Holidays Calendar for February 5, 2013

Kashmir Solidarity Day, also referred to as Kashmir Day, is a public holiday in Pakistan celebrated on February 5. It has been observed since 1990.

On February 5, the Republic of Burundi celebrates Unity Day. This public holiday was introduced by President Pierre Buyoya in an attempt to reconcile the warring ethnic groups of the Tutsi and the Hutu.

February 5 is a public holiday in San Marino known as Liberation Day. It commemorates the anniversary of the liberation from the Alberoni occupation. It is also the feast day of Saint Agatha of Sicily, the patron saint of San Marino.

Safer Internet Day is an annual observance organized by the Insafe network each February. It is dedicated to raising awareness of emerging online issues, from social networking to cyberbullying, and making Internet a safer place for kids and young people across the world.


February 5 is National Weatherperson's Day (or National Weatherman's Day) in the USA.

On February 5, the Finns celebrate the birthday of Johan Ludvig Runeberg, their national poet. It is not an official flag day in Finland, but the state flag is still traditionally flown on this occasion.

Birthdays of the members of the Royal Family are not public holidays in Denmark, but on these days the state flag is traditionally flown. For instance, February 5 is the birthday of Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark.

Chocolate fondue is the best choice, if you want to organize a party. Celebrate National Chocolate Fondue Day on February 5 dipping slices of fruit or cookies into chocolate fondue.

This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Stuart Freeborn, English make up artist, often referred as the "grandfather of modern make-up design". Among his best known works is the design and fabrication of Yoda on the original Star Wars trilogy.
  • 2008 Died: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, developer of Transcendental Meditation technique and the leader guru of worldwide organization, that had been characterized as a new religious movement and as non-religious.
  • 1999 Died: Wassily Leontief, Russian-American economist, Nobel Prize laureate in Economic Sciences. Known for his research of how changes in one economic sector may have an effect on others.
  • 1997 Switzerland banks announced the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.
  • 1995 Died: Doug McClure, American actor, whose career extended from the 1950s to the 1990s. Best known for his role as the cowboy Trampas during the run of the NBC western television series The Virginian.
  • 1994 More than 60 people were killed and around 200 wounded as a mortar shell exploded in a downtown marketplace of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • 1991 Died: Dean Jagger, American film, stage and television actor, best known for his role in Henry King's Twelve O'Clock High, that was prized with Academy Award.
  • 1987 Born: Darren Criss, American actor and singer, mostly known for his portrayal of Blaine Anderson on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee.
  • 1985 Born: Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese footballer, sometimes regarded as the best player in the world and one of the greatest of all time. Ronaldo is also known to be the world's most expensive player.
  • 1980 Born: Brad Fitzpatrick, American programmer, creator of LiveJournal and the author of a variety free software projects.
  • 1971 Astronauts in the Apollo 14 mission landed on the Moon. This mission was the last of "H missions" targeting landings with 2-day stays on the Moon.
  • 1962 Died: Jacques Ibert, French composer, author of operas, ballets, music for films and plays, choral works and chamber music, best remembered for his orchestral works Escales and Divertissement.
  • 1958 US Air Force lost a hydrogen bomb off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. The bomb has never been recovered.
  • 1952 Died: Adela Verne, English pianist and composer, considered one of the greatest woman pianists of her ear, ranked alongside the male pianists giants of the time.
  • 1927 Born: Ruth Fertel, American businesswoman, founder of Ruth's Chris Steak House, a chain of 136 steakhouses across the U.S. Ruth's Chris Steak House is currently the largest luxury steak company in number of locations.
  • 1920 Born: Frank Muir, English comedian and actor, known for writings together with Denis Norden for BBC radio (Take It From Here, My Word!, My Music).
  • 1919 United Artist, an American film and television entertainment company, was launched by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith.
  • 1918 SS Tuscania was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland by the German U-boat UB-77 and sunk. 210 American soldiers of 2,000 aboard died.
  • 1915 Born: Robert Hofstadter, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for studies of electron scattering in atomic nuclei and for discoveries concerning the structure of nucleons.
  • 1914 Born: William S. Burroughs, American author, known as a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author.
  • 1909 Leo Baekeland, Belgian Chemist, announced the creation of Bakelite, the world's first synthetic plastic.
  • 1906 Born: John Carradine, American actor, best known for his roles in Westerns and horror films. Carradine is regarded as one of the most prolific character actors in Hollywood history.
  • 1885 The treaty for the Panama Canal was signed by the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • 1881 Died: Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian and author, considered as one of the most important social commentators of his time.
  • 1878 Born: André Citroën, French engineer and businessman, founder of Citroën, a major French automobile manufacturer, today a part of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group.
  • 1869 "Welcome Stranger", the largest alluvial gold nugget in the history, was found in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia. It's refined weight was 3,123 oz 6 dwts 9 gr (71.018 kg) and it's measured 24 by 12 in (61 by 31 cm).
  • 1840 Born: Hiram Maxim, American-English inventor, inventor of the Maxim Gun, the first portable, fully automatic machine gun.
  • 1754 Died: Nicolaas Kruik, Dutch astronomer and cartographer, whose historical calculations are still used today by the Dutch meteorological institute.
  • 1579 Died: Giovanni Battista Moroni, Italian painter, best known for his realistic portraits of the local clergy and nobility, considered as one of the greatest portrait painters of the 16th century Italy.
  • 62 An earthquake severely damaged Pompei and Herculaneum, Italy. This earthquake may have been a precursor to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79, that totally destroyed the same two towns.