Today in History - February 5

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1428        Feb 5, King Alfonso V ordered Sicily's Jews to convert to Catholicism.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1495        Feb 5, The 1st Lithuanian Russian war ended with the signing of a peace treaty in Moscow.
    (LHC, 2/5/03)

1556        Feb 5, Henry II of France and Philip of Spain signed the truce of Vaucelles.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1562        Feb 5, Michael Radvila the Black accepted homage of G. Ketler, Duke of Couronia, to Sigismund August.
    (LHC, 2/5/03)

1576        Feb 5, Henry of Navarre renounced Catholicism at Tours.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1631        Feb 5, A ship from Bristol, the Lyon, arrived with provisions for the Massachusetts Bay Colony (Massachusetts Bay Company). Puritan Roger Williams, proponent of religious freedom and later founder of Rhode Island, arrived with his wife in Boston from England and joined the Separatist colony at Plymouth.
    (http://tinyurl.com/m6czns)(AP, 2/5/97)(WSJ, 6/21/05, p.D10)(AH, 4/07, p.25)

1644        Feb 5, The 1st US livestock branding law was passed by Connecticut.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1649        Feb 5, The Prince of Wales became king Charles II. Charles II (18), while living in exile at the Hague, was recently informed that his father was beheaded at Whitehall on Jan 30.
    (WSJ, 2/28/00, p.A36)(MC, 2/5/02)

1723        Feb 5, John Witherspoon, Declaration of Independence signer, was born.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1748        Feb 5, Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer, conductor, tutor of Beethoven, was born.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1762        Feb 5, Martinique, a major French base in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, surrendered to the British.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1783        Feb 5, Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
    (AP, 2/5/97)(HN, 2/5/99)

1788        Feb 5, Sir Robert Peel (d.1850), British prime minister through the early 1800s, was born. He founded the Conservative Party and the London Police Force whose officers were called "bobbies."
    (HN, 2/5/99)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.93)

1807        Feb 5, Pasquale Paoli (80), Corsican freedom fighter, died.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1811        Feb 5, George, Prince of Wales, was named the Prince Regent due to the insanity of his father, Britain's King George III. George Augustus Frederick became prince regent after his father, George III, slipped permanently into dementia. In 1999 Saul David published "The Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency."
    (WSJ, 3/26/99, p.W10)(AP, 2/5/08)

1812        Feb 5, Franz Schneider (74), composer, died.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1816        Feb 5, Gioachino Rossini's Opera "Barber of Seville" premiered in Rome.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1837        Feb 5, Dwight Lyman Moody (d.1899), evangelist, was born. He founded the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. “No man can resolve himself into Heaven."
    (AP, 7/26/00)(HN, 2/5/01)

1840        Feb 5, Hiram Stevens Maxim (d.1916), inventor of the automatic single-barrel rifle, was born in Sangerville, Maine. He invented the hair-curling iron, and patented such items as a mousetrap, a locomotive headlight, a method of manufacturing carbon filaments for lamps, and an automatic sprinkling system.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.267)(MC, 2/5/02)
1840        Feb 5, In Damascus, Syria, Father Thomas, originally from Sardinia, and the superior of a Franciscan convent at Damascus, disappeared with his servant. 13 prominent Jews were falsely accused of the ritual murder of the Franciscan monk and his servant. The “Damascus Affair" inspired international protests. In 2004 Ronald Florence authored “Blood Libel: The Damascus Affair of 1840."
    (SSFC, 6/28/09, p.A8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damascus_affair)

1846        Feb 5, The first Pacific Coast newspaper, Oregon Spectator, was published.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1848        Feb 5, Belle Starr, Western outlaw, was born.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1855        Feb 5, Viscount Palmerston (70) became Britain's prime minister and served until his death in 1865.
    (PC, 1992, p.273)

1861        Feb 5, The kinematoscope was patented by Coleman Sellers in Philadelphia.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1864        Feb 5, Federal forces occupied Jackson, Miss.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1865        Feb 5, Three-day Battle of Hatcher's Run, Va., began.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1870        Feb 5, The 1st motion picture was shown to a theater audience in Philadelphia.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1872        Feb 5, Lafayette Benedict Mendel, biochemist, was born.
    (HN, 2/5/01)

1879        Feb 5, Joseph Swan demonstrated a light bulb using carbon glow.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1881        Feb 5, Phoenix, Ariz., was incorporated.
    (AP, 2/5/97)
1881        Feb 5, Thomas Carlyle (b.1795), Scottish essayist and historian, died in London.
    (www.kirjasto.sci.fi/carlyle.htm)

1887        Feb 5, Verdi's opera "Otello" premiered at La Scala.
    (AP, 2/5/97)
1887        Feb 5, Peder Balke (b.1804), Norwegian painter, died. He was known for portraying the nature of Norway in a positive manner and influenced a dramatic and romantic view of Norwegian landscape.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peder_Balke)

1897        Feb 5, The Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a measure redefining the area of a circle and the value of pi. The bill died in the state Senate.
    (AP, 2/5/97)

1898        Feb 5, Ralph McGill, editor and publisher of the Atlanta Constitution, was born.
    (HN, 2/5/01)

1900        Feb 5, Adlai E. Stevenson II, Illinois governor and American diplomat, was born. He twice lost to Dwight Eisenhower for presidency of the United States (1952 and 1956). "All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions."
    (HN, 2/5/99)(AP, 7/4/9)
1900        Feb 5, The United States and Great Britain signed the Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, giving the United States the right to build a canal in Nicaragua but not to fortify it.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1901        Feb 5, Loop-the-loop centrifugal RR (roller coaster) was patented by Ed Prescot.
    (MC, 2/5/02)
1901        Feb 5, J. Pierpont Morgan formed US Steel Corp. [see Feb 25]
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1904        Feb 5, The American occupation of Cuba ended.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1906        Feb 5, Actor John Carradine was born in New York City.
    (AP, 2/5/06)

1909        Feb 5, Hendrik Baekeland, Belgian-born inventor, presented a paper to the NY chapter of the American Chemical Society entitled: “The Synthesis, Constitution, and Uses of Bakelite."
    (ON, 9/05, p.12)

1907        Feb 5, Norton Simon, publishing executive (Simon & Schuster), was born.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1914        Feb 5, Sir Alan Hodgin, English physiologist and biophysicist, was born.
    (HN, 2/5/01)

1915        Feb 5, Robert Hofstadter, US atomic physicist, was born.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1916        Feb 5, Enrico Caruso recorded "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Co.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1917        Feb 5, Congress nullified President Woodrow Wilson's veto of the Immigration Act, a law severely curtailing the immigration of Asians. Literacy tests were required.
    (AP, 2/5/97)(HN, 2/5/99)
1917        Feb 5, Mexico's constitution was adopted.
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 2/5/97)

1918        Feb 5, The US steamship Tuscania was torpedoed by German submarine U-77 and sank off the coast of Ireland.
    (GenIV, Winter 04/05)(www.worldwar1.com/dbc/tuscania.htm)
1918        Feb 5, The Soviets proclaimed the separation of church and state.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1921        Feb 5, John M. Pritchard, conductor, was born in London, England.
    (MC, 2/5/02)
1921        Feb 5, The New York Yankee owners released plans for a new Yankee Stadium. Huston and Ruppert had purchased a lumberyard site in the Bronx from William Waldorf Astor for $600,000.
    (http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=290522110)(http://tinyurl.com/cbg6oh)

1922        Feb 5, The Reader's Digest began publication in Pleasantville, New York. In 1939 it moved to Chappaqua, NY. In 2005 it published its 1,000th issue.
    (HN, 2/5/01)(SFC, 7/19/05, p.D6)
1922        Feb 5, William Larned's steel-framed tennis racquet got its first test.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1923        Feb 5, Stephen J. Cannell, TV producer, writer (Rockford Files), was born.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1926        Feb 5, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, longtime New York Times publisher, was born.
    (HN, 2/5/01)

1934        Feb 5, Hank Aaron, American hall of fame baseball player, homerun hitter, was born weighing 12.25 pounds. He broke Babe Ruth’s record in 1974. In 2010 Howard Bryant authored “The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron."
    (SSFC, 5/23/10, p.F6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Aaron)

1937        Feb 5, President Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices. Critics charged that he was attempting to "pack" the court.
    (AP, 2/5/97)

1938        Feb 5, John Guare, playwright, was born. His work included “The House of Blue Leaves."
    (HN, 2/5/01)

1940        Feb 5, Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded "Tuxedo Junction" for RCA Victor's "Bluebird" label.
    (AP, 2/5/99)

