February 5 Events in History - February 5 Birthdays - February 5 Deaths
2015 RadioShack, the U.S. electronics retailer founded in 1921, files for bankruptcy; the company plans to sell up to half of its stores to Sprint and close the remainder
2014 Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines, considers the territorial claims China has made in the South China Sea comparable to the Nazi Germany invasion of Czechoslovakia
2014 New York Governor, Mario Cuomo, plans to announce executive action to loosen marijuana laws, allowing use of the drug for medical purposes
2013 Founder Michael Dell leads a consortium that announced plans to take Dell private with a $24.4 billion leveraged buyout deal - the largest buyout seen since the recession
2012 In the Finnish Presidential election, conservative candidate Sauli Niinisto wins in a landslide
2012 Josefina Vazquez Mota is the first woman ever endorsed by a major Mexican party to run for President of Mexico
2011 Protesters continue their 12th day of nationwide protests in Cairo's Tahir Square, calling on President Hosni Mubarak to step down
2011 The North American winter storm causes persistent cold temperatures in Mexico and power outages in the U.S.
2010 Danish special forces storm a ship captured by Somali pirates, freeing 25 crewmembers on board
2006 Super Bowl XL: Steelers defeat the Seahawks 21-10
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
1997 3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund
1997 Brook Lee, Hawaii, crowned 46th Miss USA (en route to Miss Universe)
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
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
1993 Grenade explodes in Sarajevo, killing 63 and injuring 160
1993 James Woolsey, becomes 16th director of CIA
1992 Jury selection begins in the Los Angeles cops 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 vs. India
1991 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 Mitchel inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame
1991 L.A. King Dave Taylor becomes 29th NHler to score 1000 points
1991 Howard Stern kisses New York Giant Leonard Marshall's ass over bet Stern lost claiming the Giants would lose the Superbowl
1990 Notre Dame becomes 1st team to sell its game to a major network (NBC)
1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points
1988 Andre beats Hulk Hogan in 1st prime-time wrestling match in 30 years
1988 Arizona House of Representatives vote to impeach Republican Governor Evan Mecham
1988 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by U.S. grand jury for drugs
1987 Dow Jones avg closes above 2,200 for 1st time
1987 Soyuz TM-2 launches
1986 Corazon Aquino and Ferdinand Marcos appear on "Nightline"
1984 New Zealand beat England (82 and 93) by an innings in 3 days
1984 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
1983 Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie brought to trial
1982 DEA announces seizure of 3,192 tons of marijuana, 495 people
1982 Laker Airways collapse owing 270M pounds ($351M)
1982 Suriname President Chin A Sen resigns and flees to Netherlands
1981 "Piaf" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 165 performances
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 enemy
1980 32nd NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-3 at Detroit
1980 Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel
1979 Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time
1979 Sears Radio Theater premieres on CBS
1978 Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
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 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
1977 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
1976 Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies
1976 Last day of Test Cricket for Lance Gibbs and Ian Redpath
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 Patty Hearst kidnapped
1974 U.S. Mariner 10 returns 1st close-up photos of Venus' cloud structure
1973 Comic strip "Hagar The Horrible" debuted
1973 Funeral for LC William Nolde, last U.S. soldier killed in Vietnam War
1973 Juan Corona sentenced to 25 consecutive life terms for 25 murders
1972 "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
1972 Bob Douglas is 1st black elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
1972 U.S. airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers and baggage
1971 Apollo 14, 3rd U.S. manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard and Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hours
1970 1st Test Cricket ton of Barry Richards, 126, 164 balls, 20 fours 1 six
1970 Test Cricket debut of John Traicos, South Africa vs. Australia, Durban
1970 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1970 WSCV TV channel 51 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (IND) suspends broadcasting
1969 "Turn-On," debuts and cancelled by ABC after flopping so badly
1969 Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, Vice President, General Manager and head coach of Redskins
1968 KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (IND) begins broadcasting
1968 Skater Kees Verkerk wins olympic gold in the 1500m
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
1966 BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
1965 Beursschouwburg opens in Brussels
1963 Maarten Schmidt discovers enormous red shifts in quasars
1963 Soviet lunar probe failure
1962 French President de Gaulle calls for Algeria's independence
1962 Suit to bar Englewood New Jersey from "racial segregated" schools, filed
1962 Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn within 16 degrees
1959 "Redhead" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 455 performances
1959 Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide
1958 Clifton R. Wharton confirmed as 1st U.S. black foreign minister (Romania)
