Events in History on February 5

  • 816 Frankish emperor Louis grants archbishop Salzburg immunity

Historic Event

1428 King Alfonso V, orders Sicily's Jews to attend conversion sermons

  • 1488 Roman Catholic German Emperor Maximilian I caught in Belgium
  • 1512 French troops under Gaston de Foix rescue Bologna, which was under siege from a combined Papal-Spanish army

Treaty of Interest

1556 King Henry II of France and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V sign the Treaty of Vaucelles, creating a temporary truce in the Italian War of 1551–59

  • 1572 Beggars assault Oisterwijk Neth, drive nuns out

Historic Event

1576 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) abjures Catholicism at Tours

26 Martyrs of Japan Executed

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

Historic Event

1631 Founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England

  • 1644 1st US livestock branding law passed, by Connecticut

Historic Event

1649 Prince of Wales proclaimed King Charles II of Great Britain by Covenanter Parliament of Scotland

  • 1663 Charlevoix Earthquake in Quebec, felt strongly in New England
  • 1679 German emperor Leopold I signs peace with France
  • 1736 Methodists John and Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1777 Georgia becomes 1st US state to abolish both entail and primogeniture
  • 1782 British garrison in Menorca (western Mediterranean) surrenders to French and Spanish fleet as part of the American Revolutionary War
  • 1783 Earthquakes ravage Calabria, killing 30,000
  • 1783 Sweden recognizes US independence
  • 1795 Zealand, Netherlands, surrenders to French general Michaud
  • 1803 English explorer George Bass and crew set sail from Sydney to Tahiti and Chile - they're never seen again

Appointment of Interest

1811 Prince George, Prince of Wales, later George IV, is appointed as Prince-Regent after his father King George III is recognized as insane due to mental illness

  • 1817 1st US gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
  • 1818 Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway
  • 1825 Hannah Lord Montague of NY creates 1st detachable shirt collar
  • 1831 Jan van Speijk blows up his gunboat in Antwerp, killing about 30
  • 1846 "Oregon Spectator" is 1st newspaper to be published on the West Coast
  • 1850 Adding machine employing depressible keys patented, New Paltz, NY
  • 1859 Wallachia and Moldavia are united under Alexander John Cuza as the United Principalities
  • 1861 Kinematoscope patented by Coleman Sellers, Philadelphia
  • 1861 Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress (US Civil War)
  • 1864 Danish army begins its withdrawal from Danevirke to Dybbøl through driven snow, last time the Danes would occupy Danevirke, symbol of Danish identity
  • 1864 Federals occupy Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1865 Battle of Hatcher's Run, Virginia (Armstrong's Mill, Dabney's Mill)
  • 1869 World's largest alluvial gold nugget, the Welcome Stranger, found by John Deason and Richard Oates (weighting 97.14kg) in Moliagul, Australia
  • 1870 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia
  • 1879 Joseph Swan demonstrates light bulb using carbon glow
  • 1881 Phoenix, Arizona incorporates
  • 1885 King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal colonial possession
  • 1885 News of the fall of Khartoum reaches London
  • 1887 Snow falls on San Francisco
  • 1893 Alfred Naess skates world record 500m (49.4 sec)
  • 1894 Female suffrage organization in Amsterdam forms
  • 1897 Marcel Proust meets Jean Lorrain in a pistol duel
  • 1900 British troops under Gen Buller occupy Vaal Krantz, Natal
  • 1900 The United States and the United Kingdom sign treaty for Panama Canal
  • 1901 Loop-the-loop centrifugal RR (roller coaster) patented by Ed Prescot
  • 1901 Pierpont Morgan forms US Steel Corp
  • 1904 American occupation of Cuba ends
  • 1917 Congress overrides Wilson's veto, curtailing Asian immigration
  • 1917 Morosco Theater opens at 217 W 45th St NYC (demolished 1982)

Historic Event

1917 The last of the American troops commanded by General John Pershing leave Mexico; President Carranza will be assassinated within the next year

