- 1576 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) abjures Catholicism at Tours
- 1885 News of the fall of Khartoum reaches London
- 1885 King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal colonial possession
- 1936 "Modern Times", directed by, written by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released
The Royal Greenwich Observatory begin broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the "BBC pips".
On February 5, 1924