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.
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.
National Wear Red Day® is observed in the United States on the first Friday in February. It is an annual campaign aimed raising awareness of heart disease and stroke in women.
This Day in History
2013Died: 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.
2008Died: 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.
1999Died: 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.
1997Switzerland banks announced the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.
1995Died: 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.
1994More 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.
1991Died: 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.
1987Born: Darren Criss, American actor and singer, mostly known for his portrayal of Blaine Anderson on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee.
1985Born: 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.
1980Born: Brad Fitzpatrick, American programmer, creator of LiveJournal and the author of a variety free software projects.
1971Astronauts 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.
1962Died: 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.
1958US Air Force lost a hydrogen bomb off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. The bomb has never been recovered.
1952Died: 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.
1927Born: 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.
1920Born: Frank Muir, English comedian and actor, known for writings together with Denis Norden for BBC radio (Take It From Here, My Word!, My Music).
1919United Artist, an American film and television entertainment company, was launched by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith.
1918SS 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.
1915Born: Robert Hofstadter, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for studies of electron scattering in atomic nuclei and for discoveries concerning the structure of nucleons.
1914Born: William S. Burroughs, American author, known as a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author.
1909Leo Baekeland, Belgian Chemist, announced the creation of Bakelite, the world's first synthetic plastic.
1906Born: 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.
1885The treaty for the Panama Canal was signed by the United States and the United Kingdom.
1881Died: Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian and author, considered as one of the most important social commentators of his time.
1878Born: 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).
1840Born: Hiram Maxim, American-English inventor, inventor of the Maxim Gun, the first portable, fully automatic machine gun.
1754Died: Nicolaas Kruik, Dutch astronomer and cartographer, whose historical calculations are still used today by the Dutch meteorological institute.
1579Died: 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.
62An 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.