On This Day in History – February 5 – Almanac

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On February 5, 2007, American astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak was arrested after driving from Houston to Orlando, Florida to confront another naval officer. File photo courtesy of the Orlando Police Department | License picture

Today is Saturday, February 5, the 36th day of 2022 with 329 to follow.

The moon is growing. The morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Uranus and Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus.


People born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. These include former British Prime Minister Robert Peel, founder of the London Police Force, in 1788; the Scottish John Dunlop, inventor of the tire, in 1840; French automobile pioneer André Citroën in 1878; American statesman Adlai E. Stevenson in 1900; actor John Carradine in 1906; novelist William Burroughs in 1914; comedian/actor Red Buttons in 1919; Baseball Hall of Famer Henry “Hank” Aaron in 1934; hockey commentator Don Cherry in 1934 (age 88); financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn in 1939 (age 83); the Swiss artist HR Giger in 1940; television writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell in 1941; Heisman Trophy/Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, 1942 (80); director Michael Mann in 1943 (age 79); musician Al Kooper in 1944 (age 78); racing driver Darrell Waltrip in 1947 (age 75); writer/comedian Christopher Guest in 1948 (age 74); actor Barbara Hershey in 1948 (age 74); actor Tom Wilkinson in 1948 (age 74); actor Tim Meadows in 1961 (age 61); actor Jennifer Jason Leigh in 1962 (age 60); actor Laura Linney in 1964 (age 58); Golf Hall of Famer Jose Maria Olazabal in 1966 (age 56); singer Bobby Brown in 1969 (age 53); actor Michael Sheen in 1969 (age 53); country music singer Sara Evans in 1971 (age 51); actor Nora Zehetner in 1981 (41 years old); Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo in 1985 (age 37); actor Darren Criss in 1987 (age 35); actor Henry Golding in 1987 (age 35); Brazilian football star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior in 1992 (age 30); Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager shot dead by a neighbor who was acquitted after claiming self-defense, in 1995.


On this historical date:

In 1631, British clergyman Roger Williams, who founded the colony of Rhode Island, arrived in Salem, Mass., seeking religious freedom.

In 1918, a German submarine torpedoed the SS Tuscania, sinking the liner as it carried thousands of American troops to Europe. More than 200 died, the rest were rescued by other ships in the convoy.

In 1919, screen legends Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and DW Griffith formed United Artists.

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed expanding the Supreme Court to 15 justices, prompting accusations that he was trying to “wrap” the court. He scrapped the plan later that year.

In 1945, American troops under General Douglas MacArthur returned to Manila, freeing the Philippine capital from Japanese rule.

In 1971, Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell stayed on the moon for 4 hours. They were the fifth and sixth astronauts to walk on the Moon since Apollo 11 in 1969.

In 1989, the last Soviet troops left Kabul, ending a nearly decade-long involvement in a war between the Afghan communist government and Muslim rebels. All troops left the country within weeks of leaving the capital.

In 1994, white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the 1963 murder of Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

In 2003, arguing for UN-sanctioned military action in Iraq, US Secretary of State Colin Powell accused Saddam Hussein’s regime of misleading UN weapons inspectors and having ties with the Al-Qaeda terrorist network.

In 2007, US astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak, a naval officer, was arrested on multiple charges, including attempted kidnapping, after driving from Houston to Orlando, Florida, to confront another officer who ‘she considered a romantic rival for another astronaut. Nowak eventually pleaded guilty to lesser charges, avoided jail time, and was forced out of the Navy.

In 2021, Fox News Media announced it had canceled its much-loved show hosted by Lou Dobbs a day after he was named in a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit filed by voting technology company Smartmatic. The company accused Dobbs of a disinformation campaign regarding the 2020 presidential election.


A thought of the day: “True friendship is never serene.” — French aristocrat/writer Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

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