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Notable Historical Events on February 5th

19371st Charlie Chaplin talkie, "Modern Times," released

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

1984Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic

19881st prime-time wrestling match in 30 yrs-Andre beats Hulk Hogan

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

1997OJ Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman & Nicole Simpson in a civil court action.

1945US troops under General Douglas MacArthur enter Manilla

1991Howard Stern kisses NY Giant Leonard Marshall's ass over bet, Stern lost claiming the Giants would lose the Superbowl

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

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

1992Jury selection begins in the LA police beating Rodney King case

1887Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy

February 5th Historical Events
Date Event
816
Frankish emperor Louis grants archbishop Salzburg immunity 
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 rescues Bologna 
1556
Kings Henri I & Philip II sign Treaty of Vaucelles 
1572
Beggars assault Oisterwijk Neth, drive nuns out 
1576
Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) abjures Catholicism at Tours 
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
Rhode Island, founder, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England 
1644
1st US livestock branding law passed, by Connecticut 
1649
Prince of Wales proclaimed King Charles II of Great Britian 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 & Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia 
1777
Georgia becomes 1st US state to abolish both entail & primogeniture 
1778
Articles of Confederation ratified by 1st state, South Carolina 
1782
Spanish take Minorca (western Mediterranean) from British 
1783
Earthquakes ravage Calabria, killing 30,000 
1783
Sweden recognizes US independence 
1795
Zealand, Netherlands, surrenders to French general Michaud 
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 
1855
British government of Palmerston forms 
1859
Wallachia and Moldavia are united under Alexander John Cuza as the United Principalities. 
1861
Kinematoscope patented by Coleman Sellers, Phila 
1861
Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress (US Civil War) 
1864
Federals occupy Jackson, Mississippi 
1865
Battle of Hatcher's Run, VA (Armstrong's Mill, Dabney's Mill) 
1870
1st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia 
1879
Joseph Swan demonstrates light bulb using carbon glow 
1881
Phoenix, Az incorporates 
1885
News of fall of Khartoum reaches London 
1885
King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal colonial possession 
1887
Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy 
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 
1907
Arnold Schoenberg's 1st string quartet premieres in Vienna 
1911
Society of Dutch Composers forms in Amsterdam 
1916
Enrico Caruso recorded "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Co 
1917
Congress overrides Wilson's veto, curtailing Asian immigration 
1917
Morosco Theater opens at 217 W 45th St NYC (demolished 1982) 
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 & state begins in USSR 
1919
NL pres John Heydler dismisses charges that Hal Chase bet against his team & threw games in collusion with gamblers 
1921
Yankees purchase 20 acres in Bronx for Yankee Stadium 
1922
Reader's Digest magazine 1st published 
1923
General mine strike against wage cuts in Saar 
1923
Mass arrests of socialists & communists in Italy 
1924
The Royal Greenwich Observatory begin broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the "BBC pips". 
1927
Buster Keaton's movie "The General" released & bombed 
1929
Jimmy Hatlo's "They'll Do It Every Time" cartoon debuts in SF 
1930
5th Aliyah to Israel begins 
1931
Maxine Dunlap becomes 1st US women to earn a glider pilot license 
1933
Marinus van der Lubbe passes Dutch/German boundary 
1936
National Wildlife Federation forms 
1937
1st Charlie Chaplin talkie, "Modern Times," released 
1937
FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court, "court packing" plan failed 
1938
Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500m (41.8 sec) 
1940
Gen Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander 
1940
Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction" 
1941
Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to Netherlands 
1942
"Woman of the Year," starring Hepburn & Tracy opens at Radio City 
1942
Braves get Tommy Holmes from Yanks for Buddy Hassett & Gene Moore 
1943
Amsterdam resistance group CS-6 shoots nazi general Seyffardt 
1943
Clandestine Radio Atlantiksender, Germany, 1st transmission 
1944
358 RAF bombers attack Stettin 
1945
Big Racket becomes fastest race horse at 69t.6 kph (440 yd/20.8 s) 
1945
British premier Churchill arrives in Yalta, the Crimea 
1945
US troops under General Douglas MacArthur enter Manilla 
1946
The Chondoist Chongu Party is founded in North Korea. 
1947
Bolewet Beirut becomes president of Poland 
1948
"Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time 
1948
Dick Button becomes 1st US figure skating Olympic champion 
1948
Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion 
1949
Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic 
1953
"Peter Pan" by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC 
1953
5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell & Helen Hayes win 
1953
Sweet rationing imposed in WWII ends in Britain 
1954
WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1956
7th Winter Olympic games close at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy 
1956
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Havana Golf Open 
1956
NY Mayor Robert Wagner & Bkln Boro Pres Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a $30M Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build 
1957
Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd Piano Concert 
1958
Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US black foreign minister (Romania) 
1958
Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st president of United Arab Republic 
1958
Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, WI v Pakistan, Port-of-Spain 
1958
Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km 
1959
"Redhead" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 455 performances 
1959
Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide 
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 & Saturn within 16 degrees 
1963
Maarten Schmidt discovers enormous red shifts in quasars 
1963
Soviet lunar probe failure 
1965
Beursschouwburg opens in Brussels 
1966
BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island 
1967
"Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" premieres on CBS (later ABC, NBC) 
1967
Anastasio Somoza elected president of Nicaragua 
1967
Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Robert Penn Warren 
1968
KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (IND) begins broadcasting 
1968
Skater Kees Verkerk wins olympic gold in the 1500m 
1968
Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh begins. 
1969
"Turn-On," debuts & cancelled by ABC after flopping so badly 
1969
US population reaches 200 million 
1969
Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, vp, gm & head coach of Redskins 
1970
1st Test Cricket ton of Barry Richards, 126, 164 balls, 20 fours 1 six 
1970
Test Cricket debut of John Traicos, South Africa v Australia, Durban 
1970
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1970
WSCV TV channel 51 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (IND) suspends broadcasting 
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
"Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65 
1972
Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame 
1972
US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage 
1972
Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely 
1973
Comic strip "Hagar The Horrible" debuted 
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 mine strike 
1974
Mats Wermelin, Sweden, scores all points in 272-0 basketball win 
1974
Maximum speed on Autobahn reduced to 100 kph 
1974
US Mariner 10 returns 1st close-up photos of Venus' cloud structure 
1974
John Murtha becomes the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the Congress of the United States. 
1976
Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies 
1976
Last day of Test Cricket for Lance Gibbs & Ian Redpath 
1977
"CB Savage" by Rod Hart peaks at #67 
1977
"Dis-Gorilla (part 1)" by Rick Dees peaks at #56 
1977
"In The Mood" by Henhouse 5 Plus Too (Ray Stevens) peaks at #40 
1977
"Turn Loose On My Leg" by Jim Stafford peaks at #98 
1977
"Up Your Nose" by Gabriel Kaplan peaks at #91 
1977
General Mills Adventure Theater premieres on CBS radio 
1977
Sugar Ray Leonard beats Luis Vega in 6 rounds in his 1st pro fight 
1977
US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne 
1977
US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner 
1978
Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded 
1979
Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time 
1979
Sears Radio Theater premieres on CBS 
1980
32nd NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-3 at Detroit 
1980
Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel 
1981
"Piaf" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 165 performances 
1981
Largest Jell-O made (9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavor) in Brisbane 
1981
Milt jury in NC convicts Robert Garwood of collaborating with enemy 
1982
Chin A Sen ends term as president of Suriname 
1982
DEA announces seizure of 3,192 tons of marijuana, 495 people 
1982
British airline Laker Airways collapses owing 270M pounds ($351M) 
1982
Suriname pres Chin A Sen resigns & flees to Neth 
1983
Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie brought to trial 
1984
NZ beat England (82 & 93) by an innings in 3 days 
1984
Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic 
1986
Corazon Aquino & Ferdinand Marcos appear on "Nightline" 
1987
Dow Jones avg closes above 2,200 for 1st time 
1987
Soyuz TM-2 launches 
1988
1st prime-time wrestling match in 30 yrs-Andre beats Hulk Hogan 
1988
Arizona House of Reps vote to impeach Republican Gov Evan Mecham 
1988
Panamanian Gen Manuel Noriega indicted by US grand jury for drugs 
1989
Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points 
1990
Notre Dame becomes 1st team to sell its game to a major network (NBC) 
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 
1991
Joni Mitchell inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame 
1991
LA King Dave Taylor becomes 29th NHler to score 1000 points 
1991
Howard Stern kisses NY Giant Leonard Marshall's ass over bet, Stern lost claiming the Giants would lose the Superbowl 
1992
Jury selection begins in the LA police beating Rodney King case 
1992
Last day of Test Cricket cricket for Dilip Vengsarkar 
1992
Mike Whitney career-best 7-27 at WACA in Test Cricket win v India 
1993
Grenade explodes in Sarajevo, killing 63 & injuring 160 
1993
R James Woolsey, becomes 16th director of CIA 
1994
"Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego," debuts on Fox TV 
1994
Medgar Evers' murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson Miss, 30 years after the crime 
1995
Japan's Shinshinto Party wins local elections 
1995
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 41-13 
1995
Sandra Volker swims female European record 50m backstroke: 27.77 
1997
OJ Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman & Nicole Simpson in a civil court action. 
1997
3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund 
1997
Brook Lee, Hawaii, crowned 46th Miss USA (en route to Miss Universe) 
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 
1998
Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record 
1998
Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped Dec 22nd) 
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. 
2006
Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Seattle Seahawks, 21-10 at the Ford Field 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. 
2011
Ed Sabol, co-founder of NFL Films, elected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame 
2012
Super Bowl XLVI: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 21-17 at the Lucas Oil Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB 
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 
2016
Magnitude-6.4 earthquake shocks Taiwan 
2016
Brazilian lab detects Zika virus in saliva, urine 
2017
Avalanche Kills 13 People in Pakistan's North 
2017
Girl, 13, Dies After Being Thrown Off Ride at China Park 
2017
Thousands march near Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Fla. 
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