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Today in History - January 5th
1781 - Today in history, Richmond, VA was burned by Benedict Arnold.
1885 - The Long Island Railroad became the first to offer piggy-back service.
1900 - On this day in history, Irish leader John Edward Redmond called for a revolt against British rule.
1914 - The Ford Motor Company instituted the daily minimum wage of $5 and an eight-hour workday.
1925 - Today in history, Mrs. Nellie Taylor Ross was sworn in as the governor of Wyoming, becoming the first female Governor in the history of the USA.
1930 - Mao Tse-tung penned "A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire," on this day in history.
1933 - Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began.
1940 - Today in history, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got its very first show of FM radio.
1944 - The London "Daily Mail" was the first transatlantic news daily to be published.
1948 - On this day in history, Warner Brothers-Pathe showed the very first color newsreel.
1961 - U.S. broke diplomatic relations with Cuba.
1972 - Today in history, President Nixon ordered the expansion of the space-shuttle program.
1982 - Arkansas judge ruled against mandatory teaching of creation.
1993 - On this day in history, the state of Washington executed Westley Dodd. It was America's first legal hanging in decades.
2011 - Prince William and Kate Middleton will be married by the Archbishop of Canterbury, according to official announcement.
2012 - Today in history, President Barack Obama announced plans to cut defense spending in a greater proportion than most times in history.
SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 5th
1892 - The first successful auroral photograph was printed and shown.
1896 - Today in history, Wilhelm Roentgen discovered the type of radiation that became known as X-rays.
MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 5th
1965 - The Supremes recorded "Stop! In the Name of Love."
1978 - Today in history, The Sex Pistols' US concert debut took place.
1978 - Prince made his solo debut in Minneapolis, MN.
1975 - On this day in history, "The Wiz" opened on Broadway.
1984 - The Police announced a farewell concert in Australia.
1998 - Today in history, Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident.
SPORTS - Today in History, January 5th
1920 - New York Yankees announced purchase of Babe Ruth.
1996 - On this day in history, Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula declared his retirement.
FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - January 5th
Walter 'Fritz' Mondale 1928
Robert Duvall 1930
Alvin Ailey 1931
Diane Keaton 1946
Marilyn Manson 1970
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