What happened on February 5? There are more than 273 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 5

February 5 In HistoryFebruary 5 is the 36th day of the year 2021. There are 329 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 5th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Oak Creek, Colorado 80467 sunrise occured at 07:11 AM and sunset occured at 05:32 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aquarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 7 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For February 5

  • 62
    Earthquake in Pompeii, Italy.
  • 1576
    Henry of Navarre abjures Catholicism at Tours and rejoins the Protestant forces in the French Wars of Religion.
  • 1597
    A group of early Japanese Christians are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society.
  • 1631
    Roger Williams emigrates to Boston.
  • 1778
    South Carolina becomes the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
  • 1782
    Spanish defeat British forces and capture Minorca.
  • 1783
    In Calabria a sequence of strong earthquakes begins.
  • 1810
    Peninsular War: Siege of Cádiz begins.
  • 1818
    Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
  • 1852
    The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, opens to the public.
  • 1859
    Wallachia and Moldavia are united under Alexander John Cuza as the United Principalities, an autonomous region within the Ottoman Empire, which ushered the birth of the modern Romanian state.
  • 1869
    The largest alluvial gold nugget in history, called the “Welcome Stranger”, is found in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia.
  • 1885
    King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal possession.
  • 1900
    The United States and the United Kingdom sign a treaty for the Panama Canal
  • 1913
    Greek military aviators, Michael Moutoussis and Aristeidis Moraitinis perform the first naval air mission in history, with a Farman MF.7 hydroplane.
  • 1917
    The Congress of the United States passes the Immigration Act of 1917 over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. Also known as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act, it forbade immigration from nearly all of south and southeast Asia.
  • 1917
    The current constitution of Mexico is adopted, establishing a federal republic with powers separated into independent executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
  • 1918
    SS Tuscania (1914) is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland; it is the first ship carrying American troops to Europe to be torpedoed and sunk.
  • 1918
    Stephen W. Thompson shoots down a German airplane. It is the first aerial victory by the U.S. military.
  • 1919
    Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith launch United Artists.
  • 1924
    The Royal Greenwich Observatory begins broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the “BBC pips”.
  • 1937
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposes a plan to enlarge the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 1939
    Generalísimo Francisco Franco becomes the 68th “Caudillo de España”, or Leader of Spain.
  • 1941
    World War II: Allied forces begin the Battle of Keren to capture Keren, Eritrea.
  • 1943
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Sheep in Chinese astrology.
  • 1945
    World War II: General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila.
  • 1946
    The Chondoist Chongu Party is founded in North Korea.
  • 1958
    A hydrogen bomb known as the Tybee Bomb is lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, never to be recovered.
  • 1958
    Gamel Abdel Nasser is nominated to be the first president of the United Arab Republic.
  • 1962
    French President Charles De Gaulle calls for Algeria to be granted independence.
  • 1963
    The European Court of Justice’s ruling in Van Gend en Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen establishes the principle of direct effect, one of the most important, if not the most important, decisions in the development of European Union law.
  • 1971
    Astronauts land on the moon in the Apollo 14 mission.
  • 1972
    Bob Douglas becomes the first African American elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • 1976
    The 1976 swine flu outbreak begins at Fort Dix, NJ.
  • 1982
    Ugo Vetere, then the mayor of Rome, and Chedli Klibi, then the mayor of Carthage meet in Tunis to sign a treaty of friendship officially ending the Third Punic War which lasted 2,131 years.
  • 1988
    Manuel Noriega is indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.
  • 1994
    Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
  • 1994
    During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina more than 60 people are killed and some 200 wounded as a mortar shell slams into a downtown marketplace in Sarajevo.
  • 1997
    The so-called Big Three banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.
  • 2000
    Russian forces massacre at least 60 civilians in the Novye Aldi suburb of Grozny, Chechnya.
  • 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 57 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.
  • 2009
    The United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal runs aground off Oahu, Hawaii, damaging the ship as well as a coral reef.

Who Were Born On February 5?

