January 5 is Three Kings Parade (Spanish name Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos or Cavalcada de Reis Mags), one of the most favorite and beloved festival in Spain that attracts tourists from all over the world.
This Day in History
2012Died: Richard Alf, American businessman. He's best knows as co-founder of the San Diego Comic-Con International.
2007Died: Momofuku Ando, Japanese businessman, the founder of Nissin Food Products. He's famous for invention of instant noodles and Cup Noodles.
2005Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System was discovered. The discovery team used the images originally taken in 2003 at the Palomar Observatory.
2004Died: Norman Heatley, American chemist and biologist. He was a member in a team that developed penicillin. Heatley's contribution to it was developing the back extraction technique for efficient purifying of penicillin in bulk.
2003Died: Jean Kerr, American author. Best known for her bestseller Please Don't Eat the Daisies and the plays Mary, Mary and King of Hearts.
1993MV Braer, the oil tanker, run aground off Shetland, Scotland. This accident resulted in spilling 84,700 tons of oil. Fortunately, MV Braer carried crude oil, not a typical North Sea oil. This type of oil is lighter and easily biodegradable than other North Sea oils.
1981Died: Harold Urey, American chemist, Noble Prize laureate in Chemistry for discovery of deuterium. He's also known for his contribution to theories on the development of organic life from non-living matter.
1979Died: Charles Mingus, American bassist. He had a high influence as jazz double bassist and also known for his ambitious music.
1975Born: Bradley Cooper, American actor. He's famous for his roles in The Hangover trilogy, The A-Team, Limitless, The Place Beyond the Pines. People magazine named Cooper the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2011.
1972Richard Nixon ordered the development of a Space Shuttle program.
1970Died: Max Born, German physicist, mathematician, Noble Prize laureate for his fundamental research in Quantum Mechanics and statistical interpretation of the wave function.
1969Born: Brian Hugh Warner, American musician, singer and songwriter. He is better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson.
1968Alexander Dubček came to power in Czechoslovakia that marked the beginning of "Prague Spring".
1957The United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the establishment of what would later be called the Eisenhower Doctrine. According to Eisenhower's speech, the U.S forces would secure and protect any country or nation that requested aid against armed aggression from any nation controlled by communism.
1955Born: Jimmy Mulville, English comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter. He co-founded with Denise O'Donoghue and Rory McGrath the British independent television production company Hat Trick Productions. Mulville and O'Donoghue were listed by the Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.
1946Born: Diane Keaton, American actress, producer, director and screenwriter. She's best known for her role as Kay Adams-Corleone in The Godfather.
1944The Daily Mail became the very first transoceanic newspaper.
1943Died: George Washington Carver, American botanist, inventor. He developed and promoted about 100 products produced from peanuts, including paints, dyes, cosmetics, gasoline and nitroglycerin.
1942Born: Charlie Rose, American journalist, talk show host. He's the host of Charlie Rose on PBS. Among his works are also CBS This Morning and Person to Person, a news program where celebrities are interviewed in their homes.
1941Born: Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese animator, director and screenwriter. He is co-founder of Studio Ghibli (Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo). Hayao Miyazaki is considered as one of the most popular and influential animators in cinema.
1933Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in San Fransisco Bay.
1932Born: Umberto Eco, Italian author and philosopher. He's best known for his novels The Name of the Rose and The Prague Cemetery.
1919Born: Herbert Peterson, American fast food executive and food scientist. He is regarded as the inventor of the McDonald's Egg McMuffin in 1972.
1919The German Workers' Party was founded. Later it would change its name and become the Nazi Party.
1911Kappa Alpha Psi was fonded at Indiana University. Kappa Alpha Psi is the world's second oldest and largest predominantly African-American fraternity. Since its foundation the fraternity has never limited membership based on color, creed or national origin.
1906Born: Kathleen Kenyon, English archaeologist. Known leading archaeologist of Neolithic culture in the Fertile Crescent. She's been called the most influential female archaeologist of the 20th century.
1891Died: Emma Abbott, American soprano. She's known for her pure, clear and flexible voice.
1855Born: King C. Gillette, American businessman. He invented the best selling version of safety razor and founded the Gillette Company.
1846Died: Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist, painter and miniaturist. He's best known for his landscape illustrations of Oregon Territory. Agatea violaris, a violet, and Agate Island in Fiji are named in honor of Agate.
1846The U.S. States House of Representatives voted to stop sharing of Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.