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Daily Trivia Facts - February 5

Births

976 - Sanjo, Emperor of Japan (d. 1017)
1505 - Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (d. 1572)
1519 - René of Châlon, Prince of the House of Orange (d. 1544)
1534 - Giovanni de' Bardi, Italian writer, composer, and soldier (d. 1612)
1589 - Esteban Manuel de Villegas, Spanish poet (d. 1669)
1626 - Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, French author (d. 1696)
1650 - Anne-Jules, 2nd duc de Noailles, French general (d. 1708)
1703 - Gilbert Tennent, Irish-born religious leader (d. 1764)
1725 - James Otis, American lawyer and patriot (d. 1783)
1788 - Robert Peel, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1850)
1795 - Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger, Austrian mineralogist (d. 1871)
1804 - Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (d. 1877)
1808 - Carl Spitzweg, German painter (d. 1885)
1810 - Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (d. 1880)
1837 - Dwight L. Moody, American evangelist (d. 1899)
1840 - John Boyd Dunlop, Scottish inventor (d. 1921)
1848 - Joris-Karl Huysmans, French author (d. 1907)
1848 - Belle Starr, American outlaw (d. 1889)
1878 - André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (d. 1935)
1880 - Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (d. 1973)
1889 - Ernest Tyldesley, British cricketer (d. 1962)
1900 - Adlai Stevenson, American politician (d. 1965)
1906 - John Carradine, American actor (d. 1988)
1908 - Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twin actresses (d. 1969)
1910 - Francisco Varallo, Argentine footballer
1911 - Jussi Björling, Swedish tenor (d. 1960)
1914 - William S. Burroughs, American author (d. 1997)
1914 - Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, British scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1998)
1915 - Robert Hofstadter, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1990)
1918 - Tim Holt, American actor (d. 1973)
1919 - Red Buttons, American actor
1919 - Andreas Papandreou, Greek politician (d. 1996)
1921 - John Pritchard, British conductor (d. 1989)
1923 - Claude King, American musician
1927 - Ruth Fertel, American entrepreneur (d. 2002)
1928 - Andrew Greeley, American priest and novelist
1929 - Luc Ferrari, French composer (d. 2005)
1929 - Fred Sinowatz, Austrian politician
1929 - Al Worthington, baseball player
1930 - John A. Gambling, American radio show host (d. 2004)
1933 - Jörn Donner, Finnish writer, film director, producer and politician
1934 - Don Cherry, Canadian NHL Hockey player and coach, and "CBC's Hockey Night in Canada" Commentator
1934 - Hank Aaron, baseball player
1937 - Stuart Damon, American actor
1937 - Wang Xuan, Chinese scientist, the "Father of Chinese Language Laser Typesetting"
1940 - H.R. Giger, Swiss artist
1941 - Jane Bryant Quinn, American journalist
1941 - David Selby, American actor
1941 - Kaspar Villiger, Swiss Federal Councilor
1942 - Roger Staubach, American football player
1943 - Nolan Bushnell, American video game pioneer
1943 - Michael Mann, American film director, writer, and producer
1943 - Craig Morton, American football player
1944 - Al Kooper, American musician
1945 - Charlotte Rampling, British actress
1947 - Darrell Waltrip, American race car driver
1948 - Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish Football Manager
1948 - Christopher Guest, American actor, writer, director, and composer
1948 - Barbara Hershey, American actress
1948 - Errol Morris, American film director
1948 - V. Alexander Stefan, American physicist, educator, and writer
1949 - Nigel Olsson, drummer
1953 - John Beilein, American head coach of the West Virginia University men's basketball team
1954 - Cliff Martinez, American musician
1962 - Jennifer Jason Leigh, American actress
1964 - Laura Linney, American actress
1964 - Duff McKagen, American musician (Guns N' Roses)
1965 - Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian footballer
1966 - Rok Petrovič, Slovenian skier (d. 1993)
1968 - Roberto Alomar, baseball player
1969 - Bobby Brown, American singer
1971 - Sara Evans, American singer
1972 - Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
1972 - Koriki Choshu, Japanese comedian
1976 - Tony Jaa, Thai actor
1976 - Abhishek Bachchan, Indian actor
1977 - Ben Ainslie, British sailor
1977 - Ahmad Merritt, American football player
1978 - Shawn Reaves, American actor
1980 - Brad Fitzpatrick, LiveJournal creator
1980 - Robin Vik, Czech tennis player
1980 - Jo Swinson, British politician
1984 - Carlos Tévez, Argentinine footballer
1985 - Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese footballer
1986 - Reed Sorenson, NASCAR driver
1989 - Jeremy Sumpter, American actor

