February 5: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

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.

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 Events Happened On February 5 In History?

2020 US President Donald Trump was acquitted of impeachment charges by the US Senate.

Charges that Trump abused his power to aid his own re-election were dropped, despite overwhelming amounts of evidence laid against him. Republican senators resoundingly voted in favor of acquittal, with just one senator crossing party lines to vote for the then-president's incarceration.

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2014 The vice president of Google, Susan Wojcicki, became the CEO of YouTube.

2013 The House of Commons voted in favor of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom.

OTD in 2013: The House of Commons voted in favor of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom.

Same-sex marriages in England and Wales began at midnight on March 29, 2014.

2004 The Morecambe Bay cockling disaster killed twenty-three people.

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

1988 The Comic Relief charity created “Red Nose Day” in the United Kingdom, and raised £15 million ($19 million).

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1971 NASA’s Apollo 14 mission landed on the Moon.

The Apollo 14 mission was the third of the Apollo missions to land astronauts on the Moon and the eighth crewed mission of the Apollo program. The lunar lander experienced two major malfunctions, which almost caused the mission to be aborted. Fortunately, the astronauts were quick on their toes, and workarounds were found so that the mission went ahead as planned. The astronauts conducted two moonwalks where they collected large amounts of Moon rocks and set up several scientific experiments.

1958 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, but it still hasn't been found.

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1953 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.

1924 Mahatma Gandhi was released from prison after two years into his six-year sentence.

1922 The general interest family magazine Reader’s Digest was first published.

1870 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.

1869 The world’s largest golden nugget was discovered.

OTD in 1869: The world's largest golden nugget was discovered.

It was discovered in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia, by Job Deason and Richard Oates and weighs 214 lb (97.14 kg).

1631 Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, arrived from England in the Massachusetts Bay Colony to become a minister in a Boston church.


1597 The government executed a group of Japanese Catholic Christians (known as the 26 Martyrs) as they were deemed too dangerous to Japan’s way of life.

Famous Quotes Said On February 5

Of all of the quotes said on this day, these are the most well-known ones spoken on Feb 5 throughout history.


“It is the same with people as it is with riding a bike. Only when moving can one comfortably maintain one’s balance.”

– Albert Einstein

Famous People Born On February 5

Is today your birthday? If so, did you know that Cristiano Ronaldo was also born on this day? Here are more famous people born on this day.

1985 Cristiano Ronaldo

Portuguese Footballer

Cristiano Ronaldo
38 years old
Born In:
Madeira, Portugal

1992 Neymar Jr

Brazilian Soccer Player

Neymar Jr
31 years old
Born In:
São Paulo, Brazil

1987 Darren Criss

American Actor

Darren Criss
36 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1969 Michael Sheen

Welsh Actor

Michael Sheen
54 years old
Born In:
Wales, UK

Special Holidays On February 5

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

February 5: World Nutella Day

World Nutella Day

There’s only one way to make chocolate even more impressive than it already is. That’s to make it spreadable. Today is World Nutella Day, so what are you waiting for? Grab a bottle of the good stuff and get spreading!

February 5: National Shower with a Friend Day

National Shower with a Friend Day

While Shower With a Friend Day may have started as a PR stunt for a shower filter company, it’s now pretty much what its name says! It doesn’t matter whether you shower with a buddy, a pal, someone special, or maybe even your pet; it’s all good fun.

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In South Dakota, you can get a driver’s permit at age 14 with parental consent. Once you turn 16, you can get your license.

February 5 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Being a lone thinker can make Aquarians somewhat detached from their world, and the world everybody else lives in.

Those of you that were born in February have the Amethyst birthstone. With its warm, rich purple colors, Amethyst is one of the most well-known semi-precious colored stones in the world.

If you were born on this day, your estimated date of conception would be May 15th in the previous year.

Babies conceived on this day will likely be born around October 29, 2023.

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