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On This Day — February 5th

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February 5th is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 329 days remaining until the end of the year (330 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Saturday (56).

Historical Events:

1869 – The largest alluvial gold nugget in history, called the “Welcome Stranger”, is found in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia.

1909 – Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announces the creation of Bakelite, the world’s first synthetic plastic.

1919 – Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith launch United Artists.

1958 – A hydrogen bomb known as the Tybee Bomb is lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, never to be recovered.

1971 – Astronauts land on the moon in the Apollo 14 mission.

Celebrity Births:

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo turns 33

American Crime Story Actor Darren Criss turns 31

Singer Bobby Brown turns 49

Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh turns 56

Actor Michael Sheen turns 49

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