February 5: Day of the Week
February 5, 2017 was the 36th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 329 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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.
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February 5 Historical Event(s)
- 1782Spanish defeat British forces and capture Minorca.
- 1818Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
- 1869The largest alluvial gold nugget in history, called the “Welcome Stranger”, is found in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia.
- 1900The United States and the United Kingdom sign a treaty for the Panama Canal
- 1919Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith launch United Artists.
- 1924The Royal Greenwich Observatory begins broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the “BBC pips”.
- 1937President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposes a plan to enlarge the Supreme Court of the United States.
- 1962French President Charles De Gaulle calls for Algeria to be granted independence.
- 1994During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina more than 60 people are killed and some 200 wounded as a mortar shell slams into a downtown marketplace in Sarajevo.
- 2000New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Dragon in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on February 5?
- 1795Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger, Austrian mineralogist (d. 1871)
- 1880Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (d. 1973)
- 1910Charles Leblond, Canadian cell biologist (d. 2007)
- 1919Andreas Papandreou, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1996)
- 1935Alex Harvey, Scottish rock musician (d. 1982)
- 1942Cory Wells, American singer (Three Dog Night)
- 1959Jennifer Granholm American politician, 47th Governor of Michigan
- 1967Frederick Pitcher, Nauruan politician
- 1971Sara Evans, American singer
- 1982Tomáš Kopecký, Slovak ice hockey player
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