About February 5

February 5, 2024 is the 36th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 330 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 5 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.
  • 1852
    The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, opens to the public.
  • 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
    SS Tuscania (1914) is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland; it is the first ship carrying American troops to Europe to be torpedoed and sunk.
  • 1924
    The Royal Greenwich Observatory begins broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the “BBC pips”.
  • 1939
    Generalísimo Francisco Franco becomes the 68th “Caudillo de España”, or Leader of Spain.
  • 1945
    World War II: General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    Astronauts land on the moon in the Apollo 14 mission.
  • 1972
    Bob Douglas becomes the first African American elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • 1976
    The 1976 swine flu outbreak begins at Fort Dix, NJ.
  • 1988
    Manuel Noriega is indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.
  • 1994
    Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
  • 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.
  • 2000
    Russian forces massacre at least 60 civilians in the Novye Aldi suburb of Grozny, Chechnya.
  • 2008
    A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States leaves 57 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.
  • 2019
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Pig in Chinese astrology.

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