On January 5:
“Washington’s Family” by Edward Savage, painted between 1789 and 1796, shows (from left to right): George Washington Parke Custis, George Washington, Eleanor Parke Custis, Martha, and an enslaved servant: probably William Lee or Christopher Sheels.
1767 Jean-Baptiste Say, French economist, originator of Say’s Law, was born.
1889 – Preston North End was declared winner of the original football league.
1917 Jane Wyman, American actress, was born.
1918 – The Free Committee for a German Workers Peace, which would become the Nazi party, was founded.
1932 Umberto Eco, Italian writer, was born.
1933 – Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in San Francisco Bay.
1938 King Juan Carlos I of Spain, was born.
1969 Marilyn Manson, American singer, was born.
1977 The occupation of Bastion Point started.
1993 – The oil tanker MV Braer ran aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil.
1993 – Washington state executed Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (the last legal hanging in America).
2005 – Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, was discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.
Eris (centre) and Dysnomia (left of centre).
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.