Today In History, 5 February: What Happened On This Day

What happened today in history (February 5): Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were born, Mir Jafar and Christopher Plummer died, the first synthetic plastic was invented, Modern Times was released, the first naval air mission was carried out and more.

This day in history (February 5): Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar's birthdays

This day in history (February 5): Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar’s birthdays

Today in history, February 5: 2023 continues to move forward. February has begun and some people are still living in the previous year. But we are here to wake you up from your slumber. It’s time to expand your general knowledge by learning the historical significance of February.

Today is February 5, another mundane-looking winter day. However, February 5 occupies a fundamental place in world history.

Dive in to find out what big events took place on this day (February 5) in sports, politics and art, along with famous birthdays and deaths in world history.

Historical events on this day

  • In 1597, a group of early Japanese Christians, known as the “26 Martyrs,” were murdered by Japan’s new government for being seen as a threat to Japanese society.
  • In 1783, a series of devastating earthquakes struck Calabria, Italy, killing more than 30,000 people.
  • In 1852, the New Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, opened to the public.
  • In 1907, Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announced the creation of Bakelite, the world’s first synthetic plastic.
  • In 1913, Greek aviators Michael Moutoussis and Aristeidis Moraitinis carried out the first naval air mission in history during the Balkan Wars.
  • In 1917, the current constitution of Mexico was adopted.
  • In 1971, Apollo 14, the United States’ third manned mission to the Moon, landed successfully.
  • In 2014, Google Vice President Susan Wojcicki was named CEO of YouTube.
  • In 2019, Pope Francis became the first Pope in history to visit and celebrate a papal mass in the Arabian Peninsula during his visit to Abu Dhabi.

Sports events today

  • In 1943, American boxer Jake LaMotta, star of Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull, handed future Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Robinson his first defeat.
  • In 1989, Kareem Abdul-Jabar became the first NBA player to score 38,000 points.
  • In 2017, Tom Brady led the New England Patriots overcoming a 25-point deficit to win the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.

Art and culture events today

  • In 1887, Giuseppe Verdi’s first opera in more than 15 years, “Otello,” premiered at La Scala in Italy.
  • In 1919, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and DW Griffith founded the Hollywood film studio United Artists.
  • In 1922 the popular magazine Reader’s Digest was first published.
  • In 1936, Charlie Chaplin’s iconic comedy film Modern Times was released.

Notable deaths on this day

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Mir Jafar, Indian military general and traitor who betrayed the Nawab of Bengal Siraj ud-Daulah during the Battle of Plassey, allowing the British to occupy Bengal.



Thomas Carlyle, Scottish essayist, historian and philosopher best known for his 1837 book The French Revolution: A History.



Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American filmmaker who directed classics such as Cleopatra, Eve Naked, and Julius Caesar



Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian yoga guru who developed and popularized Transcendental Meditation



Kirk Douglas, famous American actor and Hollywood icon known for his leading roles in films such as Spartacus and Paths of Glory.



Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor known for his seven decades in film, theater and television.

Famous birthdays on this day

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Robert Hofstadter, American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1961 for his studies on electron scattering.



Hank Aaron, American baseball player considered one of the greatest hitters in this sport.



Nolan Bushnell, American businessman and inventor considered the “father of electronic games” for founding Pong and Atari, Inc.



Michael Mann, American filmmaker known for his unique visual appeal and thrillers such as Heat, The Insider, and Collateral.



Tony Jaa, Thai martial artist, actor and choreographer known for his Ong-Bak film series



Abhishek Bachchan, Indian actor, son of Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, and known for his films Yuva and Dhoom.



Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese footballer considered one of the best players in this sport and one of the top scorers in the world for both Portugal and the La Liga clubs Manchester United and Real Madrid.



Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Indian cricketer and prominent wicket-taker of the national team



Neymar, Brazilian footballer known for his speed, theatricality on the field and ability to score goals.

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