  • 976
    Emperor Sanjō, of Japan (d. 1017)
  • 1505
    Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (d. 1572)
  • 1519
    René of Châlon, (d. 1544)
  • 1534
    Giovanni de' Bardi, Italian writer (d. 1612)
  • 1589
    Esteban Manuel de Villegas, Spanish poet (d. 1669)
  • 1608
    Gaspar Schott, German mathematician (d. 1666)
  • 1626
    Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, French author (d. 1696)
  • 1650
    Anne-Jules, French general (d. 1708)
  • 1703
    Gilbert Tennent, Irish-born religious leader (d. 1764)
  • 1725
    James Otis, American lawyer and patriot (d. 1783)
  • 1744
    John Jeffries, Physician, Surgeon, Balloonist (d. 1819)
  • 1784
    Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1818)
  • 1788
    Robert Peel, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1850)
  • 1795
    Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger, Austrian mineralogist (d. 1871)
  • 1804
    Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (d. 1877)
  • 1808
    Carl Spitzweg, German painter (d. 1885)
  • 1810
    Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (d. 1880)
  • 1837
    Dwight L. Moody, American evangelist (d. 1899)
  • 1840
    Hiram Stevens Maxim, American inventor (Maxim gun) (d. 1916)
  • 1840
    John Boyd Dunlop, Scottish inventor (d. 1921)
  • 1848
    Belle Starr, American outlaw (d. 1889)
  • 1848
    Ignacio Carrera Pinto, Chilean war hero (d. 1882)
  • 1848
    Joris-Karl Huysmans, French author (d. 1907)
  • 1878
    André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (d. 1935)
  • 1880
    Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (d. 1973)
  • 1889
    Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (d. 1962)
  • 1900
    Adlai Stevenson, American politician, 31st Governor of Illinois (d. 1965)
  • 1903
    Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress (d. 1975)
  • 1906
    John Carradine, American actor (d. 1988)
  • 1907
    Pierre Pflimlin, French Politician (d. 2000)
  • 1908
    Bob Dunn (musician), pioneer Western swing musician (d. 1971)
  • 1908
    Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (d. 1969)
  • 1908
    Peg Entwistle, English actress (d. 1932)
  • 1909
    Grażyna Bacewicz, Polish composer and violinist (d. 1969)
  • 1910
    Charles Leblond, Canadian cell biologist (d. 2007)
  • 1910
    Francisco Varallo, Argentine footballer (d. 2010)
  • 1911
    Jussi Björling, Swedish tenor (d. 1960)
  • 1914
    Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1914
    William S. Burroughs, American author (d. 1997)
  • 1915
    Robert Hofstadter, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1990)
  • 1917
    Isuzu Yamada, Japanese actress
  • 1919
    Andreas Papandreou, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1996)
  • 1919
    Red Buttons, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1919
    Tim Holt, American actor (d. 1973)
  • 1920
    Frank Muir, British comedian (d. 1998)
  • 1921
    John Pritchard, British conductor (d. 1989)
  • 1922
    Alain de Changy, Belgian racing driver (d. 1994)
  • 1923
    Claude King, American musician
  • 1923
    Fatmawati, Indonesian First Lady
  • 1927
    Ruth Fertel, American entrepreneur (d. 2002)
  • 1928
    Andrew Greeley, American priest and novelist
  • 1929
    Al Worthington, American baseball player
  • 1929
    Fred Sinowatz, Austrian politician (d. 2008)
  • 1929
    Luc Ferrari, French composer (d. 2005)
  • 1930
    John A. Gambling, American radio show host (d. 2004)
  • 1932
    Cesare Maldini, Italian footballer and manager
  • 1933
    Jörn Donner, Finnish writer/director
  • 1934
    Don Cherry, Canadian ice hockey commentator
  • 1934
    Hank Aaron. American baseball player
  • 1935
    Alex Harvey, Scottish rock musician (d. 1982)
  • 1936
    K. S. Nissar Ahmed, Kannada Poet
  • 1937
    Gaston Roelants, Belgian athlete
  • 1937
    Stuart Damon, American actor
  • 1937
    Wang Xuan, Chinese scientist (d. 2006)
  • 1939
    Jane Bryant Quinn, American journalist
  • 1940
    Dick Warlock, Canadian actor and stuntman
  • 1940
    H.R. Giger, Swiss artist
  • 1941
    David Selby, American actor
  • 1941
    Kaspar Villiger, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • 1941
    Stephen J. Cannell. American television producer and writer (d. 2010)
  • 1942
    Cory Wells, American singer (Three Dog Night)
  • 1942
    James B. Cobb, Jr., American guitarist (Classics IV)
  • 1942
    Roger Staubach, American football player
  • 1943
    Craig Morton, American football player
  • 1943
    Michael Mann, American film director
  • 1943
    Nolan Bushnell, American video game pioneer
  • 1944
    Al Kooper, American musician
  • 1944
    Tamanoumi Masahiro, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 51st Yokozuna (d. 1971)
  • 1946
    Charlotte Rampling, British actress
