On This Day

Historical Events on February 5 (Part 2)

  • 1998 Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record
  • 2004 Twenty-three Chinese people drown when a group of 35 cockle-pickers are trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay, England. Twenty-one bodies are recovered.
  • 2004 Rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capture the city of Gonaïves, starting the 2004 Haiti rebellion
  • 2004 54th Berlin International Film Festival: "Head-On" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2006 Super Bowl XL, Ford Field, Detroit, MI: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Seattle Seahawks, 21-10; MVP: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh, WR
  • 2008 A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States leaves at least 58 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.
  • 2009 The United States Navy guided missile cruiser Port Royal runs aground off Oahu, Hawaii, damaging the ship as well as a coral reef
  • 2009 59th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Milk of Sorrow" wins the Golden Bear

Hall of Fame

2011 Ed Sabol, co-founder of NFL Films, elected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Super Bowl

2012 Super Bowl XLVI, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 21-17; MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB

Super Bowl

2012 Flavor Flav and Elton John appear in a Pepsi Co. ad during Super Bowl XLVI

  • 2013 UK House of Commons votes in favour of same-sex marriage
  • 2013 The US Postal Service announces the cessation of Saturday first-class mail delivery from August 2013
  • 2014 Archaeologists decrypt the 13th C Viking jötunvillur runic code

Historic Event

2014 US President Obama and journalists globally call for the release of 3 Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt

Film & TV History

2014 Google Vice President Susan Wojcicki is named CEO of YouTube

  • 2015 70s British rock star Gary Glitter is convicted of sexual child abuse charges in London
  • 2015 65th Berlin International Film Festival: "Taxi" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2016 Computer hackers try to steal 1 billion from Federal Reserve Bank of New York using Bangladesh banking codes, steal 81 million before a typo alerts authorities
  • 2017 African Cup of Nations 2017: Cameroon defeat Egypt 2-1 in Libreville
  • 2017 Romanian government scraps corruption degree after 6 days of mass demonstrations
  • 2017 Heavy metal band Black Sabbath play their last concert in their home town Birmingham, England

Super Bowl

2017 Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons, 34-28; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

  • 2018 Dow Jones Industrial Average has largest intraday point swing, dropping over 1,413 points
  • 2018 A share market sell off starts on Wall Street with Dow Jones sinking 4.6%, spreads around the globe
  • 2019 Pierre Davis is the first transgender designer to show at New York Fashion Week with label No Sesso

Historic Event

2019 Pope Francis admits for the first time that clerics have sexually abused nuns

  • 2019 China’s first science fiction blockbuster, “The Wandering Earth” premieres, directed by Frant Gwo, based on a story by Liu Cixin

Historic Event

2020 US Senate votes to acquit President Donald Trump 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress

  • 2021 Ocean life is being drowned out by human noise, especially shipping, construction, sonar and seismic surveys according to new research [1]