This Day in History for 5th February

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 198

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 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 becomes king Charles II
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
King Charles IIKing Charles II 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 - 1st moving picture peep show machine is patented by Samuel Goodale
1861 - Kinematoscope patented by Coleman Sellers, Phila
1861 - Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress
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
Composer Giuseppe VerdiComposer Giuseppe Verdi 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 - Present Mexican constitution adopted
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
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie ChaplinComedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin 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.
WW2 General Douglas MacArthurWW2 General Douglas MacArthur 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 237

976 - Sanjō, Emperor 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 - Honorat de Brueil seigneur de Racan, French playwright/poet
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)
1662 - Giuseppi Vignola, composer
1703 - Gilbert Tennent, Irish-born religious leader (d. 1764)
1711 - Joseph Umstatt, composer
1723 - John Witherspoon, clergyman/signed Declaration of Independence
1725 - James Otis, American lawyer and patriot (d. 1783)
1732 - Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, composer
1744 - John Jeffries, colonial physician/meteorologist
1748 - Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer/conductor/tutor of Beethoven
1753 - Coert L van Beyma thoe Kingma, Frisian regent/patriot
1770 - Alexandre Brongniart, Paris, mineralogist/geologist (Tertiary)
1775 - Margaretha J de Neufville, author (Small Pligten)
1784 - Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1818)
1788 - Karoly Kisfaludy, Hungarian literary (A Tat rok Magyarorsz gon)
British Prime Minister Robert PeelBritish Prime Minister Robert Peel (1788) 1788 - Robert "Bobbie" Peel, British PM (1834-5; 41-46)/founder (British Conservative Party)/founder (Bobbies)
1795 - Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger, Austrian mineralogist (d. 1871)
1799 - John Lindley, English botanist (Elements of Botany)
1804 - Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finland, poet
1808 - Carl Spitzweg, German painter (d. 1885)
1810 - Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (d. 1880)
1833 - John Watkinson, founder of British Chess Magazine (oldest chess mag)
1837 - Dwight Lyman Moody, US, evangelist (Student Volunteer Movement)
1840 - Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor (automatic single-barrel rifle)
1840 - John Boyd Dunlop, Scotland, developer (pneumatic rubber tire)
1848 - Belle Starr [Myra Belle Shirley], US female outlaw (wild west)
1848 - Joris-Karl Huysmans, France, writer (Against the Grain)
1848 - Ignacio Carrera Pinto, Chilean war hero (d. 1882)
1856 - Otto Brahm, German critic/founder (Neue Deutsche Rundschau)
1862 - Felipe Villanueva y Gutierrez, Mexico, composer
1863 - Armand Parent, composer
1864 - Carl Teike, composer
1865 - Harvey Worthington Loomis, composer
1866 - Arthur Keith, Scottish anthropologist
1866 - Henri [Hendrik J] Hall, Dutch MP/comic (Put a Lid on it)
