On This Day for 5th February

Historical Events

  • 1576 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) abjures Catholicism at Tours
  • 1885 News of fall of Khartoum reaches London
  • 1885 King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal colonial possession
  • 1937 1st Charlie Chaplin talkie, "Modern Times," released
  • 1988 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering

Did You Know?

The Royal Greenwich Observatory begin broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the "BBC pips".

On February 5th, 1924

Famous Weddings

  • 1826 US president Millard Fillmore (26) weds Abigail Powers (27)
  • 1971 Actress Judi Dench (36) weds actor Michael Williams (35) at St Mary's Catholic Church in Hampstead, London
  • 1990 Actor Rowan Atkinson (35) weds Sunetra Sastry in New York
  • 2007 "Rudo y Cursi" Mexican actor Diego Luna (28) weds actress and model Camila Sodi (21) in Mexico City