1941        Feb 5, The SS Politician wrecked off the coast of the Isle of Eriskay in the Hebrides. It carried some 20,000 cases of whisky, which the natives hid from customs agents. The story was told in the 1947 book “Whisky Galore" by Compton Mackenzie. The book was made into a film in 1949.
    (http://heritage.scotsman.com/timelines.cfm?cid=1&id=40422005)
1941        Feb 5, Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (b.1864), Australian poet and journalist, died. He is best known for his song “Waltzing Matilda."
    (www.whatsthenumber.com/oz/voice/writers/paterson0.htm)(NG, 8/04, p.29)

1945        Feb 5, American and French troops destroyed German forces in the Colmar Pocket in France.
    (HN, 2/5/99)
1945        Feb 5, US troops under General Douglas MacArthur entered Manila ("I have returned!").
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1947        Feb 5, The Soviet Union and Great Britain rejected terms for an American trusteeship over Japanese Pacific Isles.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1952        Feb 5, New York adopted the three-colored traffic lights.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1953        Feb 5, "Peter Pan" by Walt Disney opened at Roxy Theater, NYC. [see Feb 11]
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1957        Feb 5, Joseph Benson Hardaway (b.1895), animation director and voice actor, died. Nicknamed "Bugs," he was instrumental in naming the character "Bugs Bunny" when, while working on the film short "Hare-um, Scare-um," an animator handed him a model sheet of the rabbit character.
    (www.findagrave.com/php/famous.php?page=pr&FSctf=170)

1958        Feb 5, Gamel Abdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the first president of the new United Arab Republic. The UAR was formed by the union of Egypt and Syria. Syria withdrew in 1961. Egypt used the UAR name from 1961-1971.
    (AP, 2/5/97)(WUD, 1994, p.1555)

1961        Feb 5, The Soviets launched Sputnik V, the heaviest satellite at 7.1 tons.
    (HN, 2/5/99)
1961        Feb 5, Anthony G. de Rothschild (73), British philanthropist, died.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1962        Feb 5, French President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria's independence.
    (AP, 2/5/97)
1962        Feb 5, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn aligned within a 16 degree arc.
    (MC, 2/5/02)
1962        Feb 5, Jacques Ibert (71), French composer (Escales), died.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1967        Feb 5, “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" premiered on CBS TV.
    (AP, 2/5/07)

1968        Feb 5, US troops divided Viet Cong at Hue while the Saigon government claimed they would arm loyal citizens. The main assaults at Khe Sanh started.
    (HN, 2/5/99)(http://www.knowledgerush.com/kr/encyclopedia/Siege_of_Khe_Sanh/)

1971        Feb 5, Apollo 14 lander Antares landed on Moon. Astronauts Shepard & Mitchell walked on the moon.
    (http://www.astronautix.com/flights/apollo14.htm)(HN, 2/5/99)

1972        Feb 5, It was reported that the United States had agreed to sell 42 F-4 Phantom jets to Israel.
    (www.historynet.com/tdih0205.htm)
1972        Feb 5, Marianne Moore (b.1887), American poet, died in NYC. Her longest work was the 1923 poem "Marriage." In 1998 her the book: "The Selected letters of Marianne Moore" was edited by Bonnie Costello, Celeste Goodridge and Cristanne Miller. In 2013 Linda Leavell authored “Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore."
    (www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap7/moore.html)(WSJ, 1/8/98, p.A7)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.83)

1973        Feb 5, Juan Corona was sentenced in Fairfield, Ca., to 25 consecutive life terms for the 25 murders of migrant workers.
    (www.trivia-library.com/a/longest-prison-sentences-in-history.htm)
1973        Feb 5, Services were held at Arlington National Cemetery for Army Lt. Col. William B. Nolde, the last American soldier killed before the Vietnam cease-fire.
    (AP, 2/5/04)

1974        Feb 5, John Murtha (1932-2010), became Pennsylvania’s Democratic representative following a special House election. He became the first Vietnam veteran to serve in Congress.
    (SFC, 2/9/10, p.A6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Murtha)

1977        Feb 5, Julius Nyerere and Aboud Jumbe set up the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party following the merger of the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) and the Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP), which were the sole operating parties in mainland Tanzania and the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar respectively.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chama_Cha_Mapinduzi)(Econ, 10/24/15, p.44)
 
1981        Feb 5, A military jury in North Carolina convicted Marine Pvt. 1st Class Robert Garwood of collaborating with the enemy while a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Garwood was dishonorably discharged.
    (AP, 2/5/06)

1982        Feb 5, Laker Airways, founded in 1966 by Sir Freddie Laker, collapsed owing $351M.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laker_Airways)

1983        Feb 5, Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie (1913-1991), expelled from Bolivia, was brought to trial in Lyon, France. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 2/5/03)(www.izieu.com/new_page_7.htm)

1985        Feb 5, The US halted a loan to Chile in protest over human rights abuses.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1988        Feb 5, The Arizona House impeached Gov. Evan Mecham, setting the stage for his conviction in the state Senate.
    (AP, 2/5/97)(http://politicalgraveyard.com/special/trouble-disgrace.html)
1988        Feb 5, A pair of indictments were unsealed in Florida, accusing Panama's military leader, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, of bribery and drug trafficking.
    (AP, 2/5/97)

1989        Feb 5, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (b.1947) became the 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points.
    (www.brainyhistory.com/years/1989.html)
1989        Feb 5, The Soviet Union announced that all but a small rear-guard contingent of its troops had left Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/5/99)

1990        Feb 5, The Nepali Congress passed a resolution officially launching the "country-wide peaceful mass movement." Shortly thereafter, as many as 475 opposition party members, human rights advocates, students, lawyers and journalists were arrested. In a number of incidents, police opened fire indiscriminately into crowds of unarmed demonstrators. Estimates of the number killed range from 50 to several hundred. While the lower figure probably is more accurate, the precise figure may never be known because the police disposed of many of the bodies in secret without conducting inquests.
    (www.hrw.org/reports/1990/WR90/ASIA.BOU-07.htm)
1990        Feb 5, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev told the Communist Party it had to earn the right to rule, instead of treating it as an unchallenged right.
    (AP, 2/5/00)

1991        Feb 5, President Bush announced he was sending Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and General Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to the Gulf war zone to assess how the US-led offensive was progressing.
    (AP, 2/5/01)
1991        Feb 5, A Michigan court barred Dr. Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides.
    (http://tinyurl.com/e3ynu)
1991        Feb 5, Pedro Arrupe (83), Basque priest and head of the Jesuit order, died.
    (www.bc.edu/offices/ministry/justice/arrupe/pedro/)

1992        Feb 5, The US House of Representatives authorized an investigation into whether the 1980 Reagan-Bush campaign conspired with Iran to delay release of the American hostages. The task force investigating the "October Surprise" allegations later said it found no credible evidence of such a conspiracy.
    (AP, 2/5/02)
1992          Feb 5, In Northern Ireland Protestant guerrillas shot and killed 5 Catholic men in the Sean Graham betting shop on the Lower Ormeau Road.
    (www.nuzhound.com/articles/Irelandclick/arts2002/bookies2-1-02.htm)

1993        Feb 5, Federal judge Kimba Wood, President Clinton's expected choice for attorney general, withdrew from consideration, saying her baby sitter had been an illegal alien for seven years.
    (AP, 2/5/97)

1994        Feb 5, White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, Miss., of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963, and was immediately sentenced to life in prison. Beckwith died Jan 21, 2001 at age 80.
    (AP, 2/5/01)
1994        Feb 5, Sixty-eight people were killed when a mortar shell exploded in a marketplace in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)(AP, 2/5/99)
1994        Feb 5, Ben Enwonwu (b.1921), Nigerian artist, died.
    (Econ, 7/31/10, p.35)(http://tinyurl.com/25cc7co)

1995        Feb 5, The White House and congressional Republicans drew battle lines over President Clinton's $1.61 trillion budget, with Republicans accusing Clinton of "taking a walk" and the administration saying Clinton was cutting the deficit more than any president in history.
    (AP, 2/5/00)

1996        Feb 5, John C. Salvi the Third went on trial in Dedham, Massachusetts, in the shooting deaths of two receptionists at abortion clinics. Salvi was later convicted and sentenced to two life terms; he was found dead in his cell in November 1996, an apparent suicide.
    (AP, 2/5/01)
1996        Feb 5, Actress Elizabeth Taylor filed for divorce from Larry Fortensky, her seventh husband.
    (AP, 2/5/01)
1996        Feb 5, Gianandrea Gavazzeni (86), conductor, died.
    (http://tinyurl.com/9jr6h)

