About February 5

February 5, 2021 is the 36th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 329 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Aquarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 7 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 5

  • 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.
  • 1778
    South Carolina becomes the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
  • 1810
    Peninsular War: Siege of Cádiz begins.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rat in Chinese astrology.
  • 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.
  • 1976
    The 1976 swine flu outbreak begins at Fort Dix, NJ.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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