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5 February

62 – Italy – Earthquake measuring 6.0Mw, epicentre in Bay of Naples. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/62_Pompeii_earthquake

839 – England – Æthelwulf, crowned at Kingston upon Thames, as king of Wessex, Kent, Cornwall, the west Saxons and east Saxons. http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=aethelwulf

1265 – Rome – Cardinal Gui Faucoi le Gros became Pope Clement IV. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Clement_IV

1597 – Japan – A group of early Japanese Christians were killed by government. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-six_Martyrs_of_Japan

1663 – Canada – Earthquake measuring 7.3-7.9Mw, epicentre in Quebec. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1663_Charlevoix_earthquake

1782 – Minorca – Siege of Fort St. Philip ended (Anglo Spanish War). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Minorca_(1781)

1783 – Italy – Earthquake measuring 6.9Mw, epicentre in Calabria. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1783_Calabrian_earthquakes

1810 – Spain – Siege of Cádiz began (Peninsular War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_C%C3%A1diz

1818 – Sweden/Norway – Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte became King Charles XIV John of Sweden and King Charles III John of Norway. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_XIV_John_of_Sweden


1852 – Russia – Hermitage Museum opened in St. Petersburg. https://youtu.be/yd1CDc0Tea4 https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/explore/history/historical-article/1850/Opening+of+the+Imperial+Museum+of+the+New+Hermitage/?lng=en

1859 – Ottoman Empire – Wallachia and Moldavia became United Principalities.


1869 – Australia – Largest alluvial gold nugget found in Moliagul, Victoria. https://youtu.be/CLTzP5wpsAc http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/themes/3019/gold-nugget-welcome-stranger-1869 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welcome_Stranger

1899 – Philippines – Battle of Manila ended. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manila_(1899)


1909 – Belgium – Leo Baekeland announced creation of Bakelite. https://youtu.be/fOA8wFdbSWU http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/online-resources/chemistry-in-history/themes/petrochemistry-and-synthetic-polymers/synthetic-polymers/baekeland.aspx

1917 – Mexico – Federal republic established.

1917 – USA – US Congress passed the Immigration Act of 1917. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/immigration-act-passed-over-wilsons-veto

1918 – Ireland – SS Tuscania torpedoed and sunk off coast, carrying American troops. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?10317


1919 – USA – United Artists established. https://youtu.be/SNTcUNZM66A   http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-artists-created

1923 – USSR – Earthquake measuring 8.5Mw, epicentre in Kamchatka Peninsula. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1923_Kamchatka_earthquake


1924 – UK – Royal Greenwich Observatory started broadcasting hourly time signals “BBC Pips”. https://youtu.be/-eREcGYbXPY http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/info/bbc-pips.htm

1924 – France – I Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony in Chamonix. http://www.olympic.org/chamonix-1924-winter-olympics

1939 – Spain – Francisco Franco became leader. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Franco


1941 – UK – Air Training Corp established. https://youtu.be/MOKtVj9IOwE  https://youtu.be/EtjaFsTHxCw https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Training_Corps

1941 – Etrea – Battle of Keren began (WWII).

1944 – Burma – Battle of Admin Box began (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Admin_Box

1945 – Italy – USAAF plane missing near Napoli, 11 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19450205-2

1946 – North Korea – Chondoist Chongu Party founded. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chondoist_Chongu_Party

1946 – Philippines – USAAF plane crashed at Negros Island, 24 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19460205-1

1947 – USA – International Air Freight plane crashed at Harrington, DL, 1 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19470205-0

1949 – Columbia – AVIANCA plane crashed at Buenaventura Bay, 5 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19490205-0

1954 – USA – USAF plane crashed near Curry, AK, 10 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19540205-1

1955 – Nigeria – West African Airways Corp plane crashed near Calabar, 13 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19550205-0

1956 – Italy – VII Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony in Cortina d’Ampezzo. http://www.olympic.org/cortina-d-ampezzo-1956-winter-olympics


1958 – USA – The Tybee bomb (Hydrogen) was lost by US Air Force off coast of Savannah, Georgia. https://youtu.be/Lu6DtRsrClo http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18587608

1967 – USA – Lunar Orbiter 3 launched. http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1967-008A

1994 – Bosnia & Herzegovina – First Markale Massacre (Bosnian War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markale_massacres

1997 – Switzerland – The “Big Three Banks” announced creation of $71m fund to aid Holocaust survivors and families.

2000 – Chechnya – Novye Aldi Massacre (Second Chechen War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novye_Aldi_massacre

2004 – Indonesia – Earthquake measuring 7.0Mw, epicentre in Papua, 37 killed.

2004 – Haiti – Haiti Rebellion began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Haitian_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat

2005 – Celebes Sea – Earthquake measuring 7.1Mw, 2 killed.

2008 – USA – Tornados across Southern US, 57 killed. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/weather/storms/tornadoes/2008-02-05-south-storms_N.htm


2016 – USA – Crane fell in New York, 1 killed. https://youtu.be/1qoUjMBbbhQ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-35505329