On This Day 5 January

Important Days

National Bird Day

National Whipped Cream Day


Important Events

1911 – Kappa Alpha Psi, the world’s third oldest and largest black fraternity, is founded at Indiana University.



1912 – The 6th All-Russian Conference of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (Prague Party Conference) opens. In the course of the conference, Vladimir Lenin and his supporters break from the rest of the party to form the Bolshevik movement.



2014 – A launch of the communication satellite GSAT-14 aboard the GSLV MK.II D5 marks the first successful flight of an Indian cryogenic engine.


Births/Birth Anniversary

1893 – Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian-American guru and philosopher

1934 – Murli Manohar Joshi, Indian politician

1941 – Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Indian cricketer and coach (d. 2011)

1955 – Mamata Banerjee, Indian lawyer and politician, Chief Minister of West Bengal

1986 – Deepika Padukone, Indian actress


Deaths/Death Anniversary

1952 – Victor Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow, Scottish colonel and politician, 46th Governor-General of India (b. 1887)

2018 – Thomas Bopp, American astronomer best known as the co-discoverer of comet Hale–Bopp (b. 1949)


2018 – Karin von Aroldingen, German ballerina (b. 1941)


2019 – Bernice Sandler, American women’s rights activist (b. 1928)


2019 – Dragoslav Šekularac, Serbian footballer and manager (b. 1937)