History of 5 January

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  • 1993 – The state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd. It was America’s first legal hanging since 1965. Dodd was an admitted child sex killer.
  • 1996 – Yahya Ayyash, a member of the Hamas in Israel, is killed by a booby-trapped cellular phone.
  • 1998 – U.S. Representative Sonny Bono died in skiing accident.
  • 2002 – A 15 year-old student pilot, Charles Bishop, crashed a small plane into a building in Tampa, FL. Bishop was about to begin a flying lesson when he took off without permission and without an instructor.
  • 2005 – The dwarf planet Eris is discovered by Palomar Observatory-based astronomers, later motivating the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to define the term planet for the first time.
  • 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.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Deadmau5 (Joel Thomas Zimmerman), Canadian musician
  • 1982 – Janica Kostelić, Croatian skier
  • 1984 – Derrick Atkins, Bahamian sprinter
  • 1984 – Matt Ballin, Australian rugby league player
  • 1984 – Bronx Goodwin, Australian rugby league player
  • 1985 – Filinga Filiga, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1985 – Diego Vera, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1986 – Deepika Padukone, Indian actress
  • 1987 – Dexter Bean, American race car driver
  • 1987 – Stuart Flanagan, Australian rugby league player
  • 1988 – Azizulhasni Awang, Malaysian track cyclist
  • 1988 – Luke Daniels, English footballer
  • 1989 – Krisztián Németh, Hungarian footballer
  • 1990 – Mark Nicholls, Australian rugby league player
  • 1991 – Denis Alibec, Romanian footballer
  • 1993 – Stefan Rzadzinski, Canadian race car driver
  • 1994 – Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Australian rugby league player
  • 1994 – Tyrone Phillips, Australian rugby league player
  • 1995 – Toafofoa Sipley, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1996 – James Fisher-Harris, New Zealand rugby league player