  • 1947
    Darrell Waltrip, American race car driver
  • 1948
    Barbara Hershey, American actress
  • 1948
    Christopher Guest, American film actor and director
  • 1948
    Errol Morris, American film director
  • 1948
    Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager
  • 1949
    Yvon Vallières, French-Canadian politician
  • 1950
    Jonathan Freeman, American actor
  • 1951
    Russell Grant, British astrologer
  • 1952
    Daniel Balavoine, French singer and songwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1953
    John Beilein, American basketball coach
  • 1953
    Loretta Tofani, American journalist
  • 1953
    Takashi Ishikawa, Japanese sumo and professional wrestler
  • 1954
    Cliff Martinez, American musician
  • 1955
    Mike Heath, American baseball player
  • 1956
    Betty Ong, Flight attendant of American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11, 2001 (d. 2001)
  • 1956
    Hector Rebaque, Mexican racing driver
  • 1959
    Jennifer Granholm American politician, 47th Governor of Michigan
  • 1960
    Aris Christofellis, Greek countertenor
  • 1961
    Savvas Kofidis, Greek footballer and manager
  • 1962
    Jennifer Jason Leigh, American actress
  • 1963
    Steven Shainberg, American film director
  • 1964
    Alexia, Cypriot singer
  • 1964
    Duff McKagan, American musician (Guns N' Roses)
  • 1964
    Laura Linney, American actress
  • 1965
    Andreas Vogler, German footballer
  • 1965
    Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian footballer
  • 1965
    Keith Moseley, American musician (The String Cheese Incident)
  • 1966
    Apostolos Nanos, Greek archer
  • 1966
    Rok Petrovič, Slovenian skier (d. 1993)
  • 1967
    Chris Parnell, American actor
  • 1967
    Frederick Pitcher, Nauruan politician
  • 1968
    Eyþór Guðjónsson, Icelandic actor
  • 1968
    Nir Kabaretti, Israeli conductor
  • 1968
    Qasim Melho, Syrian actor
  • 1968
    Roberto Alomar, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1969
    Bobby Brown, American singer
  • 1969
    Michael Sheen, Welsh actor
  • 1971
    Sara Evans, American singer
  • 1972
    Koriki Chōshū, Japanese comedian
  • 1972
    Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
  • 1973
    Richard Matvichuk, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1973
    Trijntje Oosterhuis, Dutch singer
  • 1975
    Adam Carson, American musician (AFI)
  • 1975
    Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Dutch footballer
  • 1976
    Abhishek Bachchan, Indian actor
  • 1976
    Brian Moorman, American football player
  • 1976
    John Aloisi, Australian soccer player
  • 1976
    Tony Jaa, Thai actor
  • 1977
    Adam Everett, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Ahmad Merritt, American football player
  • 1977
    Ben Ainslie, British sailor
  • 1978
    Brian Russell, American football player
  • 1978
    Shawn Reaves, American actor
  • 1980
    Brad Fitzpatrick, American programmer
  • 1980
    Jo Swinson, British politician
  • 1980
    Prince Peter, American-born Yugoslav royalty
  • 1980
    Robin Vik, Czech tennis player
  • 1980
    Stefano Di Fiordo, Italian footballer
  • 1981
    Loukas Vyntra, Greek football player
  • 1981
    Nora Zehetner, American actress
  • 1982
    Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iranian basketball player (d. 2007)
  • 1982
    Dionysis Makris, Greek singer
  • 1982
    Kevin Everett, American football player
  • 1982
    Marc Kennedy, Canadian Curler
  • 1982
    Rodrigo Palacio, Argentine footballer
  • 1982
    Tomáš Kopecký, Slovak ice hockey player
  • 1982
    Wheesung, Korean R&B singer
  • 1984
    Carlos Tévez, Argentinine footballer
  • 1984
    Nate Salley, American football player
  • 1985
    Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese footballer
  • 1985
    Crystal Hunt, American actress
  • 1985
    Laurence Maroney, American football player
  • 1985
    Lindsey Cardinale, American singer
  • 1986
    Ashley Simmons, American professional wrestler
  • 1986
    Billy Sharp, English footballer
  • 1986
    Carlos Villanueva, Chilean footballer
  • 1986
    Manuel Fernandes, Portuguese footballer
  • 1986
    Reed Sorenson, American racecar driver
  • 1986
    Vedran Ćorluka, Croatian football player
  • 1987
    Darren Criss, American actor, singer
  • 1987
    Linus Omark, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1988
    Johnathan Haggerty, American football player
  • 1988
    Kevin J. Maclean, Scottish singer-songwriter
  • 1989
    Cristine Reyes, Filipino actress
  • 1989
    Jeremy Sumpter, American actor
  • 1990
    Marvin Knoll, German footballer
  • 1991
    Alba Riquelme, Paraguayan model
  • 1992
    Neymar, Brazilian footballer
  • 1994
    Saki Nakajima, Japanese singer
  • 2002
    Davis Cleveland, American actor

