2021 February

February 5: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 5

February 5th is known as World Nutella Day and Shower with a Friend Day.

We’d like to welcome you to the 36th day of the year! We still have 329 days left of this year.

People who were born on February 5th share the Aquarius star sign.

Here you’ll find facts about February 5, as well as some key events that all happened on this day throughout history. You’ll also pick up a few less important events including language and literature and food and drink facts.

Did you know that on this day in 1869, the world’s largest golden nugget was found? It was discovered at Moliagul, Victoria, Australia and weighed 3,123 ozt (97.14 kg).

Keep reading for more interesting facts about February 5th in history!

What Happened On February 5 In History?


The vice president of Google, Susan Wojcicki became the CEO of YouTube.


In the United Kingdom the House of Commons voted in favor of same-sex marriage.


Morecambe Bay cockling disaster killed 23 people.

On this day at around 21:30 a group of 35 Chinese immigrant cockle pickers became trapped by rising tides.

Comic Relief charity started Red Nose Day in the United Kingdom and raised £15 million ($19 million).


A nuclear bomb was lost off the coast of Georgia, US.

A B-457 bomber was conducting a training mission off the coast of Georgia near Tybee Island. The bomber collided with an F-86 fighter jet in midair, and the pilot jettisoned the bomb to avoid it exploding while the bomber made an emergency landing. There have been many attempts to locate the bomb, however it still hasn't been found.

Sweet rationing during World War II finally came to an end in Britain.

This news was a relief for many sweet and chocolate fans, who had been limited since July 26, 1942.

Mahatma Gandhi was released from prison after two years into his six-year sentence.


The general interest family magazine, Reader’s Digest was first published.


The first motion picture was shown to a theater audience at the Philadelphia Academy of Music.

OTD in 1870: The first motion picture was shown to a theater audience at the Philadelphia Academy of Music.

The world’s largest golden nugget was found.

OTD in 1869: The world's largest golden nugget was found.
It was discovered in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia by Job Deason and Richard Oates and weighs 214 lb (97.14 kg).

Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, arrived from England in the Massachusetts Bay Colony to become a minister in a Boston church.

Source Politico

A group of Japanese Catholic Christians (known as the 26 Martyrs) were executed by the government, as they were deemed too dangerous to Japan’s way of life.

Did you know that on this day, February 5th 1869, the world's largest golden nugget was found?