February 5: Day of the Week
February 5, 2016 was the 36th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 330 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
February 5 Historical Event(s)
- 1783In Calabria a sequence of strong earthquakes begins.
- 1852The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, opens to the public.
- 1885King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal possession.
- 1924The Royal Greenwich Observatory begins broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the “BBC pips”.
- 1994Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
- 2000New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- 2000Russian forces massacre at least 60 civilians in the Novye Aldi suburb of Grozny, Chechnya.
- 2004Rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capture the city of Gonaïves, starting the 2004 Haiti rebellion.
- 2004Twenty-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.
- 2008A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States leaves 57 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.
Who were born on February 5?
- 1505Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (d. 1572)
- 1900Adlai Stevenson, American politician, 31st Governor of Illinois (d. 1965)
- 1910Francisco Varallo, Argentine footballer (d. 2010)
- 1919Andreas Papandreou, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1996)
- 1941Kaspar Villiger, Swiss Federal Councilor
- 1950Jonathan Freeman, American actor
- 1953John Beilein, American basketball coach
- 1980Prince Peter, American-born Yugoslav royalty
- 1980Stefano Di Fiordo, Italian footballer
- 1982Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iranian basketball player (d. 2007)
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