1997        Feb 5, U.S. Ambassador to France, Pamela Harriman, died in Paris at age 76.
    (SFC, 2/6/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/5/97)
1997        Feb 5, In Algeria rebels killed a family of 9 by hacking off their heads in Benchikao. The government in Algiers began banning parked cars in the city to thwart car bomb attacks.
    (SFC, 2/6/97, p.C2)
1997        Feb 5, In Ecuador hundreds of thousands began a 48-hour general strike against Pres. Abdala Bucaram to protests economic austerity, nepotism and corruption.
    (SFC, 2/6/97, p.C2)
1997        Feb 5, Three Swiss banks announced that they had put about $70-71 million into an account with the Swiss National Bank to establish a “Humanitarian Fund" for the victims of the Holocaust.
    (SFC, 2/6/97, p.C2)(AP, 2/5/97)
1997        Feb 5-1997 Feb 6, In China the Uighers rioted in the province of Xinjiang and reports of deaths varied from 4-300. The fighting was said to have begun after the public execution of 30 young Muslims. Residents said Muslims attacked and killed ethnic Chinese before police quashed the revolt. Authorities said 10 people died and 140 were injured. 12 people were later executed for the uprising.
    (USAT, 2/11/97, p.5A)(USAT, 2/12/97, p.8A) (WSJ, 2/11/97, p.A1)(SFC, 7/29/97, p.A10)

1998        Feb 5, Pres. Clinton ordered 2,000 Marines to the Persian Gulf and met with PM Tony Blair of Britain to discuss the possible use of force against Iraq.
    (SFC, 2/6/98, p.E2)
1998        Feb 5, Democratic fundraiser Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie pleaded innocent in Washington to charges he'd raised illegal donations to buy influence in high places. Trie pleaded guilty in May 1999 to a felony count and a misdemeanor and was sentenced later that year to four months' home detention and three years' probation.
    (AP, 2/5/03)
1998         Feb 5,  A federal judge in Los Angeles threw out Charles Keating's state securities fraud conviction for a second time, saying the trial judge had given jurors flawed instructions. In 1999, on the eve of the retrial of the federal case, Keating entered a plea agreement: he admitted to having committed bankruptcy fraud by extracting $1 million from American Financial Corp. while already anticipating the collapse that happened weeks later; in return, the federal prosecutors dropped all other charges against him and his son, Charles Keating III. He was sentenced to the four years he had already served.
    (AP, 2/5/99)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Keating)
1998        Feb 5, In Germany thousands protested the high unemployment rate. It had reached 12.6%, or 4.8 million people.
    (SFC, 2/6/98, p.E3)
1998        Feb 5, In India a tractor pulling a trolley full of children crashed into a truck and plunged into a river and killed at least 34 in Madhya Pradesh state.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.11)
1998        Feb 5, In the Ivory Coast Kevin Leveille (26), a Peace Corp worker from Ventura, Ca., was attacked and killed in Tanda. He had 2 months left in his assigned task of working on water and sanitation problems.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.11)
1998        Feb 5, In Kenya Pres. Moi imposed a curfew on towns in the Rift Valley where over 100 people have died in ethnic and political violence. Jomo Kenyatta Univ. in Nairobi was closed following a protest against the violence.
    (WSJ, 2/6/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 5, In Sierra Leone fighting began as Nigerian led intervention forces moved to oust the military junta.
    (SFC, 2/12/98, p.A12)(SFC, 2/13/98, p.D5)

1999        Feb 5, The Bureau of ATF planned to allow California winemakers to attach new labels promoting the health benefits of wine.
    (SFC, 2/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 5, Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was sentenced in Maryland to a year in jail for assaulting two motorists following a traffic accident. He ended up serving 3 1/2 months.
    (AP, 2/6/00)
1999        Feb 5, The Dupont Co., based in Wilmington, Del., agreed to a $90 million settlement with environmentalists to abandon plans to mine titanium along the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A9)
1999        Feb 5, It was reported that Bill and Melinda Gates (Microsoft Corp.) gave $3.3 billion to their foundations, 2.2 billion to the William H. Gates Foundation and 1.1 billion to the Gates Learning Foundation.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A2)
1999        Feb 5, In Jordan King Hussein was pronounced clinically dead but his heart continued and his family kept him on life support systems.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 5, Serbian authorities refused to grant re-entry travel documents to  Albanian guerrilla members for the peace conference in Paris. The 13 Serbian negotiators appointed by Milosevic said they would not sit down with members of the KLA.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A10)

2000        Feb 5, In Angola a military helicopter crashed and 30 people were killed at Lubango. 12 people survived and 3 Catholic nuns were among the dead.
    (SFC, 2/8/00, p.A14)
2000        Feb 5, Right-wing leader Joerg Haider told a deeply divided Austria not to worry about international sanctions, saying the new governing coalition that included his Freedom Party would soon prove its democratic credentials to the world.
    (AP, 2/5/01)
2000        Feb 5, In Chechnya the Human Rights Watch group said it had documented 22 cases in which Grozny residents were killed by Russian soldiers. Another 14 cases were under investigation. Later reports indicated 82 civilians were killed by Russian mercenaries (kontraktniki).
    (SFEC, 2/6/00, p.A25)(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A9)
2000        Feb 5, The Chinese new year 4698.
    (SFC, 1/1/00, p.A18)
2000        Feb 5, In Germany a train derailed and ploughed into a house outside of Cologne and 6 people were killed with 20 injured.
    (SFEC, 2/6/00, p.A4)
2000        Feb 5, In Iran a mortar attack struck the Golbang publishing house in Tehran near government offices. One person was killed and at least 4 injured. The attack was presumed to be the work of the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK).
    (SFEC, 2/6/00, p.A27)
2000        Feb 5, In Kosovo 41 people, including 11 French soldiers, were injured in during a 2nd day of clashes between peacekeepers and Albanians.
    (SFEC, 2/6/00, p.A26)

2001        Feb 5, Flanked by a jumbo refund-check stage prop, President George W. Bush asked Americans to get behind his proposed tax cuts.
    (AP, 2/5/02)
2001        Feb 5, Pres. Bush met with Canadian PM Jean Chretien at the White House for a get-acquainted session.
    (SFC, 2/6/01, p.A8)
2001        Feb 5, Four disciples of Osama bin Laden went on trial in New York in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. The four were convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    (AP, 2/5/02)
2001        Feb 5, California clinched deals for long term power contracts at $60-65 per megawatt hour as federal assistance ended.
    (SFC, 2/6/01, p.A1)
2001        Feb 5, Engineering students from the Univ. of British Columbia dangled the body of an old VW from a railing of the Golden Gate Bridge. It hung for 4 hours before officials cut and let it fall into the water.
    (SFC, 2/6/01, p.A1)
2001        Feb 5, In Illinois William D. Baker (66), shot and killed 4 employees at the Navistar factory in Melrose Park and then shot and killed himself. He was about to begin serving a 5-month sentence for conspiring to steal engines and parts.
    (SFC, 2/6/01, p.A3)
2001        Feb 5, In Ecuador soldiers battled Indians opposed to fuel and public transportation increases. The Red Cross said 4 Indians died.
    (WSJ, 2/6/01, p.A1)
2001        Feb 5, In Indonesia supporters of Pres. Wahid demonstrated in East Java, home of the Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization. Some 10,000 set fires to branch offices of the Golkar Party in Situbondo and another 10,000 marched in Surabaya.
    (SFC, 2/6/01, p.A9)
2001        Feb 5, It was reported that severe cold and snowstorms in Mongolia threatened to wipe out a 5th of the nation’s livestock and threatened tens of thousands of herders with starvation.
    (SFC, 2/5/01, p.A10)
2001        Feb 5, In Russia Pres. Putin dismissed Alexander Gavrin, the energy minister, and ousted Yevgeny Nazdratenko, governor of the Primorye region due to an energy crises that has left thousands without heat.
    (SFC, 2/6/01, p.A9)
2001        Feb 5, In Russia a bomb went off in a Moscow subway station and at least 9 people were injured.
    (SFC, 2/6/01, p.A10)

