts for January, 5

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
January 5th is a day filled with fascinating events, from the historic moments like the telegraph's first demonstration and construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, to cultural milestones like the birth of J. D. Salinger and the release of Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks." Space exploration, U.S. politics, and volunteer firefighting also share the spotlight on this memorable day.
29 Fun facts
  1. January 5th is National Bird Day in the United States, which celebrates and raises awareness about the unique needs of birds and the importance of bird conservation.
  2. On January 5, 1759, George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis, thus becoming the first American president to hold the office as a married man.
  3. The Regulating Act of 1773, an act of the British Parliament that led to major institutional changes in the British East India Company, was passed on January 5, 1773.
  4. On January 5, 1781, a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned the Virginia city of Richmond.
  5. In 1811, the Mameluke Dynasty in Egypt was extinguished when over 500 Mamluk soldiers were massacred by troops of Muhammad Ali of Egypt on January 5.
  6. On January 5, 1895, French Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish artillery officer erroneously convicted of giving military secrets to the Germans, was stripped of his rank in a humiliating public ceremony, later inspiring the famous document "J'Accuse!" by writer Émile Zola.
  7. In 1909, Colombia recognized Panama's independence on January 5, after pressure from the United States.
  8. On January 5, 1914, the Ford Motor Company announced it would pay its factory workers a minimum wage of $5 per day, more than doubling the average wage at the time.
  9. The controversial "Mona Lisa" (La Joconde) painting was displayed in the United States for the first time at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., on January 5, 1963.
  10. On January 5, 1972, the New York Times published its first op-ed section in response to the 1971 Pentagon Papers case.
  11. On January 5, 1976, the game show "Wheel of Fortune" premiered on NBC in the United States.
  12. The United Nations' International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies began on January 5, 2015.
  13. Australia is celebrating its National Volunteer Firefighter Day on January 5, in honor of the brave men and women who fight bushfires for no monetary gain.
  14. On January 5, 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail demonstrated the telegraph for the first time, a key moment in the history of communication.
  15. The notorious California train robber, Charles Bolton, was arrested on January 5, 1883.
  16. January 5, 1925 marked the inauguration of Nellie Tayloe Ross as the first female governor of a U.S. state – Wyoming.
  17. Famous American writer J. D. Salinger, known for his renowned novel "The Catcher in the Rye," was born on January 5, 1919.
  18. On January 5, 1933, construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, which would become a world-famous landmark.
  19. Professional baseball player and American sports icon George Herman "Babe" Ruth was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 5, 1936.
  20. On January 5, 1949, then U.S. President Harry S. Truman unveiled his domestic policy program, known as the Fair Deal, which aimed to expand social security, provide low-income housing, and increase the minimum wage.
  21. Famed model and actress Diane Keaton, known for her roles in films like "Annie Hall" and "The Godfather," was born on January 5, 1946.
  22. On January 5, 1959, the Soviet spacecraft Luna 1 became the first man-made object to fly past the Moon and enter into a heliocentric orbit.
  23. Elvis Presley celebrated his 21st birthday on January 5, 1956, by recording "Heartbreak Hotel" at RCA Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
  24. On January 5, 1975, the album "Blood on the Tracks" by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was released.
  25. The trial of Patty Hearst, the 19-year-old newspaper heiress kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, began on January 5, 1976.
  26. In 1980, on January 5, singer AC/DC's first UK album, "Highway to Hell," went platinum.
  27. The Soviet Union launched the spacecraft Soyuz TM-7 on January 5, 1988, carrying three cosmonauts to space for a mission to the Mir space station.
  28. On January 5, 2005, the nuclear submarine USS San Francisco collided with an undersea mountain, injuring dozens and killing one sailor.
  29. January 5, 2015 marked the day SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, which would set the stage for future reusable rocket technology.