Events in History on February 5

  • 816 Frankish emperor Louis grants archbishop Salzburg immunity

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1428 King Alfonso V, orders Sicily's Jews to attend conversion sermons

  • 1488 Roman catholic German emperor Maximilian I caught in Belgium
  • 1512 French troops under Gaston de Foix rescues Bologna

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1556 Kings Henri I & Philip II sign Treaty of Vaucelles

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • 1572 Beggars assault Oisterwijk Neth, drive nuns out
  • 1576 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) abjures Catholicism at Tours
  • 1597 A group of early Japanese Christians are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society.

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1631 Rhode Island, founder, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • 1644 1st US livestock branding law passed, by Connecticut

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1649 Prince of Wales proclaimed King Charles II of Great Britian by Covenanter Parliament of Scotland

  • 1663 Charlevoix Earthquake in Quebec, felt strongly in New England
  • 1679 German emperor Leopold I signs peace with France
  • 1736 Methodists John & Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1777 Georgia becomes 1st US state to abolish both entail & primogeniture
  • 1778 Articles of Confederation ratified by 1st state, South Carolina
  • 1782 Spanish take Minorca (western Mediterranean) from British
  • 1783 Earthquakes ravage Calabria, killing 30,000
  • 1783 Sweden recognizes US independence
  • 1795 Zealand, Netherlands, surrenders to French general Michaud
  • 1817 1st US gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
  • 1818 Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
  • 1825 Hannah Lord Montague of NY creates 1st detachable shirt collar
  • 1831 Jan van Speijk blows up his gunboat in Antwerp, killing about 30
  • 1846 "Oregon Spectator" is 1st newspaper to be published on the West Coast
  • 1850 Adding machine employing depressible keys patented, New Paltz, NY
  • 1859 Wallachia and Moldavia are united under Alexander John Cuza as the United Principalities.
  • 1861 Kinematoscope patented by Coleman Sellers, Philadelphia
  • 1861 Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress (US Civil War)
  • 1864 Federals occupy Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1865 Battle of Hatcher's Run, VA (Armstrong's Mill, Dabney's Mill)
  • 1870 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia
  • 1879 Joseph Swan demonstrates light bulb using carbon glow
  • 1881 Phoenix, Az incorporates
  • 1885 News of fall of Khartoum reaches London
  • 1885 King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal colonial possession
  • 1887 Snow falls on San Francisco
  • 1893 Alfred Naess skates world record 500m (49.4 sec)
  • 1894 Female suffrage organization in Amsterdam forms
  • 1897 Marcel Proust meets Jean Lorrain in a pistol duel
  • 1900 British troops under Gen Buller occupy Vaal Krantz, Natal
  • 1900 The United States and the United Kingdom sign treaty for Panama Canal
  • 1901 Loop-the-loop centrifugal RR (roller coaster) patented by Ed Prescot
  • 1901 Pierpont Morgan forms US Steel Corp
  • 1904 American occupation of Cuba ends
  • 1916 Enrico Caruso recorded "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Co
  • 1917 Congress overrides Wilson's veto, curtailing Asian immigration
  • 1917 Morosco Theater opens at 217 W 45th St NYC (demolished 1982)

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1917 The last of the American troops commanded by General John Pershing leave Mexico; President Carranza will be assassinated within the next year

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • 1918 1st US pilot to down an enemy airplane, Stephen W Thompson
  • 1918 Separation of church & state begins in USSR
  • 1919 NL pres John Heydler dismisses charges that Hal Chase bet against his team & threw games in collusion with gamblers
  • 1921 Yankees purchase 20 acres in Bronx for Yankee Stadium
  • 1922 Reader's Digest magazine 1st published
  • 1923 General mine strike against wage cuts in Saar
  • 1923 Mass arrests of socialists & communists in Italy
  • 1930 5th Aliyah to Israel begins
  • 1931 Maxine Dunlap becomes 1st US women to earn a glider pilot license
  • 1933 Marinus van der Lubbe passes Dutch/German boundary
  • 1936 National Wildlife Federation forms

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1937 FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court, "court packing" plan failed

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1938 Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500m (41.8 sec)
  • 1938 3rd British Empire Games open in Sydney, Australia
  • 1940 Gen Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
  • 1941 Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to Netherlands
  • 1943 Amsterdam resistance group CS-6 shoots nazi general Seyffardt
  • 1943 Clandestine Radio Atlantiksender, Germany, 1st transmission
  • 1944 358 RAF bombers attack Stettin

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1945 US troops under General Douglas MacArthur enter Manilla