2002        Feb 5, Pres. Bush promoted his call for $5.9 billion to be dedicated to bioterrorism preparedness as part of a $38 billion homeland defense.
    (SFC, 2/6/02, p.A13)
2002        Feb 5, US officials announced plans to train and arm Colombian troops to protect the key Cano Limon oil pipeline.
    (SFC, 2/7/02, p.A12)
2002        Feb 5, A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., indicted John Walker Lindh on 10 charges, alleging he was trained by Osama bin Laden's network and then conspired with the Taliban to kill Americans. Lindh later pleaded guilty to lesser offenses and was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
    (SFC, 2/6/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/5/07)
2002        Feb 5, Committees in both the House and Senate decided to subpoena former Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay to appear to tell what he knew of Enron's complex financial dealings. (Lay did appear, but refused to testify, citing his Fifth Amendment rights.) At a Senate hearing, Deborah Perrotta, a laid-off Enron employee, wept as she described how her retirement savings all but disappeared when the company failed.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2002        Feb 5, In Canada a police raid on the farmstead of Robert and David Pickton in Port Coquitlan, BC, turned up evidence of 2 missing women. Since 1984 at least 50 prostitutes had vanished from the streets of Vancouver. Robert Pickton was arrested Feb 22. In 2003 the murder charges against Pickton rose to 22. Pickton’s trial began Jan 22, 2007, with prosecutors saying the he had confessed to killing 49 women.
    (SFC, 2/9/02, p.A9)(SFC, 12/16/03, p.A14)(WSJ, 1/23/06, p.A1)
2002        Feb 5, In Italy the health ministry confirmed the country’s 1st case of mad cow disease.
    (SFC, 2/6/02, p.A9)
2002        Feb 5, In Pakistan 2 men associated with the kidnapping of journalist Daniel Pearl were arrested in a Karachi suburb. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (28), Islamic militant, turned himself in to Ejah Shah, the home secretary in Punjab province.
    (SFC, 2/6/02, p.A14)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A20)
2002        Feb 5, In Jenin, 3 Palestinians members of the Kameel clan were killed by a mob after a court sentenced them to 15 year jail terms for the murder of another clan member.
    (SFC, 2/6/02, p.A9)
2002        Feb 5, In Nigeria troops cracked down on ethnic fighting in Lagos following 3 days of clashes that left over 100 dead.
    (WSJ, 2/6/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 5, In Durban, South Africa, a commuter train collided with a freight train and 18 people were killed.
    (SFC, 2/6/02, p.A9)

2003        Feb 5, Secretary of State Colin Powell, made his case that Iraq had defied all demands that it disarm, presented tape recordings, satellite photos and statements from informants that he said was "irrefutable and undeniable" evidence that Saddam Hussein is concealing weapons of mass destruction.
    (AP, 2/5/03)(SFC, 2/6/03, p.A1)
2003        Feb 5, Circuit city dismissed some 3,900 highly paid commissioned salespeople to reduce company expenses.
    (WSJ, 6/11/03, p.A1)
2003        Feb 5, It was reported that genealogical research in Utah identified a gene that causes depression.
    (WSJ, 2/5/03, p.A1)
2003        Feb 5, The World Court ruled that the United States must temporarily stay the execution of three Mexican citizens on U.S. death rows.
    (AP, 2/5/03)
2003        Feb 5, Larry LeSueur (93), longtime CBS News radio reporter died in Washington.
    (AP, 2/5/04)
2003        Feb 5, The Israeli military demolished the home of a Palestinian militant in the Gaza Strip, killing an elderly woman inside. Israeli troops killed a total of 5 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
    (AP, 2/5/03)(WSJ, 2/7/03, p.A1)
2003        Feb 5, North Korea said that it had reactivated its nuclear facilities and is going ahead with their operation "on a normal footing."
    (AP, 2/5/03)
2003        Feb 5, Heavy rains in northern Mozambique caused flooding that left about 100,000 families homeless, swept away thousands of acres of crops and severely damaged roads and bridges.
    (AP, 2/6/03)

2004        Feb 5, CIA Director George Tenet acknowledged that US spy agencies may have over-estimated Iraq's illicit weapons capabilities.
    (SFC, 2/6/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 5, A US federal judge ruled that high school football players may skip college and go straight to the pros.
    (SFC, 2/6/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 5, NASA restored communications with the Mars Spirit rover.
    (SFC, 2/7/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 5, In northeastern Afghanistan rival armed factions clashed and a state television report said 20 people were killed.
    (AP, 2/7/04)
2004        Feb 5, A lantern festival marking the end of China's Lunar New Year celebrations erupted into a stampede, killing at least 37 people and injuring 15.
    (AP, 2/5/04)
2004        Feb 5, At least 21 shellfish hunters, all apparently Chinese nationals, died when they were trapped by fast-rising tides in treacherous Morecambe Bay in northern England. In 2006 Lin Liang Ren (29) was found guilty in the deaths of the shellfish pickers at Warton Sands. Lin's girlfriend, Zhao Xiao Qing (21) and cousin Lin Mu Yong (31) were also convicted of facilitating the deaths. Liangren was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Xiaoqing was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months. Muyong was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months.
    (AP, 2/6/04)(AP, 3/24/06)(AFP, 3/28/06)
2004        Feb 5, In Haiti an armed opposition group, led by Butteur Metayer, seized control of Gonaives, Haiti's fourth-largest city, burning a police station, freeing prisoners and leaving at least four people reported dead and 20 wounded in clashes with police.
    (AP, 2/5/04)(ST, 3/2/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 5, U.S. and Iraqi forces captured more than 100 suspected guerrillas in raids across the country, arresting one of Saddam Hussein's intelligence chiefs and another Iraqi believed involved in a suicide bombing last month, a U.S.
    (AP, 2/5/04)
2004        Feb 5, Indian soldiers shot and killed 10 suspected Muslim militants in the forests of northern Kashmir.
    (AP, 2/5/04)
2004        Feb 5, Latvian Prime Minister Einars Repse announced Thursday that his 14-month-old government was stepping down, saying his Cabinet can't continue working without a majority in parliament.
    (AP, 2/5/04)
2004        Feb 5, Pakistan's Pres. Musharraf pardoned Abdul Qadeer Khan after Kahn absolved Islamabad of selling nuclear secrets to Iran.
    (WSJ, 2/6/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 5, Seven Russian servicemen were killed and at least 11 wounded over the last 24 hours in the latest rebel attacks in the breakaway region of Chechnya.
    (AP, 2/5/04)
2004        Feb 5, Ugandan rebels attacked a refugee camp in northern Uganda early, killing 54 civilians and two soldiers.
    (AP, 2/6/04)
2004        Feb 5, Journalists at Zimbabwe's only independent daily newspaper left their offices after the Supreme Court upheld that it was a crime to work without a government license.
    (AP, 2/5/04)(WSJ, 2/5/04, p.A1)

2005        Feb 5, In LA the Actors Guild awarded Jamie Foxx the best actor award for his role as Ray Charles in “Ray." Hilary Swank won the best actress award for her role as a boxer in “Million Dollar Baby." Cate Blanchett and Morgan Freeman won supporting awards.
    (SSFC, 2/6/05, p.A2)
2005        Feb 5, Steve Young and Dan Marino were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2005        Feb 5, In London Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said that finance ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations had for the first time expressed firm willingness to provide as much as 100 percent debt relief for the world's poorest countries. The Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC) is a joint initiative of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund that offers debt relief to the world's most impoverished nations which agree to undertake economic reform.
    (AP, 2/5/05)
2005        Feb 5, In the Republic of Congo leaders of seven Central African countries signed a landmark treaty to work together to help save the world's second-largest rain forest.
    (AP, 2/6/05)
2005        Feb 5, Central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said China is committed to revamping its foreign exchange regime and further relaxing its capital account controls.
    (Reuters, 2/5/05)
2005        Feb 5, Egyptian police killed two suspected militants wanted in last year's Sinai bombings following clashes in Egypt's Sinai peninsula desert.
    (AP, 2/5/05)
2005        Feb 5, Sunni rebels killed three U.S. troops and at least 33 Iraqis in a string of attacks.
    (AP, 2/5/05)
2005        Feb 5, In central Japan police found 9 bodies were found in two cars in what appeared to be the country's latest group suicides.
    (AP, 2/5/05)
2005        Feb 5, Kuwaiti police and troops in armored personnel carriers used explosives to blast their way into a concrete block home in Sulaibiyah capturing 5 suspected terrorists.
    (AP, 2/5/05)
2005        Feb 5, In Mexico assailants staged 3 nearly simultaneous guerrilla-style attacks in Acapulco, killing 3 police officers and a teenage boy a day before a tense gubernatorial election.
    (AP, 2/6/05)
2005        Feb 5, The crown prince of Saudi Arabia called for the creation of an international anti-terrorism center to trade information in an effort to prevent attacks.
    (AP, 2/5/05)
2005        Feb 5, Togo’s Pres. Gnassingbe Eyadema (69) died of a heart attack. The military quickly announced that his son would replaced him as head of state. The constitution called for the speaker of parliament to succeed the president in the event of his death.
    (SSFC, 2/6/05, p.A16)
2005        Feb 5, A Yemeni court overruled earlier rulings and imposed harsher sentences, including a death sentence, on three militants convicted of attacking a French oil tanker and a helicopter carrying U.S. employees of an oil company.
    (AP, 2/5/05)

