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FEBRUARY 5

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Burundi: Unity Day

Burundi U.S. Department of State Canadian Ministry of Immigration
Japan: Martyr Day
(Memorializes Saint Peter Baptist and others who were crucified by Emperor Tagosama in 1597)
Japan Catholic Saints Catholic Encyclopedia
Mexico: Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day)
(Commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the present constitution: 02/05/1917)
Mexico U.S. Department of State
San Marino: Sant' Agata
(Celebration of liberation from the Cardinal Giuio Alberoni Occupation in 1740)
San Marino Expedia
1723 John Witherspoon (Scottish-American Signer of Declaration of Independence) Scotland Declaration of Independence
1788 Robert Peel (Prime Minister of England) British Poltical & Social Leaders
1900 Adlai Stevenson (California-born Statesman, Governor of Illinois: 1949-53, Democratic Nominee for President of the United States) Los Angeles Political & Social Leaders Illinois Political & Social Leaders American Politcal Leaders Biography.com New York Times
1919 Andreas Papandreou (Premier of Greece) Greek Political and Social Leaders
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1721 James, Earl Stanhope (English Statesman) English Political and Social Leaders Chamber's Book of Days
1807 Pasquale Paoli (Corsican Patriot, General) French Military Figures Chamber's Book of Days
1997 Pamela Harriman (English-American U.S. Ambassador) English Political and Social Leaders U.S. Government
2005 Gnassingbe Eyadema (President of Togo) Togo BBC
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1826 Millard Fillmore Marries Abigail Powers Millard Fillmore History Channel
1836 Charles Darwin's HMS Beagle Reaches Tasmania Charles Darwin Tasmania The Complete Works of Darwin
1838 Detroit's Brady Guards Are Mustered into Service for the Patriot War in Canada Canada Detroit Military Figures War State of Michigan
1840 The Republic of Texas Passes Legislation Regulating Free African Americans Republic of Texas Law & Legal Resources African-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1844 The Republic of Texas Establishes a Commission to Plan a Central National Road Republic of Texas Texas State Historical Association
1861 President Lincoln Discusses Government Policy for Several Houses with Journalist Horace Greeley Horace Greeley U.S. Government Abraham Lincoln Jounralism Lincoln Logs
1865 Three-day Battle of Dabney's Mill, VA Begins Virginia Battle of Dabney's Mill History Channel
Lincoln's Cabinet Disapproves of His Proposal to Pay Confederate States to Cease Their Resistance U.S. Government Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Economics Lincoln Logs
1885 The Congo State is Established as the Personal Possession of Belgium's King Leopold II Demobratic Republic of the Congo Belgian Political and Social Leaders South African History
1887 Zululand Is Declared a British Protectorate South Africa Great Britain South African History
1917 Over the Veto of President Wilson, the U.S. Congress Passes Act to Restrict Immigration U.S. Congress President Wilson Immigrations History Channel
Mexican President Venustiano Carranza Proclaims the Modern Mexican Constitution Mexico History Channel
West Virginia House of Delegates Passes Joint Resolution Endorsing President Wilson's Decision to Break Diplomatic Relations with Germany Germany West Virginia President Wilson World War I West Virginia State Archives
1918 German Torpedoes Sink U.S Steamship Tuscania Off the Coast of Ireland: 200 Die Ireland Germany World War I Naval Military History Death History Channel
1937 Franklin Roosevelt Proposes Enlarging U.S. Supreme Court Franklin Roosevelt The American Presidency Supreme Court History Channel New York Times
1945 General Douglas MacArthur Leads U.S. Troops into Manila Republic of the Philippines Douglas MacArthur World War II
1953 Dwight Eisenhower Holds First Presidential Prayer Breakfast Dwight Eisenhower Religion Historic Firsts Eisenhower Memorial Commission
Candy and Chocolate Rationing Ends in Great Britain Great Britain Chocolate World War II BBC
1956 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention at Fairbanks Adopt a Constitution for Alaska Alaskan Government Alaska Constitution Alaska Historical Society
1958 Clifton Wharton Is First African-American Chief of a Diplomatic Mission in Europe (Romania) U.S. Government Romania African-American History Historic First U.S. Department of State
1960 South Vietnam Asks U.S. to Double Its Support Vietnam War History Channel
1974 English Trawler Sinks off the Coast of Iceland - 17 Die England Iceland Naval History Death BBC
1982 South African Labor Leader, Neil Aggett, Is Found Hanged while in Police Custody South Africa Labor Death South African History
Britain's Laker Airways Collapses Owing £270 Million to Banks and Creditors England Avaition History Business BBC
1987 Soyuz TM-2 Is Launched for 174-day MIR Mission Soviet Space Program Astronautix
1989 Last Soviet Troops Withdraw from Kabul, Afghanistan Afghanistan Soviet Cold War History Channel
1993 President Clinton Signs Family and Medical Leave Act into Legislation Congress Bill Clinton Law Labor U.S. Department of Labor
1994 Mortar Explodes in Sarajevo's Main Market Killing 68, Wounding 200 Sarajevo Yugoslavia Terrorism Death BBC
1997 Three Major Swiss Banks Establish Humanitarian Fund of 100M Swiss Francs to Benefit Holocaust Victims Switzerland Economics The Holocaust PBS
2011 U.S. and Russia Sign a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty Russia U.S. Government Arms Control NPR

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