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1946 The Chondoist Chongu Party is founded in North Korea.
  • 1947 Bolewet Beirut becomes president of Poland
  • 1953 "Peter Pan" by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC
  • 1953 Sweet rationing imposed in WWII ends in Britain
  • 1957 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd Piano Concert
  • 1958 Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US black foreign minister (Romania)
  • 1958 Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st president of United Arab Republic
  • 1958 Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km
  • 1959 Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide
  • 1962 French President de Gaulle calls for Algeria's independence
  • 1962 Suit to bar Englewood NJ from "racial segregated" schools, filed
  • 1962 Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn within 16 degrees
  • 1963 Maarten Schmidt discovers enormous red shifts in quasars
  • 1963 Soviet lunar probe failure
  • 1965 Beursschouwburg opens in Brussels
  • 1967 Anastasio Somoza Debayle elected President of Nicaragua
  • 1967 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Robert Penn Warren
  • 1968 Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh begins.
  • 1968 A fishing trawler from Hull sinks off the coast of Iceland
  • 1969 US population reaches 200 million
  • 1970 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1971 Apollo 14, 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard & Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hrs
  • 1972 "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
  • 1972 US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage
  • 1972 Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely
  • 1973 Comic strip "Hagar The Horrible" debuted
  • 1973 Funeral for LC William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam War
  • 1973 Juan Corona sentenced to 25 consecutive life terms for 25 murders
  • 1974 British miners begin their strike in reaction to the three-day week
  • 1974 Maximum speed on Autobahn reduced to 100 kph
  • 1974 US Mariner 10 returns 1st close-up photos of Venus' cloud structure
  • 1974 John Murtha becomes the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the Congress of the United States.
  • 1974 Randolph Hearst’s 19-year-old daughter, Patty Hearst, is kidnapped from their home in California
  • 1976 Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies
  • 1977 "CB Savage" by Rod Hart peaks at #67
  • 1977 "Dis-Gorilla (part 1)" by Rick Dees peaks at #56
  • 1977 "In The Mood" by Henhouse 5 Plus Too (Ray Stevens) peaks at #40
  • 1977 "Turn Loose On My Leg" by Jim Stafford peaks at #98
  • 1977 "Up Your Nose" by Gabriel Kaplan peaks at #91
  • 1977 Sugar Ray Leonard beats Luis Vega in 6 rounds in his 1st pro fight
  • 1977 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • 1977 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • 1979 Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time
  • 1980 Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel
  • 1981 Largest Jell-O made (9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavor) in Brisbane
  • 1981 Milt jury in NC convicts Robert Garwood of collaborating with enemy
  • 1982 Chin A Sen ends term as president of Suriname
  • 1982 DEA announces seizure of 3,192 tons of marijuana, 495 people
  • 1982 British airline Laker Airways collapses owing 270M pounds ($351M)
  • 1982 Suriname pres Chin A Sen resigns & flees to Neth
  • 1983 Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie brought to trial
  • 1984 NZ beat England (82 & 93) by an innings in 3 days

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1986 Corazon Aquino & Ferdinand Marcos appear on "Nightline"

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • 1987 Dow Jones avg closes above 2,200 for 1st time
  • 1987 Soyuz TM-2 launches

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1988 1st prime-time wrestling match in 30 yrs-Andre beats Hulk Hogan

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1988 Arizona House of Reps vote to impeach Republican Gov Evan Mecham

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1988 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1991 A Michigan court bars Dr Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides
  • 1991 All American Bowl ends after 14 years
  • 1991 Big East Football conference forms

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1992 Jury selection begins in the LA police beating Rodney King case

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 1993 Grenade explodes in Sarajevo, killing 63 & injuring 160
  • 1993 R James Woolsey, becomes 16th director of CIA
  • 1994 Medgar Evers' murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson Miss, 30 years after the crime
  • 1994 68 killed and 200 wounded after a mortar bomb is set off in Sarajevo
  • 1995 Japan's Shinshinto Party wins local elections
  • 1995 Sandra Volker swims female European record 50m backstroke: 27.77
  • 1996 British supermarket chains stock genetically modified tomato puree - the first GM food to be sold in the country
  • 1997 3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund
  • 1997 Japan's Ministry of Finance announces plans to cut import tariffs on crude oil and most petroleum products
  • 1998 Alberto Acciarito convicted of harassing his ex-wife Ingrid Rossellini
  • 1998 Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped Dec 22nd)
  • 2004 Twenty-three Chinese people drown when a group of 35 cockle-pickers are trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay, England. Twenty-one bodies are recovered.
  • 2004 Rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capture the city of Gonaïves, starting the 2004 Haiti rebellion.
  • 2004 54th Berlin International Film Festival: "Head-On" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2008 A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States leaves at least 58 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.
  • 2009 The United States Navy guided missile cruiser Port Royal runs aground off Oahu, Hawaii, damaging the ship as well as a coral reef.
  • 2009 59th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Milk of Sorrow" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2013 UK House of Commons votes in favour of same-sex marriage
  • 2013 The US Postal Service announces the cessation of Saturday first-class mail delivery from August 2013
  • 2014 Archaeologists decrypt the 13th C Viking jötunvillur runic code

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2014 US President Obama and journalists globally call for the release of 3 Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2015 65th Berlin International Film Festival: "Taxi" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2016 Computer hackers try to steal 1 billion from Federal Reserve Bank of New York using Bangladesh banking codes, steal 81 million before a typo alerts authorities