What Happened on February 5

Significant Events

  • 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
  • 1969 US population reaches 200 million
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February 5 in Film & TV

  • 1936 "Modern Times", silent film directed by, written by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released

February 5 in Music

  • 1887 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy, Verdi's first new opera for over 15 years

February 5 in Sport

  • 1972 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

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 5, 1924

Would You Believe?

Largest Jell-O made (9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavor) in Brisbane

On February 5, 1981

Famous Weddings

  • 1826 Future 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
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