2006        Feb 5, In Detroit, Mich., the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl over the Seattle Seahawks 21-10.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
2006         Feb 5, Alan Shalleck, writer and director, was beaten and stabbed to death at his Boynton Beach home in West Palm Beach, Fla. He had collaborated with the co-creator of "Curious George" to bring the mischievous monkey to TV and a series of book sequels. In 2007 Rex Ditto (31) pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for killing. His co-defendant and former lover, Vincent Puglisi (56) was scheduled for trial in early 2008.
    (AP, 10/19/07)
2006        Feb 5, Jacob Robida, suspected of an attack at a Massachusetts gay bar, the killing of an Arkansas officer and the slaying of a mother of three, was mortally wounded in a shootout with authorities.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2006        Feb 5, Actor Franklin Cover (“The Jeffersons") died in Englewood, N.J., at age 77.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2006        Feb 5, In Afghanistan 172 Taliban and other Islamist fighters surrendered as part of a government amnesty scheme, vowing to lay down arms and work to rebuild the country.
    (AFP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, In Bangladesh at least 40,000 opposition supporters converged on Dhaka to demand the ouster of the government after a three-day protest march marked by heavy security and the arrest of key activists.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, Cambodia's king pardoned exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy who was sentenced to jail for defamation, in a move officials said was at the request of PM Hun Sen.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, Costa Rica held elections and former pres. Oscar Arias was expected to win.
    (SSFC, 2/5/06, p.A19)
2006        Feb 5, Iran ended all voluntary cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog but said it was open to a proposal to enrich Iranian uranium in Russia, softening its earlier response to being reported to the Security Council over fears it wants to produce nuclear arms.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, The head of a government watchdog agency said Iraqi authorities issued arrest warrants for Meshaan al-Jiburi, a Sunni Arab member of parliament and his son, Yazin, accusing them of embezzling millions of dollars meant to protect vulnerable oil pipelines.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, In Iraq the bullet-riddled bodies of two Shiites were found in the latest round of killings between rival Sunni and Shiite groups.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, Israeli aircraft fired three missiles at a building used by militants in Gaza City, killing three people and wounding five.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, Israel agreed to make a crucial payment of $54 million in tax and customs revenues to the Palestinians, but officials said future transfers will be halted once Hamas militants form the next Palestinian government.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, Thousands of Muslims rampaged in Beirut, setting fire to the Danish Embassy, burning Danish flags and lobbing stones at a Maronite Catholic church as violent protests spread over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, A general strike called by communist rebels to disrupt elections in Nepal forced schools and markets to close, and highways and city streets remained deserted in much of this Himalayan nation.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, In southwestern Pakistan a bomb ripped through a passenger bus, killing at least 13 people and wounding 20 others.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, Andrea Santoro (60), an Italian Roman Catholic priest, was shot dead in his Santa Maria church by a 16-year-old boy in the Turkish Black Sea city of Trabzon. In 2007 the teen was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison, but was expected to serve only 10.
    (AP, 2/5/06)(AP, 10/4/07)

2007        Feb 5, President Bush sent a $2.9 trillion spending plan to a Democratic-controlled Congress, proposing to spend billions more to fight the war in Iraq while squeezing the rest of government to meet his goal of eliminating the deficit in five years.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, The US insisted that Nicaragua destroy hundreds of Soviet-made surface-to-air missiles after President Daniel Ortega said the weapons were needed for the country's defense.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak was arrested in Orlando, Fla., accused of trying to kidnap a perceived rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot.
    (AP, 2/5/08)
2007        Feb 5, Britain pressed ahead with a cull of 160,000 turkeys after the nation's first outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu in farmed poultry as Russia and Japan banned British poultry imports.
    (Reuters, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, A Cold War-era Soviet submarine that was being towed to Thailand sank off northwestern Denmark. The Soviet Union built more than 200 Whiskey-class submarines during the Cold War, many of which are now being offered for sale by private companies.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2007        Feb 5, In northern Germany 3 men and 3 women were found shot dead in a Chinese restaurant in the early hours in Sittensen. A 7th person died a day later. German police soon arrested two Vietnamese men in connection with the killings.
    (AFP, 2/5/07)(AP, 2/6/07)(AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 5, In India a fire gutted a garment factory in eastern India, killing seven workers in Howrah, a suburb of Calcutta.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, Violence raked Baghdad as an Iraqi general took charge of the security operation in the capital and Iraqi police and soldiers manned new roadblocks, initial steps indicating the start of the long-anticipated joint operation with American forces to curb sectarian bloodshed. At least 29 people died in bomb and mortar attacks across the city, 15 of them as they waited to refill propane cooking tanks when two car bombs blew up in quick succession in south Baghdad. A soldier killed in a roadside bombing in Basra was the 100th British death attributed to hostile action since the US-led invasion in 2003. A US Marine was killed in fighting in the volatile Anbar province. US forces shot and killed Donald Tolfree of Owosso, Mich., a civilian contract truck driver at Camp Anaconda, the huge air base north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/5/07)(AP, 2/6/07)(AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 5, China’s president Hu Jintao brought his eight-nation African tour to Namibia, a sparsely populated, mineral-rich desert country that hopes to benefit from an influx of Chinese investment and tourists.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, A home-made bomb ripped through a train station in Spain's Basque region. Police said it appeared to have been the work of Basque independence street gangs, rather than armed separatists ETA.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, Syria’s President Bashar Assad said cooperation, and negotiations, between Syria and the US could be the "last chance" to avoid full-scale civil war in Iraq.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, In Hanoi, Vietnam, international aid experts from the World Bank, UN and other development agencies and 40 nations met for the Third International Roundtable on Managing For Development Results, a four-day conference aimed at making global development efforts more effective.
    (AFP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, Teachers across Zimbabwe began an indefinite industrial action to press for better salaries and better working conditions.
    (AFP, 2/5/07)

2008        Feb 5, The US Treasury Dept. said it is imposing financial sanctions against family members of the military-run government of Myanmar and individuals it identified as key members of the financial empire of Tay Za.
    (SFC, 2/6/08, p.A7)
2008        Feb 5, Obama won 13 Super Tuesday states; Clinton, eight plus American Samoa. Clinton won California and scored the advantage in delegates, bring her total to 845 to Obama's 765, by the latest accounting. McCain won 9 states. Romney won 7 states. Huckabee said he would press on with his White House candidacy, emboldened by 5 wins in the South.
    (AP, 2/6/08)
2008        Feb 5, A US Court of Appeals rejected a decision giving Georgia a quarter of Lake Lanier’s capacity over the coming decades. It said such changes require congressional approval. Alabama and Florida had challenged the initial 2003 agreement.
    (WSJ, 2/6/08, p.A10)
2008        Feb 5, Storms swept across southeast US as Super Tuesday primaries were ending. At least 31 people were killed in Tennessee, 13 in Arkansas, 7 in Kentucky and four in Alabama. It was one of the 15 worst tornado death tolls since 1950, and the nation's deadliest barrage of tornadoes since 76 people were killed in Pennsylvania and Ohio on May 31, 1985. The death toll rose to 59.
    (AP, 2/6/08)(AP, 2/7/08)(WSJ, 2/8/08, p.A1)
2008        Feb 5, Renewed recession fears followed the release of US service sector data from the Institute of Supply Management. It showed activity moved rapidly into contraction in January.
    (FT, 2/5/08)
2008        Feb 5, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a US-led coalition vehicle in Helmand province, killing one soldier and wounding two others.
    (AP, 2/6/08)
2008        Feb 5, A Bangladesh official said Abdul Kader Mollah, an employee of Titas Gas Distribution Company, the country’s biggest state-owned gas company, allegedly used his position to pocket a colossal 145 million dollars in bribes over 12 years. Mollah at the time earned a mere 100 dollars a month.
    (AFP, 2/5/08)
2008        Feb 5, Senior researchers at Britain's International Institute for Strategic Studies warned that "neo-Taliban" groups operating in Pakistan's tribal areas may soon become a global menace.
    (AP, 2/5/08)
2008        Feb 5, British scientists said they have created human embryos containing DNA from two women and a man in a procedure that researchers hope might be used one day to produce embryos free of inherited diseases.
    (AP, 2/5/08)
2008        Feb 5, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said "final victory" was in sight with transportation returning to normal after the worst winter in decades, but power outages remained a problem for millions. the former communist party boss of Olympic host city Qingdao was sentenced to life in prison for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. Du Shicheng was found guilty of taking $870,000 worth of bribes from 2000 to January 2006 while serving as the port city's most powerful official.
    (AP, 2/5/08)(AP, 2/6/08)
2008        Feb 5, In Guatemala 5 bus drivers were shot dead, each while driving passengers on different main roads into Guatemala City. 7 more were killed the following day, prompting their colleagues to go on strike for several days.
    (Econ, 3/22/08, p.40)
2008        Feb 5, Ching Cheong (58), a Hong Kong journalist charged with spying for Taiwan, was released from prison in mainland China after being detained for nearly three years.
    (AP, 2/5/08)
2008        Feb 5, A new Iraqi flag, stripped of the three green stars of Saddam Hussein's toppled Baath party, was hoisted over the Iraqi Cabinet building in a symbolic break with the past nearly five years after the US-led invasion. In Taji, north of Baghdad, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the convoy of a sheik working with US forces, killing two of his followers. Those killed were members of the Taji Awakening Council.
    (AP, 2/5/08)
2008        Feb 5, An Israeli airstrike in response to Qassam rockets killed 7 Hamas police officers near Khan Yunis. A barrage of rockets followed and battered Sderot less than a half mile from the Gaza fence, seriously wounding a woman just before the arrival of President Shimon Peres.
    (AP, 2/5/08)(SFC, 2/6/08, p.A7)(SFC, 2/7/08, p.A4)
2008        Feb 5, In Mozambique one person was killed and 63 were wounded in Maputo when police opened fire in a bid to break up violent protests against increases in bus fares. The local council of Tete said an outbreak of diarrhea in the flood-hit city has claimed the lives of 64 people since early January.
    (AP, 2/5/08)(AFP, 2/5/08)
2008        Feb 5, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to transcendental meditation, died at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop.
    (AP, 2/6/08)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.95)
2008        Feb 5, In Rwanda Theoneste Niyitegeka, a doctor and one-time possible presidential candidate, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for his role in the country's 1994 genocide.
    (AFP, 2/6/08)
2008        Feb 5, Serbia's coalition government was on the verge of collapse over the European Union's plans to send a mission to Kosovo province.
    (AP, 2/5/08)
2008        Feb 5, In northeastern Somalia grenade attack killed 21 people and wounded 100 in Bossaso, Puntland.
    (AP, 2/6/08)
2008        Feb 5, A South African court sentenced Daniel Geiges (69), a Swiss engineer, for his part in an international nuclear smuggling ring. Geiges was given a 13-year suspended sentence on charges relating to a network run by disgraced Pakistan nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan. Geiges' former boss and co-accused, German engineer Gerhard Wisser was given an 18-year suspended sentenced last year in a plea agreement for his role in the network.
    (AP, 2/5/08)
2008        Feb 5, In South Africa 12 patients, including two children, were killed when their minibus overturned en route to a hospital in South Africa's Northern Cape province.
    (AP, 2/5/08)
2008        Feb 5, Simba Makoni, a senior member of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party, said he would run for president at the March 29 election in the first major internal challenge to Robert Mugabe in 20 years.
    (Reuters, 2/5/08)
2008        Feb 5, UN officials said Ethiopia and Bangladesh have offered to jump-start the UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur by loaning it helicopters to fly troops and supplies around the vast region in western Sudan.
    (AP, 2/5/08)