1866 - Rossetter Gleason Cole, composer
1867 - Casper A Lingbeek, vicar/Dutch MP (HSP, 1925..37)
1868 - Lodewijk Mortelmans, composer
1871 - Jovan Ducic, Serb poet (Blue Legends)
1878 - André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (d. 1935)
1879 - Edward Rigby, England, actor (Star Look Down, Young & Innocent)
1881 - Frederick Leonard Lonsdale, British playwright (Balkan Princess)
1882 - Felice Lattuada, composer
1889 - Elias Henry "Patsy" Hendren, cricketer (prolific England bat of 20's)
1889 - Ernest Tyldesley, cricketer (1st Lancastrian to score 100 100's)
1889 - Ioan Dumitru Chirescu, composer
1891 - Elizabeth Ryan, Anaheim California, doubles tennis champ (6 time Wimbled)
1891 - Karl L Schmidt, German/Swiss theologist (Urchristentum)
1892 - George Saiko, writer
1893 - Roman Ingarden, Polish philosopher (Studia philosophica)
1897 - Dirk U Stikker, director (Heineken)/Dutch foreign minister/NATO
1900 - Adlai E Stevenson, (Gov-D-Ill), pres candidate (D) (1952, 1956)
1902 - Bronislaw Kaper, composer
1903 - Ivan Galamian, Tabriz Persia, violinist
1903 - Joan Whitney Payson, owner (NY Mets & horse stables)
1903 - Nathaniel Owings, Indianapolis, architect (Oak Ridge, TN; Sears)
1906 - John Carradine, Greenwich Village NY, actor (Grapes of Wrath, Howling)
1907 - Jan Klaasesz, Dutch governor Suriname (1949-56)
1907 - Norton Simon, business executive (Simon & Schuster)
1907 - Pierre E J Pflimlin, premier France
1908 - Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (d. 1969)
1909 - Grazyna Bacewicz, composer
1910 - Martha van Och-Scholl, German/Dutch resistance fighter (WW II)
1910 - Francisco Varallo, Argentine footballer
1910 - Charles Leblond, Canadian Cell Biologist (d. 2007)
1912 - Willard Parker, NYC, actor (Kiss Me Kate, What A Woman)
1912 - Zoltan Pongracz, composer
1913 - Rozelle Claxton, pianist/arranger
1914 - Alan Hodgkin, British physicist (Nobel 1963)
1914 - William S Burroughs, St Louis, novelist (Naked Lunch)
Physicist Robert HofstadterPhysicist Robert Hofstadter (1915) 1915 - Robert Hofstadter, US atomic physicist
1918 - Charles J "Tim" Holt, US actor (Treasure of Sierra Madre)
1918 - Kara Abulfazogli Karayev, composer
1918 - Tim Holt, Beverly Hills CA, actor (Stagecoach, Hitler's Children)
1919 - Andrea George Papandreou, Greek premier (1981-89, 93- )
1919 - Red Buttons, [Aaron Chwatt], Bronx NYC, comedian/actor (Sayonara)
1920 - Frank Muir, British comedian (d. 1998)
1921 - John M Pritchard, London England, conductor
1922 - Bernard Kalb, spokesman (State Dept)/actor (Dave)
1922 - Alain de Changy, Belgian racing driver (d. 1994)
1923 - Stephen J Cannell, TV producer/writer
1923 - Claude King, American musician, (d. 2013)
1924 - Robert Lynn, anarchist
1926 - Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, NYC, publisher (NY Times)
1927 - Robert Brown, Herbrides Is, actor (Here Come the Brides, Primus)
1927 - Val Dufour, New Orleans LA, actor (Eugenie Grandet, Another World)
1927 - Ruth Fertel, American entrepreneur (d. 2002)
1928 - Andrew M Greeley, author/reverend
1928 - Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, middle east scholar
1929 - Fred Sinowatz, Austrian politician
1929 - Al Worthington, baseball player
1932 - Cesare Maldini - Italian footballer and manager
1933 - Jorn Donner, Helsinki Finland, director (Anna, Tenderness)
1933 - Nick Georgiade, NYC, actor (Untouchables, Run Buddy Run)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 3 of 3

