This Day in History – February 5

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February 5

It is said that we are all just cogs in the wheel of history. If so, then we must know that each day we live, has a great and old part of history attached to it. Surprising, isn’t it? From battles, amnesties, agreements, births, losses, findings, breakthroughs, and much more. Let’s find out the events that happened through the years on this day in history, February 5.

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

1597:  26 Martyrs were killed by the new government of Japan
A group of early Japanese Christians, known as the 26 Martyrs, were killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society

1649:Prince of Wales proclaimed King Charles II  
Prince of Wales proclaimed King Charles II of Great Britain by Covenanter Parliament of Scotland on February 5 1649.

1778:  Articles of Confederation ratified by 2nd state
Articles of Confederation ratified by 2nd state, South Carolina.

1811:  George IV, is appointed as Prince-Regent
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

1885: Fall of Khartoum reached London
News of the fall of Khartoum reached London on February 5 1885.

1885: The Congo is established as a personal colonial possession
King Leopold II of Belgium established the Congo as a personal colonial possession.

1887: “Otello” premiered at La Scala in Italy  
Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Otello” premiered at La Scala in Italy, Verdi’s first new opera for over 15 years.

1907:  Arnold Schoenberg’s premiered in Vienna
Arnold Schoenberg’s 1st string quartet premieres in Vienna on February 5 1907.

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

1919:  Hollywood film studio United Artists is established
Hollywood film studio United Artists founded by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and D. W. Griffith on February 5 1919.

1936: Modern Times was released
 “Modern Times”, a silent film directed by, written by, and starring Charlie Chaplin, was released

1942: “Woman of the Year” opened at Radio City
“Woman of the Year” film directed by George Stevens, starring Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy opens at Radio City.

1953:  5th Emmy Awards
5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell, and Helen Hayes won on February 5 1953.

1969: Population of US reached 200 million 
The population of the United States reached 200 million

1972: Bob Douglas is elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame
Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on February 5 1972.

1977: Sugar Ray Leonard beats Luis Vega 
Sugar Ray Leonard beats Luis Vega in 6 rounds in his 1st pro fight.

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

1997 O.J. Simpson found liable in the deaths
O.J. Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson in a civil court action

1998: Author Tom Clancy confirmed he signed the agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings 
Author Tom Clancy confirmed he signed an agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record

Famous Birthdays on February 5

  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese footballer
  • Neymar, Brazilian footballer
  • Bobby Brown, American singer-songwriter
  • Abhishek Bachchan, Indian film actor
  • Özge Gürel, Turkish actress
  • Michael Sheen, Actor
  • Kevin Gates, American rapper

These were the historical events that happened in world history on February 5. Stay tuned to Leverage Edu and follow us on Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn, Quora, and Facebook for more educational content.

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