January 5 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1477 Battle of Nancy, Burgundy vs Switzerland, 7,000 + killed including their leader Charles Duke of Burgundy

1781 British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia

1919 German Workers’ Party forms, precursor to the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi)

1930 Mao Zedong writes “A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire”

1949 US President Harry Truman labels his administration the “Fair Deal”

Today’s Historical Events

1349 Margaretha of Bavaria names her son Willem V Earl of Holland and Zealand

1438 Pope Eugenius IV deallocated council of Basel to Ferrara

1463 French poet Francois Villon banished from Paris

1477 Battle of Nancy, Burgundy vs Switzerland, 7,000 + killed including their leader Charles Duke of Burgundy

1500 Duke Ludovico Sforza‘s troops reconquer Milan

1527 Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in Zürich, is executed by drowning. (b. 1498)

1554 Great fire in Eindhoven, Netherlands

1593 William Louis of Nassau becomes governor/viceroy of Drenthe

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1927 Fox Studios exhibits Movietone

1933 “Cavalcade” based on the play by Noël Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)

1945 Pepe LePew debuts in Warner Bros cartoon “Odor-able Kitty”

1955 KMSP TV channel 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (IND) 1st broadcast

1967 KLXA (now KTBN) TV channel 40 in Fontana-San Ana, CA (IND) begins

1970 KPTS TV channel 8 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (PBS) begins broadcasting

1970 Soap Opera “All My Children” premieres on ABC

1974 Raul Julia appears on “The Bob Newhart Show” in “Oh, Brother”

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1649 Francesco Cavalli’s opera “Giasone” premieres in Venice (the most popular opera of the 17th century)

1866 Bedřich Smetana’s first opera “Branibori v Cechach” (“The Brandenburgers in Bohemia”) premieres in Prague

1875 Charles Garnier’s new Opera opens in Paris

1896 Isaac Albéniz’ opera “Pepita Jiminez” premieres in Barcelona

1946 “Show Boat” opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances

1959 Buddy Holly releases his last record “It Doesn’t Matter”; he was killed in a plane crash 29 days later

1962 Tony Sheridan & Beatles record “My Bonnie” & “The Saints”, produced by Bert Kaempfert, in Hamburg, Germany

1963 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical “Camelot”, starring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, and Robert Goulet, closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 873 performances and winning 4 Tony Awards

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1859 1st steamboat the North Star sails up the northern Red River, America

1895 Victor Trumper makes first-class debut for NSW 17 yrs 64 days

1925 French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw, Charlie Comiskey, & Hugh Jennings

1925 England cricket openers Herbert Sutcliffe (176) and Jack Hobbs (154) display heroics in their 1st innings but the tourists sink to an 81 run defeat in the 2nd Test against Australia in Melbourne; Sutcliffe also adds 127 in the England 2nd innings

1927 Judge Landis begins 3-day public hearing on charges that 4 games played between Chicago & Detroit in 1917 had been thrown to White Sox

1931 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League

1934 National & American baseball leagues select a uniform ball

1937 Australian cricket batsmen Jack Fingleton (136) and Don Bradman (out 270 the following day) make then record stand of 346 for 6th wicket in 3rd Test vs England in Melbourne