What Happened on February 5, 1948

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
  • Dick Button becomes 1st US figure skating Olympic champion
  • Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion

Famous Birthdays

  • Barbara Hershey, [Herzstein], (Stuntman, Shy People), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Christopher Guest, American actor (SNL, Heartbeeps, This is Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • David Denny, rock guitarist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra)
  • Elco [LC] Brinkman, Dutch minister WVC (CDA)
  • Nigel Tufnel, rocker (Spinal Tap)
  • Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager
  • Tom Wilkinson, English actor, born in West Yorkshire, England

Famous Deaths

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