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
  • 1936 "Modern Times", silent film directed by, written by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released
  • 1969 US population reaches 200 million
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Did You Know?

World's largest alluvial gold nugget, the Welcome Stranger, found by John Deason and Richard Oates (weighting 97.14kg) in Moliagul, Australia

On February 5, 1869

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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