- January 5, the eve of Epiphany, celebrated as a holiday in parts of Europe and the United States and marked by feasting, merrymaking, and the lighting of bonfires.
National Bird Day
- established by bird activists. It calls upon people to recognize the plight of captive birds. It also draws attention to exploitation of birds in the U.S. pet industry. On this day, organizers suggest we reflect upon the conditions of birds held in captivity. Take the time to appreciate the native wild birds flying free outside our windows and make an effort to learn about birds both in the wild and our feathered friends that we keep as pets.
- If you're in a rush today, you could mark the day by having some plain but honourable baked beans on toast from your favourite tin. Or, to be more adventurous, you could cook up a French cassoulet, or sample some bean burritos.
American Divorce Day
- In 1643, Anne Clark was granted the first legal divorce in North America.
First Woman Governor Inaugurated
- In 1925, Nellie Tayloe (Mrs William B.) Ross became the first woman to serve as governor upon her inauguration in Wyoming. She had previously finished out the term of her husband, who had died in office. In 1974 Ella Grasso of Connecticut became the first woman to be elected governor in her own right.
National Whipped Cream Day
- January 5 is Lapin's birthday and he was born in 1914 in St. Louis. Known as Bunny (as "lapin" means "rabbit" in French), he was originally a clothes salesman but got into the food industry in the 1940s. He started selling Sta-Whip, a wartime substitute for whipping cream, and eventually put whipped cream into a new type of aerosol canister and called his product, Reddi-wip. Reddi-wip was first sold through local milkmen but it went national in 1954 and is still available today.
FM Radio Birthday
- W1XOJ was the first FM radio station, granted a construction permit by the FCC in 1937. On January 5, 1940 FM radio was demonstrated to the FCC for the first time. FM radio was assigned the 42 to 50 MHz band of the spectrum in 1940.
Bozo the Clown's Birthday
- Popular red-haired clown featured on Capitol Records, animated cartoons and syndicated versions of BOZO THE CLOWN (BOZO'S BIG TOP) since the 1950s. Bozo is a circus clown with large floppy collar, red nose and red hair that shoots from the sides of his head like a pair of red horns.
National Second Hand Wardrobe Day
- The point of this event is to drawn attention to the money and earth-saving benefits of buying used clothing rather than purchasing only new items. Second-hand Wardrobe Day is also meant to encourage people to donate clothing to thrift stores to keep the process alive! Over $10 billion worth of used merchandise is sold annually...why not take advantage of this trend to save yourself money and benefit the planet in the process?
- The first Chrysler cars were introduced on January 5, 1924, at the New York Automobile Show — one year before Chrysler Corporation itself was created. These cars, launched by Maxwell Motors, had a revolutionary new six-cylinder, high-compression engine, a seven-bearing crankshaft, carburetor air cleaner, replaceable oil filter — and four-wheel hydraulic brakes.
Mr. Ed's Birthday
- Mister Ed is an American television situation comedy produced by Filmways that first aired in syndication from January 5 to July 2, 1961 and then on CBS from October 1, 1961 to February 6, 1966
- This was updated by Catherine on January 5, 2012 -
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