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Today in History | February 5th

February 5 is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
There are 329 days remaining until the end of the year.

1556: Treaty of Vaucelles is signed – Kings Henri I  Philip II sign Treaty of Vaucelles. Based on the terms of the treaty, the territory of the Franche-Comt was relinquished to Philip.

1778: Articles of Confederation is ratified – Articles of Confederation, which went on to become the first governing document of the United States, is ratified by 1st state, South Carolina.

1783: Earthquake devastates southern Italy – An estimated 7.5 to 8.0-magnitude quake strikes Calabria province in Italy, flattening over 100 villages and killing around 30,000.

1900: Hay-Pauncefote Treaty – The United States and Great Britain sign the Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, giving the United States the right to build a canal in Nicaragua but not to fortify it.

1917: Mexican constitution proclaimed – Mexican President Venustiano Carranza proclaims the modern Mexican constitution after a seven-year revolution.

1917: Immigration act passed over Wilson’s veto – Congress overrides President Woodrow Wilsons veto and passes the Immigration Act that required a literacy test for immigrants and barred Asiatic laborers, except for those from countries with special treaties or agreements with the United States, such as the Philippines.

1918: U.S. steamship Tuscania is torpedoed and sinks – The Anchor line steamship Tuscania is torpedoed and sinks off the coast of Ireland by the German submarine U-77 killing 210 on board. It was traveling as part of a British convoy and transporting over 2,000 American soldiers bound for Europe. Seen above are the survivors from the Tuscania.

1934: Hank Aaron is born – Henry Louis Aaron Jr., the baseball slugger who broke Babe Ruths legendary record of 714 homers, is born in Mobile, Alabama.

1936: 1st Charlie Chaplin talkie, “Modern Times,” is released – A comical take on the desperate employment and financial conditions during the Great Depression, written and directed by Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times, is released in theatres across US.

1937: Roosevelt announces “court-packing” plan – President Franklin Roosevelt announces a controversial plan to expand the Supreme Court to as many as 15 judges, allegedly to make it more efficient

1971: Apollo 14 astronauts walk on the moon – Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell step onto the surface of the moon in the first of two lunar excursions

1994: Beckwith convicted of killing Medgar Evers – Byron De La Beckwith is convicted in the murder of African-American civil rights leader Medgar Evers, over 30 years after the crime occurred. Evers was gunned down in the driveway of his Jackson, Mississippi, home.

From MSN News

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