Today in History: January 5

Today in History: January 5

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1477

Swiss troops defeat the forces under Charles the Bold of Burgundy at the Battle of Nancy.

1815

Federalists from all over New England, angered over the War of 1812, draw up the Hartford Convention, demanding several important changes in the U.S. Constitution.

1861

The merchant vessel Star of the West sets sail from New York to Fort Sumter, in response to rebel attack, carrying supplies and 250 troops.

1904

American Marines arrive in Seoul, Korea, to guard the U.S. legation there.

1914

Henry Ford astounds the world as he announces that he will pay a minimum wage of $5 a day and will share with employees $10 million in the previous year's profits.

1917

Bulgarian and German troops occupy the Port of Braila.

1919

British ships shell the Bolshevik headquarters in Riga.

1920

GOP women demand equal representation at the Republican National Convention in June.

1921

Wagner's "Die Walkyrie" opens in Paris. This is the first German opera performed in Paris since the beginning of World War I.

1923

The U.S. Senate debates the benefits of Peyote for the American Indian.

1925

Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States.

1936

Daggha Bur, Ethiopia, is bombed by the Italians.

1942

U.S. and Filipino troops complete their withdrawal to a new defensive line along the base of the Bataan peninsula.

1947

Great Britain nationalizes its coal mines.

1951

Inchon, South Korea, the site of General Douglas MacArthur's amphibious flanking maneuver, is abandoned by United Nations force to the advancing Chinese Army.

1952

Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington to confer with President Harry S. Truman.

1968

U.S. forces in Vietnam launch Operation Niagara I to locate enemy units around the Marine base at Khe Sanh.

1969

President Richard M. Nixon appoints Henry Cabot Lodge as negotiator at the Paris Peace Talks.

1971

President Richard M. Nixon names Robert Dole as chairman of the Republican National Party.

1982

A Federal judge voids a state law requiring balanced classroom treatment of evolution and creationism.

1991

The South Ossetia War (1991-92) begins as Georgian forces enter Tskhinvali, capital of South Ossetia, Georgia.

2005

Eris, largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System is discovered in images taken Oct. 21, 2003, at Palomar Observatory.