January 5 - over the years
Today is Wednesday, January 5, the fifth day of 2005.
There are 360 days left in the year.
A quick recap of what has gone on this date in history
1477 - Swiss defeat and kill Charles the Bold of Burgundy at Battle of Nancy.
1762 - Tsarina Elizabeth of Russia dies, is succeeded by Peter III.
1781 - A British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns in Richmond, Virginia.
1809 - Britain and Turkey conclude Treaty of Dardanelles.
1869 - Joint Argentine, Brazilian and Uruguayan forces take Asuncion, Paraguay during Triple Alliance war.
1895 - Discovery of x-rays is announced by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen; French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, is publicly stripped of his rank. He is ultimately vindicated.
1919 - Communist Spartacist revolt begins in Berlin; Nationalist Socialist Party formed in Germany.
1925 - Nellie T Ross succeeds her late husband as governor of Wyoming, becoming the first female governor in US history.
1929 - King Alexander I suppresses Yugoslav Constitution and establishes dictatorship.
1949 - In his State of the Union address, US President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal.
1964 - Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Benedictos of Jerusalem meet in Holy Land on Mount of Olives - the first meeting in five centuries between a Roman Catholic pope and Eastern Orthodox Church patriarch. It is also the first papal pilgrimage to the holy land.
1972 - US President Richard Nixon orders the development of the space shuttle.
1987 - Cheering students in China burn hundreds of copies of newspaper Peking Daily to protest government publication's harsh criticism of student demonstrations.
1990 - An American container ship and a Panamanian tanker collide off Texas coast causing container ship to leak fuel oil into Gulf of Mexico.
1991 - Cuba and the Soviet Union sign agreement ending trade at easy terms and artificially low prices.
1992 - Rebels pound Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia's stronghold with rockets and machine guns and he offers to hold a referendum on their demand that he resign.
1993 - The tanker Braer runs aground on the Shetland Islands and spills 26 million gallons of oil in the next few days;
1994 - Easing fears of a nuclear arms race in northeast Asia, the Clinton administration says North Korea has agreed to allow renewed international inspection of seven nuclear sites.
1995 - With oil tanks ablaze on the horizon, troops move in to quell a peasant uprising in southern Colombia that reportedly leaves one child dead and costs millions of dollars in oil revenue.
1996 - Yehiya Ayyash, the suspected mastermind of a string of suicide attacks that killed dozens of Israelis, dies when a booby-trapped mobile phone blows up in his hands in the Gaza Strip.
1997 - French trains are diverted to pick up stranded skiers, and German rail stations are converted into homeless shelters as the death toll from Europe's longest cold spell in a decade passes 230.
1998 - Arab interior ministers give preliminary approval to an accord to combat terrorism in the Middle East.
1999 - Four US jets fire on, and miss, four Iraqi MiGs testing the "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq in the first air-to-air confrontation in more than six years.
2000 - Two US medical firms and a Dutch organization offer to pay up to $2.36 million to Dutch hemophiliacs infected with the AIDS virus during blood transfusions in the 1980s; INS Commissioner Doris Meissner rules that 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez "belongs with his father" and must be returned to Cuba.
2001 - A neurosurgeon in New York twice accused of operating on the wrong side of patients' brains is cleared of charges and has his license restored.
2002 - A 15-year-old student pilot crashes a single-engine airplane into a skyscraper in downtown Tampa, Florida, killing himself and damaging the building. No one else is harmed in the incident.
2003 - Two Palestinians carry out a coordinated suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, the Israeli capital, killing themselves, 22 others and injuring more than 100. The attack marks the first suicide bombing in Israel since November 2002
2004 - China orders some 10,000 civet cats in wildlife markets killed in its southern province of Guangdong after genetic tests suggest a link to a suspected SARS case.
Konrad Adenauer, German statesman (1876-1967)
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani prime minister (1928-1979)
Friedrich Duerrenmatt, Swiss playwright and novelist (1921-1990)
Robert Duvall, US actor (1931--)
Umberto Eco, Italian writer (1932--)
Charlie Rose, US talk show host/journalist (1942--)
Diane Keaton, US actress (1946--)
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, cricketer
Kapil Dev, cricketer (1959- -)
AR Rahman, music director (1967- -)