1958 Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st president of United Arab Republic
1958 Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, WI vs. Pakistan, Port-of-Spain
1958 Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km
1957 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Piano Concert
1956 7th Winter Olympic games close at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
1956 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Havana Golf Open
1956 New York Mayor Robert Wagner and Brooklyn Boro President Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a $30M Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build
1954 WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 "Peter Pan" by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, New York City
1953 5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell and Helen Hayes wins
1949 Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic
1948 "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
1948 Dick Button becomes 1st U.S. figure skating Olympic champion
1948 Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st U.S. woman Olympic slalom champion
1947 Bolewet Beirut becomes president of Poland
1945 Big Racket becomes fastest race horse at 69t.6 kph (440 yd/20.8 s)
1945 British premier Churchill arrives in Yalta, the Krim
1945 U.S. troops under General Douglas MacArthur enter Manilla
1944 358 RAF-bombers attack Stettin
1943 Amsterdam resistance group CS-6 shoots nazi general Seyffardt
1943 Clandestine Radio Atlantiksender, Germany, 1st transmission
1942 "Woman of the Year," starring Hepburn and Tracy opens at Radio City
1942 Braves get Tommy Holmes from Yankees for Buddy Hassett and Gene Moore
1941 Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to Netherlands
1940 General Winckelman replaces General Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
1940 Glenn Miller and his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"
1938 Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500m (41.8 sec)
1937 1st Charlie Chaplin talkie, "Modern Times," released
1937 Franklin D. Roosevelt proposes enlarging Supreme Court, "court packing" plan failed
1936 National Wildlife Federation forms
1933 Marinus van der Lubbe passes Dutch/German boundary
1931 Maxine Dunlap becomes 1st U.S. women to earn a glider pilot license
1930 5th Aliyah to Israel begins
1929 Jimmy Hatlo's "They'll Do It Every Time" cartoon debuts in SF
1927 Buster Keaton's movie "The General" released and bombed
1923 General mine strike against wage cuts in Saar
1923 Mass arrests of socialists and communists in Italy
1922 Reader's Digest magazine 1st published
1921 Yankees purchase 20 acres in Bronx for Yankee Stadium
1919 NL President John Heydler dismisses charges that Hal Chase bet against his team and threw games in collusion with gamblers
1918 1st U.S. pilot to down an enemy airplane, Stephen W. Thompson
1918 Separation of church and state begins in U.S.S.R.
1917 Congress overrides Wilson's veto, curtailing Asian immigration
1917 Morosco Theater opens at 217 W 45th St. New York City (demolished 1982)
1917 Present Mexican constitution adopted
1916 Enrico Caruso recorded "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Co
1911 Society of Dutch Composers forms in Amsterdam
1907 Arnold Schonberg's 1st string quartet premieres in Vienna
1904 American occupation of Cuba ends
1901 Loop-the-loop centrifugal RR (roller coaster) patented by Ed Prescot
1901 Pierpont Morgan forms U.S. Steel Corp
1900 British troops under General Buller occupy Vaal Krantz, Natal
1897 Marcel Proust meets Jean Lorrain in a pistol duel
1894 Female suffrage organization in Amsterdam forms
1893 Alfred Naess skates world record 500m (49.4 sec)
1887 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy
1887 Snow falls on San Francisco
1885 News of fall of Khartoum reaches London
1881 Phoenix Arizona incorporates
1879 Joseph Swan demonstrates light bulb using carbon glow
1870 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia
1865 Battle of Hatcher's Run, Virginia (Armstrong's Mill, Dabney's Mill)
1864 Federals occupy Jackson, Mississippi
1861 1st moving picture peep show machine is patented by Samuel Goodale
1861 Kinematoscope patented by Coleman Sellers, Philadelphia
1861 Louisiana delegation except Mr. Bouligny withdraws from Congress
1855 British government of Palmerston forms
1850 Adding machine employing depressible keys patented, New Paltz, New York
1846 "Oregon Spectator" is 1st newspaper to be published on the West Coast
1831 Jan van Speijk blows up his gunboat in Antwerp, killing about 30
1825 Hannah Lord Montague of New York creates 1st detachable shirt collar
1817 1st U.S. gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
1816 Rossini's Opera "Barber of Seville," premieres in Rome
1795 Zealand Netherlands surrenders to French general Michaud
1783 Earthquakes ravage Calabria, killing 30,000
1783 Sweden recognizes U.S. independence
1782 Spanish take Minorca (western Mediterranean) from English
1778 Articles of Confederation ratified by 1st state, South Carolina
1777 Georgia becomes 1st U.S. state to abolish both entail and primogeniture
1736 Methodists John and Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia
1679 German emperor Leopold I signs peace with France
1663 Earthquake in Canada
1649 Prince of Wales becomes king Charles II
1644 1st U.S. livestock branding law passed, by Connecticut
1631 Rhode Island, founder, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England
1576 Henry of Navarre abjures Catholicism at Tours
1572 Beggars assault Oisterwijk, Netherlands, drive nuns out
1556 Kings Henri I and Philip II sign Treaty of Vaucelles
1512 French troops under Gaston de Foix rescues Bologna
1488 Roman catholic German emperor Maximilian I caught in Belgium
1428 King Alfonso V, orders Sicily's Jews to attend conversion sermons
816 Frankish emperor Louis grants archbishop Salzburg immunity