Who Died On February 5?

  • 995
    William IV, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 937)
  • 1520
    Sten Sture the Younger, regent of Sweden (b. 1493)
  • 1574
    Nicolaas Kruik, Dutch cartographer (b. 1678)
  • 1578
    Giambattista Moroni, Italian painter (b. c.1520-24)
  • 1705
    Philipp Jakob Spener, German theologian (b. 1635)
  • 1766
    Leopold Josef Graf Daun, Austrian field marshal (b. 1705)
  • 1775
    Eusebius Amort, German Catholic theologian (b. 1692)
  • 1790
    William Cullen, Scottish physician and chemist (b. 1710)
  • 1807
    Pasquale Paoli, Corsican patriot and military leader (b. 1725)
  • 1881
    Thomas Carlyle, Scottish writer and historian (b. 1795)
  • 1882
    Adolfo Rivadeneyra, Spanish traveler, writer and diplomat (b. 1841)
  • 1892
    Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (b. 1807)
  • 1915
    Ross Barnes, baseball player (b. 1850)
  • 1917
    Jaber II Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1860)
  • 1922
    Christiaan De Wet, South African general (b. 1854)
  • 1922
    Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Croatian inventor (b. 1871)
  • 1927
    Inayat Khan, Indian sufi (b. 1882)
  • 1933
    Josiah Thomas, Australian politician (b. 1863)
  • 1937
    Lou Andreas-Salome, Russian-born writer (b. 1861)
  • 1938
    Hans Litten, German jurist (b. 1903)
  • 1941
    Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, author of “Walzing Matilda” (b. 1864)
  • 1946
    George Arliss, English actor (b. 1868)
  • 1948
    Johannes Blaskowitz, German general (b. 1883)
  • 1952
    Adela Verne, English pianist (b. 1877)
  • 1957
    Sami Ibrahim Haddad, Lebanese surgeon (b. 1890)
  • 1962
    Jacques Ibert, French composer (b. 1890)
  • 1967
    Leon Leonwood Bean, American department store founder (b. 1872)
  • 1967
    Violeta Parra, Chilean folklorist and visual artist (b. 1917)
  • 1969
    Thelma Ritter, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 1970
    Rudy York, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1972
    Marianne Moore, American poet (b. 1887)
  • 1976
    Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
  • 1977
    Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
  • 1981
    Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)
  • 1984
    Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, Mexican wrestler and film actor (b. 1917)
  • 1985
    Georges-Émile Lapalme, French-Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • 1987
    William Collier, American film and stage actor (b. 1902)
  • 1991
    Dean Jagger, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1992
    Miguel Rolando Covian, Brazilian physiologist (b. 1913)
  • 1993
    Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American writer, producer, and director (b. 1909)
  • 1993
    Marcel Léger, Quebec politician (b. 1930)
  • 1993
    Seán Flanagan, Irish Gaelic footballer and politician (b. 1922)
  • 1993
    Tip Tipping, British actor and stuntman (parachuting accident) (b. 1958)
  • 1995
    Doug McClure, American actor (b. 1935)
  • 1997
    Pamela Harriman, English-born American diplomat (b. 1920)
  • 1998
    Tim Kelly, American musician (b. 1963)
  • 1999
    Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)
  • 2000
    Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (b. 1901)
  • 2003
    Helge Boes, American Central Intelligence Agency officer (b. 1970)
  • 2004
    John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)
  • 2005
    Gnassingbe Eyadema, President of Togo (b. 1937)
  • 2006
    Franklin Cover, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2006
    Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actress and comedian (b. 1930)
  • 2007
    Alfred Worm, Austrian investigative journalist (b. 1945)
  • 2007
    Fred Ball, American movie studio executive, actor, and the brother of comedienne Lucille Ball (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983–1995) (b. 1930)
  • 2008
    Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founder of Transcendental Meditation (b. c. 1917)
  • 2010
    Brendan Burke, Gay rights activist, son of Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke (b. 1988)
  • 2010
    Harry Schwarz, South African lawyer, politician and diplomat, leader of the anti-apartheid movement (b. 1924)
  • 2011
    Brian Jacques, English author, author of the Redwall series (b. 1939)
  • 2011
    Peggy Rea, American actress

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