Today in History -5 January

Important Events

1477 Battle of Nancy, Burgundy vs Switzerland, 7,000 + killed including their leader Charles Duke of Burgundy
1781 British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia
1919 German Workers’ Party forms, precursor to the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi)
1930 Mao Zedong writes “A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire”
1949 US President Harry Truman labels his administration the “Fair Deal”

Jan 5 in Film & TV

1933 “Cavalcade” based on the play by Noël Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)

Jan 5 in Music

1649 Francesco Cavalli’s opera “Giasone” premieres in Venice (the most popular opera of the 17th century)

Jan 5 in Sport

1993 Brian Lara scores his maiden test century, 277 runs West Indies v Australia at cricket at the Sydney Cricket Ground

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