On This Day

On This Day in History for February 5 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1976 Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies
  • 1977 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • 1977 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • 1978 Blizzard forms in US North East, 100 people killed in New England and New York over 3 days
  • 1979 Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time
  • 1980 Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel
  • 1981 Largest Jell-O made (9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavor) in Brisbane
  • 1981 Military jury in North Carolina convicts Robert Garwood of collaborating with the enemy during the Vietnam War
  • 1982 DEA announces seizure of 3,192 tons of marijuana, 495 people
  • 1982 British airline Laker Airways collapses owing 270M pounds ($351M)
  • 1982 President of Suriname Hendrick Chin A Sen resigns and flees to the Netherlands

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1983 Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie brought to trial

Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie
Gestapo Chief
Klaus Barbie
  • 1984 NZ beat England (82 & 93) by an innings in 3 days
  • 1987 Dow Jones avg closes above 2,200 for 1st time
  • 1987 Soyuz TM-2 launches
  • 1988 Arizona House of Reps vote to impeach Republican Governor Evan Mecham

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1991 A Michigan court bars Dr Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides

Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist Jack Kevorkian
Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist
Jack Kevorkian
  • 1991 All American Bowl ends after 14 years
  • 1991 Big East Football conference forms

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1992 Jury selection begins in the trial of Los Angeles police charged with beating Rodney King

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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
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  • 1993 Grenade explodes in Sarajevo, killing 63 and injuring 160
  • 1993 R James Woolsey, becomes 16th director of CIA
  • 1994 Medgar Evers' murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson, Mississippi, 30 years after the crime
  • 1994 68 killed and 200 wounded after a mortar bomb is set off in Sarajevo
  • 1995 Japan's Shinshinto Party wins local elections
  • 1996 British supermarket chains stock genetically modified tomato puree - the first GM food to be sold in the country
  • 1997 Japan's Ministry of Finance announces plans to cut import tariffs on crude oil and most petroleum products
  • 1998 Alberto Acciarito convicted of harassing his ex-wife Ingrid Rossellini
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 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
  • 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

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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

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2021 Ocean life is being drowned out by human noise, especially shipping, construction, sonar and seismic surveys according to new research [1]

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