On This Day

What Happened on February 5, 1948

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
  • 18 year old Dick Button becomes first American men's figure skating Olympic gold medallist at the St. Moritz Winter Games; first to complete a double axel in competition; retains title in 1952
  • Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion

Famous Birthdays

  • Barbara Hershey [Herzstein], American actress (Stuntman, Shy People), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Christopher Guest, American actor (SNL, Heartbeeps, This is Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • David Denny, American rock guitar player (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra), born in Berkeley, California
  • Elco Brinkman, Dutch politician, born in Dirksland, Netherlands
  • Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager & player, born in Sunne, Sweden
  • Tom Wilkinson, English actor, born in West Yorkshire, England

Famous Deaths

  • Johann Blaskowitz, German general (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64