2009        Feb 5, New US government data said the number of US workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits jumped to a 26-year high last week pointing to a rapid deterioration in the economy.
    (AP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide car bomb struck a convoy of foreign troops.
    (AP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, The Bank of England cut interest rates by a half-point to a record low 1 percent as it fought a deepening recession brought on by the world financial crisis.
    (AP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, British workers voted to end a week-long unofficial strike over the use of foreign labor at a French-owned oil refinery that sparked sympathy protests across Britain.
    (AP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, The British Council said that it has suspended work in Iran because of what it calls intimidation by the authorities there. The British Council reopened its Tehran office in 2001 after a 22-year break following the 1979 Islamic revolution. It said 13,000 Iranians took part in English lessons and other programs it ran in Tehran last year.
    (AP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, A nongovernment organization said the corrupt elite of Cambodia, one of the world's most impoverished nations, has laid the groundwork for siphoning off vast profits from a coming boom in mining and oil exploitation.
    (AP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, China declared an emergency in eight provinces suffering a serious drought that has left nearly 4 million people without proper drinking water and is threatening millions of acres of crops. The government published a plan for the relocation and urbanization of farmers living near the Three Gorges Reservoir. Some 1.4 million farmers would have to move again.
    (AP, 2/5/09)(WSJ, 2/7/09, p.A6)
2009        Feb 5, Germany's biggest lender, Deutsche Bank, posted its first annual loss since World War II after a terrible fourth quarter but said it would survive the global meltdown without state aid. Deutsche Bank reported a 2008 loss of $5 billion, including $1.8 billion attributed a group run by Wall Street trader Boaz Weinstein.
    (AP, 2/5/09)(WSJ, 2/6/09, p.A1)
2009        Feb 5, The Iraqi election commission said that PM Nouri al-Maliki's party won 38 percent of the votes in Baghdad in the Jan 31 election, followed by allies of anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and a Sunni party with nine percent each. A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a crowded restaurant in a Kurdish city near the Iranian border, killing at least 12 people.
    (AP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, The Israeli navy intercepted a ship delivering 60 tons of supplies to the Gaza Strip from Lebanon in the latest bid to defy Israel's blockade of the militant-held territory.
    (AP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, In Nigeria a private security official said unidentified gunmen have attacked an oil-industry vessel off the coast of Nigeria and killed its captain.
    (AP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, In central Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up near a Shiite mosque in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan, killing 24 people.
    (AFP, 2/5/09)(SFC, 2/6/09, p.A3)
2009        Feb 5, Somali pirates said that they were freeing, a Ukrainian ship carrying tanks and other heavy weapons after receiving a $3.2 million ransom. The MV Faina was seized last September 25. The Kenyan government claimed to the cargo, which included 33 Soviet-designed battle tanks.
    (AP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, The South Africa Reserve Bank slashed its benchmark interest rate by a full point to 10.5 percent, following a half-point cut in December, saying inflation is headed downward.
    (AFP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, Sri Lanka's prime minister rejected calls for a cease-fire from donor countries concerned by reports of growing civilian casualties in the South Asian nation's civil war and instead demanded the Tamil Tiger rebels' unconditional surrender.
    (AP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, The Swedish government agreed to scrap a three-decade ban on building new nuclear reactors, saying it needs to avoid producing more greenhouse gases.
    (AP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, Jennifer Figge (56) arrived in Trinidad, exhilarated and exhausted as she touched land this week for the first time in almost a month, becoming the first woman on record to allegedly swim across the Atlantic Ocean. Figge actually swam only a fraction of the 2,100-mile journey. The rest of the time, she rested on her crew's westward-sailing catamaran.
    (AP, 2/8/09)(AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 5, Turkey's parliament approved the Kyoto Protocol on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The parliament voted 243-3 after the Cabinet signed the protocol.
    (AP, 2/5/09)
2009        Feb 5, Zimbabwe's parliament passed a constitutional bill to allow a coalition government of President Robert Mugabe and opposition rivals, being set up under a deal to end political and economic crisis.
    (Reuters, 2/5/09)