1826 - US president Millard Fillmore (26) weds Abigail Powers (27)
1971 - Actress Judi Dench (36) weds actor Michael Williams (35) at St Mary's Catholic Church in Hampstead, London
2007 - "Rudo y Cursi" Mexican actor Diego Luna (28) weds actress and model Camila Sodi (21) in Mexico City

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 123

995 - William IV, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 937)
1520 - Sten Sture the Younger, regent of Sweden (b. 1493)
1578 - Giovanni B Moroni, Italian portrait painter, dies
1591 - Gerard de Jode, Flemish publisher, dies
1658 - Maria Margaretha van Angels, Dutch prioress at Oirschot, dies at 52
1679 - Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet (Gysbreght van Aemstel), dies at 91
1705 - Jean Gilles, composer, dies at 37
1705 - Philipp Jakob Spener, German theologian (b. 1635)
1721 - James Stanhope 1st earl of Stanhope, English general, dies at 47
1738 - Georg Reidel, German composer, dies at 61
1745 - Coelestin Praelisauer, composer, dies at 49
1754 - Nicolaas S Cruquius, hydraulic engineer, (Haarlemmermeer), dies at 75
1758 - Bernhard Christian Weber, composer, dies at 45
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 freedom fighter, dies at 80
1812 - Franz Schneider, composer, dies at 74
1822 - Ali Pasha of Janina, (Napoleon, Lord Byron), dies at about 77
1825 - Pierre Gaveaux, composer, dies at 64
1831 - John CJ van Speijk, commits suicide at 29
1838 - Philippe Libon, composer, dies at 62
1867 - Salomon Munk, published Arabic edition of Maimounides, dies
Historian and Essayist Thomas CarlyleHistorian and Essayist Thomas Carlyle (1881) 1881 - Thomas Carlyle, historian/essayist, dies in London at 85
1888 - Anton Mauve, Dutch painter/cousin of Vincent Van Gogh, dies at 49
1892 - Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (b. 1807)
1897 - Hoss Radbourn, pitcher won 60 games in 1884, dies at 42
1907 - Ludwig Thuille, composer, dies at 45
1911 - Petrus A Cronjé, Transvaal Boer general, dies
1915 - Ross Barnes, baseball player (b. 1850)
1917 - Paul Rubens, composer, dies at 41
1917 - Jaber II Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1860)
1919 - Vasili V Rozanov, Russian philosopher/writer, dies at 62
1922 - James William Tate, composer, dies at 46
1922 - Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Croatian inventor (b. 1871)
1924 - Alexis Hollander, composer, dies at 83
1926 - Andre Gedalge, composer, dies at 69
1927 - Inayat Khan, Indian sufi
1929 - Siegfried Ochs, composer, dies at 70
1937 - Lou [Andreas-]Salome, Russian/German author (Eroticism), dies at 75
1938 - Hans Litten, German jurist (b. 1903)
1941 - Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, author of "Walzing Matilda" (b. 1864)
1943 - Wim Gertenbach, Dutch resistance fighter (Slogan), shot by Nazis
1944 - Robert E Park, sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), dies at 79
1946 - George Arliss, actor/writer (Dr Syn, Voltaire), dies at 77
1947 - Ganzefles, Dutch nazi spy/Jews hunter, executed
1947 - Hans Fallada, writer, dies at 53
1948 - Johann Blaskowitz, German gen (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64
1949 - Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, composer, dies at 50
1952 - Reginald Allen, cricketer (uncle of Gubby, Test Aust v Eng 1887), dies
1954 - Vittorio Gnecchi, composer, dies at 77
1956 - Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, dies at 74
1957 - Sami Ibrahim Haddad, Lebanese surgeon (b. 1890)
1958 - Henry M Tomlinson, British writer (Under red ensign), dies at 84
1959 - Gwili Andre, actress (No Other Woman, Roar of the Dragon), dies
1960 - Louis Stricker, cricketer (S Afr open bat in 13 Tests 1909-12), dies
1960 - Rudolf Nelson, composer, dies at 81
1961 - Anthony G de Rothschild, British philanthropist, dies at 73
1962 - Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), dies at 71
1965 - Irving Bacon, actor (Fort Ti, Petticoat Fever), dies at 71
1967 - Herman Teirlinck, Belgian writer (Jokaste against God), dies at 87
1967 - Leon Leonwood Bean, American department store founder (b. 1872)
1968 - Luckey Roberts, composer, dies at 80
1969 - Thelma Ritter, American actress (All About Eve, Pillow Talk), dies at 63
1970 - Rudy York, American baseball player (b. 1913)
1971 - Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian premier (1952..56), dies at 78
1972 - Marianne Moore, US poetess (Pulitzer 1951), dies at 84
1973 - George Morrison, dies at 82
1973 - L C William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam, funeral
1976 - Roger Livesey, actor (Drum, Vice Versa, Col Blimp), dies at 69
1976 - Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
1977 - Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67
1977 - Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
1978 - Annie [Anna HM] Romein-Verschoor, Dutch historian (Omzien), dies at 83
1978 - Frans van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, dies at 68
1979 - Eddie Paynter, cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies
1981 - Barend Barendse, Dutch sportscaster, dies at 73
1981 - Kuda Bux, Indian mystic (I'd Like to See), dies at 75
1981 - Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)
1982 - Dolores Moran, actress (Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 56
1982 - Neil Aggett, South African worker's union leader, commits suicide
1982 - Wies [Aloisius CA] Moens, Flemish writer/nazi, dies at 84
1983 - Derk Roemers, Dutch union leader/politician (soc dem), dies at 67
1985 - Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician (b. 1907)
1989 - Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
1991 - Dean Jagger, US actor (Mr Novak, Rawhide, Oscar), dies at about 87
1991 - Pedro Arrupe, Spanish priest/Jesuit, dies at 83
1992 - Donald Zimmerman, editor, dies
1992 - Laura Liddell, actress (Shakespeare Wallah), dies at 83
1992 - Miguel Rolando Covian, Brazilian physiologist (b. 1913)
1993 - Jack Young, cricketer (8 Tests for England 1947-49, 17 wickets), dies
1993 - Joseph L Mankiewicz, US writer/director (All about Eve), dies at 83
1993 - Tip Tipping, [Tim], stuntman, dies in sky-diving accident at 34
1993 - Marcel Léger, Quebec politician (b. 1930)
1994 - Fred de Bruyne, Flemish cyclist/gang leader (Paris-Nice), dies at 63
1994 - Hermann Abs, German banker to Hitler & Adenauer, dies at 92
1994 - Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, blues guitarist/Singer, dies at 59
1995 - Courtenay E Benson, broadcaster, dies at 79
1995 - Doug Mcclure, US rodeo rider/actor (Trampas-Virginian), dies at 59
1995 - Frederick Craig Riddle, violist, dies at 82

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