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5th January

1787 * John Burke, British genealogist, founder of Burke's Peerage.

1896 German physicist Rontgen gave the first demonstration of x-rays.

1931 * Robert Duvall, US film actor who starred in the film Apocalypse Now (1979).

1940 FM radio demonstrated for the first time in the US by Major Edward H. Armstrong.

1943 * Ferreira da Silva Eusébio, Brazilian soccer player.

1945 * Diane Keaton (Diane Hall), US film actress who won an Oscar for Annie Hall (1977).

1952 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in the United States for his first official visit since re-election.

1964 First meeting between Roman Catholic and Orthodox Church leaders for 400 years.

1968 Alexander Dubceck became the new Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia.

1971 One day cricket first played between England and Australia at Melbourne.

1972 President Nixon ordered the development of the space shuttle.

1976 A new law made French the only language allowed in advertising throughout France.

1976 Ten Protestant men were shot dead as they return home from work in a mini-bus in Northern Ireland.

1981 police arrested a 35-year-old lorry driver Peter William Sutcliffe, from Bradford, suspected of carrying out 13 murders across West Yorkshire.

1993 A tanker Liberian-registered MV Braer carrying 85,000 tonnes of crude oil ran aground in hurricane force winds off the Shetland Islands.

2001 A report revealed the former GP Harold Shipman may have killed more than 300 of his patients.

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