About February 5

February 5, 2020 is the 36th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 330 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 373 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 5

  • 1597
    A group of early Japanese Christians are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society.
  • 1783
    In Calabria a sequence of strong earthquakes begins.
  • 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.
  • 1913
    Greek military aviators, Michael Moutoussis and Aristeidis Moraitinis perform the first naval air mission in history, with a Farman MF.7 hydroplane.
  • 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.
  • 1917
    The current constitution of Mexico is adopted, establishing a federal republic with powers separated into independent executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
  • 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.
  • 1918
    Stephen W. Thompson shoots down a German airplane. It is the first aerial victory by the U.S. military.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    World War II: Allied forces begin the Battle of Keren to capture Keren, Eritrea.
  • 1976
    The 1976 swine flu outbreak begins at Fort Dix, NJ.
  • 1981
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 1982
    Ugo Vetere, then the mayor of Rome, and Chedli Klibi, then the mayor of Carthage meet in Tunis to sign a treaty of friendship officially ending the Third Punic War which lasted 2,131 years.
  • 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.
  • 1997
    The so-called Big Three banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.
  • 2004
    Rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capture the city of Gonaïves, starting the 2004 Haiti rebellion.

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