What to remember about January 5th…
- 1779 American explorer and army general Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr. is born in Lamberton, New Jersey (d. 1813)
- 1781 Traitor Benedict Arnold, now a General in British army, leads loyalist troops to capture and destroy Richmond, Virginia
- 1920 New York Yankees announce the purchase of Babe Ruth from Boston Red Sox; worst baseball deal in history?
- 1933 Construction begins on the Great Depression delayed Golden Gate Bridge; most popular suicide location in the world
- 1949 President Truman gives “Fair Deal” State of the Union speech outlining national health insurance, public housing, and more
- 1967 U.S. Marines begin amphibious operations in Mekong Delta
- 1970 United Mine Workers (UMW) leader Jock Yablonski and his family found murdered in their home; investigation reveals that UMW leadership had paid for their murders for disputing election
- 1972 President Nixon signs bill authorizing Space Shuttle program
- 1976 Pol Pot, murderous, communist dictator of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, renames the country Democratic Kampuchea
- 1993 Serial killer and child molester Westley Allen Dodd is executed; last execution by hanging in the U.S.
- 1996 Palestinian master bomb maker is killed by Israel’s Shin Bet with bomb placed in his cell phone