2010        Feb 5, The US White House increased its criticism of Republican Senators following reports that Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama had placed a blanket hold on more than 70 administration nominees in order to secure funding for home-state projects. On Feb 9 Shelby’s office said he will stop blocking Senate confirmation of some 70 nominees.
    (SFC, 2/6/10, p.A6)(AP, 2/9/10)
2010        Feb 5, In Alabama a boy (14) was shot by another student inside a middle school in Madison. The victim died at a hospital.
    (SFC, 2/6/10, p.A6)
2010        Feb 5, In Pennsylvania about 18,000 people turned out before dawn for the 18th Wing Bowl, an eating competition dubbed the world's biggest, and an annual celebration of Philadelphia's raucous sports-crazed culture.
    (Reuters, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, In Afghanistan a bomb planted on a motorcycle ripped through a crowd gathered to watch a dog fight in southern Helmand province, killing three people and wounding more than 30. Afghan border police mistook a group of villagers gathering wood near the Pakistan border as insurgents and opened fire, killing seven civilians. US forces detained Atahullah Wahaab, deputy police chief in Kapisa province, for alleged corruption and links to insurgents.
    (AFP, 2/5/10)(AP, 2/6/10)(AFP, 2/7/10)
2010        Feb 5, New Zealand explorers said 5 crates of whisky and brandy belonging to polar explorer Ernest Shackleton have been recovered after being buried for more than 100 years under the Antarctic ice. The excavation of the whisky followed the discovery last month of two blocks of butter in an Antarctic hut used by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott on his doomed 1910-12 expedition.
    (AP, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, Defense giant BAE Systems said it had agreed to pay fines of nearly 288 million pounds settle charges brought by Britain's Serious Fraud Office and the US Department of Justice. The fines, 258 million pounds to the DoJ and 30 million pounds to the SFO, related to investigations into BAE deals with countries including Tanzania, the Czech Republic, Romania and South Africa.
    (AFP, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, Britain’s chief prosecutor said 4 British lawmakers will face criminal charges and the prospect of jail for alleged shady accounting practices during Britain's 2009 expense claims scandal. A report issued a day earlier into the expense scandal ordered 392 current and former British legislators to repay a total of 1.12 million pounds ($1.7 million).
    (AP, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, British actor Ian Carmichael (89) died at his home in northern England. He appeared in a series of comedies for the Boulting Brothers including "Private's Progress," "Brothers in Law," "Lucky Jim" and "I'm All Right Jack." Later in his career he played the upper-class twit Bertie Wooster, and Dorothy L. Sayers suave detective Lord Peter Wimsey, in television series.
    (AP, 2/8/10)
2010        Feb 5, Canada and the US said they have reached a tentative deal with to end a dispute over "Buy American" provisions in US legislation that had strained bilateral ties.
    (AP, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, China said it will slap heavy anti-dumping duties on US chicken parts, a move likely to aggravate trade ties between two of the world's most important economies at a time of strained political relations.
    (Reuters, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, Danish special forces disrupted the takeover by Somali pirates of the cargo ship Ariella in the Gulf of Aden. A frogmen unit scaled the sides of the ship using grappling hooks, secured the bridge, released the crew and then launched an hours-long search for a pirate the crew had seen.
    (AP, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, In East Timor 20 members of dissident political group CPD-RDTL and underground political organization Bua-Malus were arrested on suspicion of involvement in "ninja" activities.
    (AFP, 4/6/10)
2010        Feb 5, Guatemalan police say they have destroyed about 1,200 acres (500 hectares) of opium poppies along the border with Mexico. The plants were valued at $950 million.
    (AP, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, In Iraq twin car bombs tore through a crowd of Shiite pilgrims packing a highway as they walked to Karbala south of Baghdad for a major religious observance, killing at least 40 people and wounding 154 others. A roadside bomb struck a bus carrying pilgrims through Baghdad, killing one and wounding 13.
    (AP, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, In Indian Kashmir paramilitary soldiers charged at a group gathered in a playground in Srinagar, and began firing as they fled, killing Zahid Farooq Shah (17). The incident threatened to enflame protests that have rocked the city following the death of another boy on Jan 31.
    (AP, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, Latvia sold a deserted town built around a Soviet-era radar station to a Russian investor who bid $3.1 million at an unusual auction. The town, formerly known as Skrunda-1, housed about 5,000 people during the Cold War but was abandoned over a decade ago.
    (AP, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, Mexican authorities said they have found the decapitated bodies of six men in the western state of Michoacan. In central Mexico a landslide killed at least 11 people, adding to 18 deaths this week from severe and unseasonable winter storms that closed schools and freeways and flooded thousands of homes.
    (AP, 2/5/10)(AP, 2/6/10)
2010        Feb 5, A breakthrough deal to save Northern Ireland's Catholic-Protestant government gave a new lease of life to an awkward partnership of former foes that still must overcome many obstacles to survive. The deal commits the Northern Ireland Assembly to elect a justice minister March 9 and Britain to transfer control of more than 20 criminal justice and law-enforcement agencies to Belfast on April 12.
    (AP, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, In Pakistan women and children were among the 12 people killed when a suicide attacker rammed a motorbike bomb into a bus carrying Shiites on one of Karachi's busiest roads. A 2nd bomber then killed 13 people, damaging ambulances and the entrance to the casualty department at Jinnah Hospital, where the victims of the first attack were being treated. Police defused a third bomb rigged inside a television and left in the hospital car park. By the next day 8 more people had died bringing the total death toll to 33.
    (AFP, 2/5/10)(AP, 2/6/10)
2010        Feb 5, Portuguese police seized a large amount of explosives at a home being used by Basque separatist group ETA as a base to prepare attacks in neighboring Spain.
    (AP, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, Russian PM Vladimir Putin criticized his party following an unusually large opposition protest, saying it has fed the country with empty promises.
    (AP, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, A Vietnamese court convicted Tran Khai Thanh Thuy (49), a journalist and democracy activist, of assault and sentenced her to three-and-a-half years in prison in a one-day trial that rights groups said was meant to silence government critics.
    (AP, 2/5/10)
2010        Feb 5, Zimbabwe's civil servants launched an open-ended strike, demanding that their wages be increased to at least 630 US dollars, from 150 dollars a month, piling pressure on the strained unity government struggling to fix the economy. Most of Zimbabwe's 230,000 civil servants appeared to have heeded the strike call.
    (AFP, 2/5/10)(AFP, 2/9/10)

2011        Feb 5, The United States and Russia formally inaugurated their new START nuclear arms treaty, capping two years of work to "reset" the sometimes strained ties between the former Cold War enemies.
    (Reuters, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Kentucky police found the body of a girl (9) near Trenton, several hours after she was reported missing.
    (SSFC, 2/6/11, p.A8)
2011        Feb 5, J. Paul Getty III (b.1956), grandson of oil magnate J. Paul Getty, died in England following a long illness. He had lost an ear to kidnappers in Rome in 1973 and suffered a devastating stroke in his twenties that left him severely impaired and in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
    (SFC, 2/9/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 5, In southern Afghanistan two NATO service members were killed in separate bomb attacks. NATO troops captured 48 Iranian-made warheads, 49 fuses, and 49 rocket mortars. They were being transported in a three-truck convoy, in southern Nimruz, near the Iranian and Pakistani borders.
    (AP, 2/5/11)(AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Australia torrential rains and flash floods trapped scores of people in homes and cars following a massive cyclone, piling on more misery after weeks of record inundations.
    (AFP, 2/5/11) 
2011        Feb 5, British PM David Cameron, in a speech to the Munich Security Conference, condemned Britain's long-standing policy of multiculturalism as a failure, calling for better integration of young Muslims to combat home-grown extremism. He also said Europe must stamp out intolerance of Western values within its own Muslim communities and far-right groups if it is to defeat the roots of terrorism.
    (AFP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, Renewed fighting between Cambodian and Thai troops along the countries' disputed border killed a Thai soldier and sent thousands of people fleeing before military commanders agreed on the second cease-fire in two days.
    (AP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, Rudolf Slavik (34) was found shot to death in a tram in Prague. In November Gilbert Ferguson McCrae (53), a US and British citizen, was found guilty for killing Slavik by shooting him in the head with a handgun. The prosecution said McCrae shot Slavik after Czech had insulted him in a bar. The conviction was upheld in 2012 and McCrae was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
    (AP, 2/8/12)(http://tinyurl.com/6oeph7f)
2011        Feb 5, Leaders of Egypt's unprecedented wave of anti-government protests held talks with the prime minister over ways to ease President Mubarak out of office, but the government appeared to be digging in its heels. The top executive committee of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), which includes Mubarak's son Gamal, resigned en masse. Secretary-general of the ruling party, Safwat el-Sharif, resigned in a gesture to protesters carrying out a 12-day-old wave of anti-government demonstrations. It was decided to name Hossam Badrawi secretary general of the party.
    (AP, 2/5/11)(AFP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, Unknown saboteurs attacked an Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to Jordan, forcing authorities to switch off gas supply from a twin pipeline to Israel. Egypt supplies about 40 percent of Israel's natural gas. The attack came after Israel expressed concern that its natural gas supplies from Egypt could be threatened if a new regime takes power in Cairo.
    (AFP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In India doctors in Gujarat reported two more cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, a tick-borne virus endemic to parts of Africa. 4 people in Gujarat had already died of the disease this year.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.68)
2011        Feb 5, In Iran A state-owned news website said Iran's broadcasting authority has banned Iranian TV channels from showing cooking programs that present recipes for foreign cuisine. The deputy head of Iran's state broadcasting company, Ali Darabi, announced the ban during a visit to one of the country's 30 state-run TV channels.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 5, Israeli police arrested four men in the theft of religious items valued at more than $1 million from a synagogue in Italy. The 4 suspects, Israelis in their 20s, were accused of stealing the items from Milan's central synagogue last week and smuggling them to Israel.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Italy thousands of people attended a rally to demand Premier Silvio Berlusconi's resignation following allegations he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl and used his office to cover it up.
    (AP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Mexico gunmen opened fire and killed 3 teenage boys at a used car dealership in Ciudad Juarez. Two of the boys were US citizens. A teenager, a woman and a 40-year-old man died in a second attack by unidentified gunmen elsewhere in Juarez. Another three people were killed in separate shooting incidents. Authorities recovered the dismembered body of Francisco Martinez Ramirez, the chief of guards at a Monterrey prison, who was dragged out of his house by armed men a day earlier. Federal agents arrested Adan Salazar Zamorano, an alleged lieutenant of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. He was also wanted in Texas on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 5, In northern Mexico Serengeti Zoo owner Alberto Hernandez said 14 parrots, 13 serpents, five iguanas, two crocodiles and a capuchin monkey died after power failures cut off electrical heating at the zoo in the town of Aldama, Chihuahua state.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Pakistan militants killed four men accused of spying in the northwest. A car bomb exploded in a village in the Khyber tribal region. 3 people were killed and 2 pedestrians were wounded.
    (AP, 2/5/11)(AFP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In the Philippines guerrillas leaders said Ameril Umbra Kato, a rogue Muslim rebel commander, has formed a separate faction of several hundred fighters and rejected peace talks to end the decades-long secessionist rebellion.
    (AP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, The body of Monika Markiewicz (32), a Polish national and musician on the cruise ship Allure of the Sea, was recovered from the sea off Cozumel, Mexico. An autopsy determined she drowned but also had suffered a blow to the head. Nelson Perez Torres (24) later confessed to hitting Markiewicz in the head with a rock and then throwing her into the ocean in Quintana Roo state, where Cozumel is located.
    (AP, 2/9/11)(AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Qatar an anti-corruption tribunal of the International Cricket Council banned former Pakistan captain Salman Butt for ten years, Mohammad Asif for seven years and Mohammad Aamer for five years for their role in a spot-fixing betting scam.
    (AFP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Romania five miners died in an explosion at a coal mine in the Jiu Valley mining region.
    (AP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Serbia tens of thousands of nationalist supporters rallied against the pro-Western government, demanding early elections amid a deepening economic crisis.
    (AP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In South Sudan a rebellion by former pro-Khartoum militiamen against giving up their heavy weapons sparked clashes in oil-producing Upper Nile state. Fighting in Malakal close to the border with the north, has killed 20 people and wounded at least 24. Soldiers in north Sudan's army fought each other, killing at least 30 in a dispute over who gets to keep the artillery they are holding in Southern Sudan. The fighting took place in two towns in Upper Nile state. 11 soldiers were killed in Paloich and 19 in Melut.
    (AP, 2/5/11)(AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Spain several hundred Basque separatists held small street rallies, hung posters and painted political graffiti on walls throughout the troubled northern region to support a new political party to be launched next week.
    (AP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, Zimbabwe's main rival political parties condemned a spate of violent clashes among their supporters. PM Morgan Tsvangirai blamed Pres. Mugabe's youth brigades.
    (Reuters, 2/5/11)

