January 05

This Day in History

1975

Hobart’s Tasman Bridge tragedy

On this day, Hobart’s Tasman Bridge was struck by a bulk ore carrier in a tragedy that killed 12 people. On that fateful evening, the carrier Lake Illawarra was attempting to pass under the Tasman … (more...)

1895

Dreyfus affair in France

French officer Alfred Dreyfus, condemned for passing military secrets to the Germans, is stripped of his rank in a humiliating public ceremony in the courtyard of Paris' Ecole Militaire. The Jewish … (more...)

1891

Australia’s Great Shearers’ Strike

The Great Shearer’s Strike of 1891 began on January 5, the largest such industrial strike in Australia until that point. It is often considered to have eventually lead to the formation of the … (more...)