  • 1918 1st US pilot to down an enemy airplane, Stephen W. Thompson
  • 1918 Separation of church and state begins in USSR
  • 1919 NL President John Heydler dismisses charges that Hal Chase bet against his team and threw games in collusion with gamblers
  • 1922 Reader's Digest magazine 1st published
  • 1923 General mine strike against wage cuts in Saar
  • 1923 Mass arrests of socialists & communists in Italy
  • 1930 5th Aliyah to Israel begins
  • 1931 Maxine Dunlap becomes 1st US women to earn a glider pilot license
  • 1933 Crew of Dutch "7 Provinces" mutiny after pay cuts
  • 1933 Marinus van der Lubbe passes Dutch German boundary
  • 1936 National Wildlife Federation forms

Historic Event

1937 FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court, "court packing" plan failed

  • 1938 Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500m (41.8 sec)
  • 1938 III British Empire Games open in Sydney, Australia
  • 1940 General Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
  • 1941 Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to Netherlands
  • 1943 Amsterdam resistance group CS-6 shoots nazi general Seyffardt
  • 1943 Clandestine Radio Atlantiksender, Germany, 1st transmission
  • 1944 358 RAF bombers attack Stettin

Battle of Interest

1945 WWII: US troops under General Douglas MacArthur enter Manila, Philippines; month long battle ends 3 years of Japanese military occupation

  • 1946 The Chondoist Chongu Party is founded in North Korea
  • 1947 Bolewet Beirut becomes President of Poland
  • 1953 Sweet rationing imposed in WWII ends in Britain
  • 1958 Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US African American foreign minister (to Romania)
  • 1958 Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st President of United Arab Republic
  • 1958 Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km
  • 1962 French President de Gaulle calls for Algeria's independence
  • 1962 Suit to bar Englewood NJ from "racial segregated" schools, filed
  • 1962 Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all within 16 degrees
  • 1963 Maarten Schmidt discovers enormous red shifts in quasars
  • 1963 Soviet lunar probe failure
  • 1965 Beursschouwburg opens in Brussels
  • 1967 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Robert Penn Warren
  • 1968 A fishing trawler from Hull sinks off the coast of Iceland
  • 1969 United States population reaches 200 million
  • 1970 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Expedition

1971 Apollo 14, 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard & Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hrs

  • 1972 Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely
  • 1972 US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage
  • 1973 Funeral for LC William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam War
  • 1973 Juan Corona sentenced to 25 consecutive life terms for 25 murders
  • 1974 British miners begin their strike in reaction to the three-day week
  • 1974 John Murtha becomes the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the United States Congress
  • 1974 Maximum speed on Autobahn reduced to 100 kph
  • 1974 US Mariner 10 returns 1st close-up photos of Venus' cloud structure
  • 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 British airline Laker Airways collapses owing 270M pounds ($351M)
  • 1982 DEA announces seizure of 3,192 tons of marijuana, 495 people
  • 1982 President of Suriname Hendrick Chin A Sen resigns and flees to the Netherlands

Historic Event

1983 Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie brought to trial

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1991 All American Bowl ends after 14 years
  • 1991 Big East Football conference forms
  • 1993 Grenade explodes in Sarajevo, killing 63 and injuring 160
  • 1993 R James Woolsey, becomes 16th director of CIA
  • 1994 68 killed and 200 wounded after a mortar bomb is set off in Sarajevo

Murder of Interest

1994 Medgar Evers' murderer Byron de la Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson, Mississippi, 30 years after the crime

  • 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 Rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capture the city of Gonaïves, starting the 2004 Haiti rebellion
  • 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.
  • 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 The US Postal Service announces the cessation of Saturday first-class mail delivery from August 2013
  • 2013 UK House of Commons votes in favour of same-sex marriage
  • 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

  • 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 A share market sell off starts on Wall Street with Dow Jones sinking 4.6%, spreads around the globe
  • 2018 Dow Jones Industrial Average has largest intraday point swing, dropping over 1,413 points
  • 2019 China’s first science fiction blockbuster, “The Wandering Earth” premieres, directed by Frant Gwo, based on a story by Liu Cixin
  • 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

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]
  • 2022 Body of five-year old Moroccan boy Rayan Oram retrieved from the well he fell down four days previously after huge rescue effort [1]