February 05: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On February 5, learn about the most interesting historical events and facts that occurred throughout history. The 36th day of the Gregorian calendar is February 5th. The earthquake that struck Pompeii, Italy; Congress approved the Immigration Act of 1917; and Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks founded United Artists on this day.

Aquarius is the zodiac sign for February 5th. Adlai Stevenson, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Laura Linney all have famous birthdays. National Shower with a Friend Day and World Nutella Day both fall on February 5th.


(February 05, 1907)
Leo Baekeland, a Belgian chemist, announces the development of Bakelite, the world's first synthetic plastic.


(February 05, 1918)
Stephen W. Thompson shoots down a German plane, marking the United States military's first aerial victory.

(February 05, 1919)
United Artists is founded by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith.

(February 05, 1924)
The Greenwich Time Signal is broadcast hourly by the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

(February 05, 1985)
Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese football (soccer) player, was born in Funchal, Portugal, and is considered one of the best strikers of his generation.

(Died on February 05, 2021)
Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor (b. 1929).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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