Thursday, January 5, 2012

5th of January

Today is the 5th day of the year, with only 360 days remaining until the new year.

1066 - Edward the Confessor dies childless, sparking a succession crisis that will eventually lead to the Norman Conquest of England.

1527 - Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in Zurich, is executed by drowning.  The Anabaptist church relates to its successors the Amish, Mennonites, and Hutterites.

1757 - Louis XV of France survives an assassination attempt by Robert-Francois Damiens, the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, the traditional and gruesome form of capital punishment used for regicides.

1759 - George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis.

1914 - The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day's labor.

1918 - The Free Committee for a German Workers Peace, which would become the Nazi part, is founded.

1933 - Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.

1940 - FM radio is demonstrated to the Federal Communications Commission for the first time.

1972 - President Richard Nixon orders the development of a space shuttle program.

1993 - Washington state executes Westley Allan Dodd by hanging, the last legal hanging in America.

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