February 5th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
February 5th History Highlights
February 5th is…
California Western Monarch Day
National Chocolate Fondue Day
Shower With A Friend Day
World Read Aloud Day
February 5th Birthday Quotes
“My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.”
“I am interested in the notion that people can become so obsessed by their world that they lose sense and awareness of how they appear to other people. They’re so earnest about it. But that’s true of so many things.”
“Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts.”
Spectacular achievements come from unspectacular preparation.
“Telling lies is a bit like tiling bathrooms – if you don’t know how to do it properly, it’s best not to try.”
“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling bad or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”
“You know, you really do choose your existence in a way.”
“The Dutch customs once thought my pictures were photos. Where on earth did they think I could have photographed my subjects? In Hell, perhaps?”
“Since I was the stupidest kid in my class, it never occurred to me to try and be perfect, so I’ve always been happy as a writer just to entertain myself. That’s an easier place to start.”
“What counts now is not just what we are against, but what we are for. Who leads us is less important than what leads us- what convictions, what courage, what faith- win or lose.”
February 5th Birthdays
Weatherperson’s Day, named after the birthday (Feb 5, 1744) of early US weatherman, John Jeffries.
1723 – John Witherspoon, American patriot, invented the word ‘Americanism’ (died in 1794)
February 5th History
62 – Pompeii earthquake (not to be confused with the Great Earthquake of 79)
1778 – South Carolina became the second state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy
1824 – Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating founded “The Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts” in Philadelphia.
1846 – The Oregon Spectator became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast, in Oregon City.
1883 – The Southern Pacific Railroad completed its transcontinental “Sunset Route” from New Orleans to California.
1917 – The Congress of the United States passed the Immigration Act of 1917. Also known as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act, and it forbade immigration from nearly all of south and southeast Asia.
1919 – Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith launch United Artists.
1929 – A runner’s ‘starting blocks’ (Foot Support) patent (#1,701,026) was issued to George T. Bresnahan of Iowa City, Iowa
1936 – The last silent film of the era, Modern Times, was released by Charlie Chaplin.
1953 – Walt Disney film Peter Pan opened at the Roxy Theatre in New York City.
1955 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1955 – February 11, 1955: The Fontane Sisters – Hearts Of Stone
1958 – A hydrogen bomb, known as the Tybee Bomb, was lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, and was never found.
1966 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1966 – February 18, 1966: Petula Clark – My Love
1972 – Bob Douglas became the first African-American to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
1977 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1977 – February 18, 1977: Mary MacGregor – Torn Between Two Lovers
1983 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1983 – February 18, 1983: Toto – Africa
1988 – Manuel Noriega was indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.
February 5, 1992 Birthday (fictional) Bonnie Bennett, Vampire Diaries, TV
1999 – Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release.
2000 – Kelly Ripa officially joined Regis Philbin on Live!
2008 – A major tornado outbreak (2008 Super Tuesday Tornado Outbreak) struck across the Southern United States killing 57 people.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
TV Quotes… “Space, the final frontier …” (Capt. James Tiberius Kirk) on “Star Trek”
Every time in medical movies and shows when the doctor walks in announcing what’s wrong with the patient, they break HIPAA.
Downside Up isn’t the opposite up upside down. Upside up is.
“I’ll be in Hell before you start breakfast” – ‘Black Jack’ Ketchum (famous train robber) #LastWords
A group of Meteorologists is a Shower.
Over 90% of all fish caught are caught in the northern hemisphere.
The oldies station will have come full circle when it starts playing Weezer’s “Buddy Holly.”
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
The very best place to do a shady transaction or deal is in neon animal costumes outside a mental institution because no one would believe the witnesses.
Jayne Mansfield – Real Name: Vera Jane Palmer
Sammy Hagar’s biggest single “I Can’t Drive 55” spawned from a speeding ticket he got in NY.
Calculus has not changed much over 1000 years, but there is always that new edition of a textbook that comes out.
I forgot my password. Old me has outwitted new me.
“It’s strong enough for both of us.” #famouslastwords
From the beginning of “Empire Strikes Back” to halfway through “Return of the Jedi,” Han Solo was wearing the same pants.
Pringles are about 42% potato.
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