On This Day

What Happened on February 5

Important Events

  • 1576 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) abjures Catholicism at Tours
  • 1597 A group of early Japanese Christians, known as the 26 Martyrs, are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society

Feb 5 in Film & TV

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

Feb 5 in Music

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

Feb 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

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