Holidays Calendar for January 5, 2018

5 January is a religious and folk festival Tucindan in Serbia and Montenegro. Its name is related to verb tući that means “to beat”.

Guru Gobind Singh’s birthday (Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti) is a Sikh holiday celebrated on January 5. It is dedicated to the tenth and last Sikh Guru. The holiday has an official status in some Indian states.

January 5 is Social Workers’ Day in Belarus. This professional holiday was established according to a presidential decree issued on March 26, 1998.

All your favorite movies and TV shows are the result of a team effort, and screenwriters are an important part of a movie or television show team. Their contribution is crucial, but screenwriters often get less credit than directors or showrunners. National Screenwriters Day, celebrated annually on January 5, was created to rectify this.

January 5 is National Bird Day in the USA that is observed by half a million adherents who watch and study birds.

Whipped cream is that little something that makes desserts and drinks taste better. If you like it, you should totally celebrate National Whipped Cream Day on January 5.

National Keto Day is celebrated annually on January 5. It was created to raise awareness of the ketogenic diet and highlight its health benefits.

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

  • 2012 Died: Richard Alf, American businessman. He's best knows as co-founder of the San Diego Comic-Con International.
  • 2007 Died: Momofuku Ando, Japanese businessman, the founder of Nissin Food Products. He's famous for invention of instant noodles and Cup Noodles.
  • 2005 Eris, 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.
  • 2004 Died: 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.
  • 2003 Died: Jean Kerr, American author. Best known for her bestseller Please Don't Eat the Daisies and the plays Mary, Mary and King of Hearts.
  • 1993 MV 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.
  • 1981 Died: 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.
  • 1979 Died: Charles Mingus, American bassist. He had a high influence as jazz double bassist and also known for his ambitious music.
  • 1975 Born: 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.
  • 1972 Richard Nixon ordered the development of a Space Shuttle program.
  • 1970 Died: Max Born, German physicist, mathematician, Noble Prize laureate for his fundamental research in Quantum Mechanics and statistical interpretation of the wave function.
  • 1969 Born: Brian Hugh Warner, American musician, singer and songwriter. He is better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson.
  • 1968 Alexander Dubček came to power in Czechoslovakia that marked the beginning of "Prague Spring".
  • 1957 The 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.
  • 1955 Born: 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.
  • 1946 Born: Diane Keaton, American actress, producer, director and screenwriter. She's best known for her role as Kay Adams-Corleone in The Godfather.
  • 1944 The Daily Mail became the very first transoceanic newspaper.
  • 1943 Died: George Washington Carver, American botanist, inventor. He developed and promoted about 100 products produced from peanuts, including paints, dyes, cosmetics, gasoline and nitroglycerin.
  • 1942 Born: 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.
  • 1941 Born: 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.
  • 1933 Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in San Fransisco Bay.
  • 1932 Born: Umberto Eco, Italian author and philosopher. He's best known for his novels The Name of the Rose and The Prague Cemetery.
  • 1919 Born: Herbert Peterson, American fast food executive and food scientist. He is regarded as the inventor of the McDonald's Egg McMuffin in 1972.
  • 1919 The German Workers' Party was founded. Later it would change its name and become the Nazi Party.
  • 1911 Kappa 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.
  • 1906 Born: 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.
  • 1891 Died: Emma Abbott, American soprano. She's known for her pure, clear and flexible voice.
  • 1855 Born: King C. Gillette, American businessman. He invented the best selling version of safety razor and founded the Gillette Company.
  • 1846 Died: 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.
  • 1846 The U.S. States House of Representatives voted to stop sharing of Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.