Deaths

995 - William IV, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 937)
1520 - Sten Sture the Younger, regent of Sweden (b. 1493)
1578 - Giambattista Moroni, Italian painter
1705 - Philipp Jakob Spener, German theologian (b. 1635)
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 patriot and military leader (b. 1725)
1818 - King Charles XIII of Sweden (b. 1748)
1881 - Thomas Carlyle, Scottish writer and historian (b. 1795)
1915 - Ross Barnes, baseball player (b. 1850)
1917 - Jaber II Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1860 )
1922 - Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Croatian inventor (b. 1871)
1922 - Christiaan De Wet, South African general
1937 - Lou Andreas-Salome, Russian-born writer (b. 1861)
1946 - George Arliss, English actor (b. 1868)
1948 - Johannes Blaskowitz, German general (b. 1883)
1962 - Jacques Ibert, French composer (b. 1890)
1966 - Ludwig Binswanger, Swiss psychiatrist (b. 1881)
1967 - Leon Leonwood Bean, American department store founder (b. 1872)
1970 - Rudy York, baseball player (b. 1913)
1972 - Marianne Moore, American poet (b. 1887)
1976 - Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
1977 - Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
1981 - Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)
1991 - Dean Jagger, American actor (b. 1903)
1992 - Miguel Rolando Covian, Brazilian physiologist (b. 1913)
1993 - Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American writer, producer, and director (b. 1909)
1995 - Doug McClure, American actor (b. 1935)
1997 - Pamela Harriman, English-born American diplomat (b. 1920)
1999 - Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner (b. 1906)
2003 - Helge Boes, American Central Intelligence Agency officer
2005 - Gnassingbe Eyadema, President of Togo (b. 1937)
2006 - Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actress and comedienne (b. 1930)
2006 - Franklin Cover, American actor (b. 1928)

Events

1576 - Henry of Navarre converts to Roman Catholicism in order to ensure his right to the throne of France.
1597 - The Keikyo a group of early Japanese Christians are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society.
1631 - Roger Williams emigrates to Boston.
1778 - South Carolina becomes the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
1782 - Spanish defeat British forces and capture Minorca.
1818 - Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
1846 - The Oregon Spectator becomes the first newspaper on the Pacific coast of the United States.
1859 - Wallachia and Moldavia are united under Alexander John Cuza under the name Romania (see December 1, 1918 for the final unification, Transylvania and other regions were still missing at this time).
1881 - Phoenix, Arizona is incorporated.
1885 - King Léopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal possession.
1917 - The current constitution of Mexico is adopted, establishing a federal republic with powers separated into independent executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
1917 - The Congress of the United States passes a law, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, banning most Asian immigration to the United States.
1919 - Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith launch United Artists.
1922 - DeWitt and Lila Wallace publish the first issue of Reader's Digest. (Some sources say February 7.)
1924 - The Royal Greenwich Observatory begin broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the "BBC pips".
1936 - Charlie Chaplin releases the last movie of the silent film era, Modern Times.
1937 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposes a plan to enlarge the Supreme Court of the United States.
1945 - World War II: General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila.
1946 - The Chondoist Chongu Party is founded in North Korea.
1958 - Gamel Abdel Nasser is nominated to be the first president of the United Arab Republic.
1958 - A hydrogen bomb known as the Tybee Bomb is lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, never to be recovered.
1961 - The Sunday Telegraph publishes its first issue.
1962 - French President Charles De Gaulle calls for allowing Algeria to be an independent nation.
1968 - The Battle of Khe Sanh of the Vietnam War begins.
1971 - Apollo 14 lands on the Moon.
1972 - Bob Douglas becomes the first African American elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
1974 - John Murtha becomes the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the Congress of the United States.
1978 - The Blizzard of 1978, one of the worst Nor'easters ever to hit New England, forms.
1988 - Manuel Noriega is indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.
1988 - Comic Relief hold the first "Red Nose Day", which raises £15 million in the United Kingdom for charity.
1991 - A Michigan court bars Dr. Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides.
1994 - Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
1997 - The so-called Big Three banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.
1997 - Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter investment banks announce a $10 billion merger.
2003 - U.S. plan to invade Iraq: Colin Powell addresses the UN Security Council on Iraq.
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.
2004 - Rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capture the city of Gonaïves, starting the 2004 Haiti rebellion.

Holidays

Kashmir Day observes as public holiday in Pakistan.
Catholicism - Feast day of Saint Agatha of Sicily, patron saint of firework makers and glass blowers.
Saint Bertolf
     
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