2012        Feb 5, Josh Powell, under investigation for the 2009 disappearance in Utah of his wife, Susan Powell, was killed with his two sons, Charles (7) and Braden (5), in a fire at his home in Graham, Washington. Police said he set the fire intentionally just after receiving his sons for what was to be a supervised visit.
    (SFC, 2/6/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 5, In Afghanistan 9 people, including 7 policemen, were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on police headquarters in Kandahar, a bastion of Taliban militancy.
    (AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Bosnia used helicopters to evacuate people and deliver food to those stranded by heavy snowfall. The cold snap across Eastern Europe has left at least 280 people dead including 131 in Ukraine.
    (SFC, 2/6/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 5, Brazilian media report 78 people have been murdered in and around the northeastern city of Salvador since the start of a state police strike there five days ago.
    (AP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Britain’s Heathrow Airport cut around half of the 1,300 flights scheduled for today after snow and freezing temperatures hit much of England a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC, said Iranian authorities are increasingly arresting and threatening the families of BBC journalists to force them to quit its Persian news service.
    (Reuters, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Egyptian investigating judges referred 44 NGO workers, including 19 Americans, to trial before a criminal court for allegedly being involved in banned activities and illegally receiving foreign funds. The decision also slapped a travel ban on all those referred to trial. The military rulers faced mounting pressure on two fronts, with a fourth day of violent street protests spearheading calls to speed up the transfer of power to a civilian administration and the US threatening to cut more than a billion dollars in badly needed aid. Since Feb 2 twelve people have been killed in Cairo and Suez.
    (AP, 2/5/12)(AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Finland voters chose a leader in a runoff between a veteran conservative and the first openly gay candidate from the small Greens party. Former Finance Minister Sauli Niinisto (63) won the runoff election with 63 percent of the votes against Greens candidate Pekka Haavisto (53) with 37 percent. This restored the National Coalition Party to the presidency after 56 years and giving it the nation's two top posts for the first time.
    (AP, 2/5/12)(AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 5, The Iranian navy rushed to a site in the Gulf of Aden after it received a distress signal from an oil tanker, which was under attack from some 35 pirate boats. The navy opened fire on the pirates to foil an attack on an Iranian oil tanker.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 5, In Iraq gunmen killed an Interior Ministry official in a drive-by shooting in central Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Kuwait News said the Gulf nation's emir accepted the resignation of Sheik Jaber Al Hamad Al Sabah, a former defense chief who was appointed caretaker prime minister in November amid intense political turmoil that forced elections.
    (AP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Libya put 41 loyalists of dead dictator Moamer Kadhafi on trial, in the first legal proceedings launched against members of the former regime. The trial was later adjourned to February 15, with the military prosecutor saying the accused will have fair trials.
    (AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Aid officials in Mali said more than 15,000 people including military personnel have fled into neighboring countries since members of the nomadic Tuareg ethnic group launched a new rebellion against the Malian government last month. The ICRC said 10,000 people have crossed into Niger and 5,000 into Mauritania.
    (AP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, In Mexico Josefina Vazquez Mota (51) easily won the National Action Party's primary. She  vowed to unite the party and help it defeat the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico for 71 years before being ousted by National Action in 2000.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 5, Nepal officials said health workers are to cull some 4,000 chickens following the discovery of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in the southeastern part of the Himalayan country.
    (AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, In Nigeria gunmen reportedly shot dead a secret police officer in front of his house in the northeastern city of Damaturu. Soldiers guarding Jos, at the heart of ethnic and religious clashes, detained and later threw out journalists working for a French television station trying to cover the ongoing unrest there.
    (AFP, 2/5/12)(AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 5, Panama police fired tear gas to clear blockades of the Pan-American highway by indigenous groups protesting changes to the mining law. One person was killed and 39 injured in the resulting clashes.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 5, Syria's opposition appealed for international backing, a day after Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution aimed at pressuring President Bashar Assad to end his bloody crackdown. The Observatory also said that one person was shot dead by a sniper in the central city of Homs. Another activist group, the Local Coordination Committees said nine people were killed in different parts of the country.
    (AP, 2/5/12)

2013        Feb 5, Dell and Menlo Park’s Silver Lake Management, the nation’s largest technology-focused private-equity firm, announced that they had agreed to pay $13.65 a share to take Dell private.
    (SFC, 2/6/13, p.D1)
2013        Feb 5, California charged Standard & Poor’s with fraudulent practices that resulted in close to $1 billion in losses state institutional investors. 15 other states and the US Justice Dept. were also suing S&P for approving mortgage backed securities that turned out to be bad risks.
    (SFC, 2/6/13, p.A1)
2013        Feb 5, In California 3 men were found dead on a wooded property in rural west Sonoma County.
    (SFC, 2/6/13, p.A6)
2013        Feb 5, A Bangladeshi tribunal prosecuting cases stemming from the 1971 independence war sentenced  Abdul Quader Mollah, a leader of an Islamic opposition party, to life in prison, sparking street clashes with police that killed two people and injured dozens more.
    (AP, 2/5/13)
2013        Feb 5, Bulgaria linked Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah to the bomb attack on a bus last July that killed five Israeli tourists. Two of the suspects linked to the bombing had entered the country with an Australian and a Canadian passport.
    (AP, 2/5/13)
2013        Feb 5, In China a court in Beijing sentenced 10 people to prison terms for running a black jail. “Custody and repatriation" centers, which held petitioners along with beggars and vagrants, were scrapped in 2003.   
    (Econ, 3/2/13, p.45)
2013        Feb 5, Chinese phone maker Huawei and Microsoft launched a new smartphone in Africa, which they say is the world's fastest growing mobile phone market. The Huawei 4Afrika phone runs Windows Phone 8 and comes pre-loaded with applications designed for the African market.
    (AP, 2/5/13)
2013        Feb 5, European Union regulators gave approval for Britain's 600 million pounds of public support for the "Green Deal" energy-efficiency scheme. Britain's Green Deal permits loans to homeowners to help them pay for efficiency measures such as loft insulation, modern boilers, draught proofing and other materials.
    (AP, 2/5/13)
2013        Feb 5, Germany's education minister Annette Schavan (57) was stripped of her doctorate after a committee of academics concluded that she plagiarized substantial parts of her 1980 thesis, which dealt with the formation of conscience. Schavan resigned on Feb 9.
    (AP, 2/5/13)(AP, 2/9/13)
2013        Feb 5, Iran’s Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began a three-day visit to Egypt, centered around an Islamic summit. He said his country is ready to provide a "big credit line" to help revive the distressed economy of Egypt.
    (AP, 2/6/13)
2013        Feb 5, Iran's official news agency reported that authorities have arrested another group of local journalists accused of links with the BBC.
    (AP, 2/5/13)
2013        Feb 5, In Iraq a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into an army checkpoint in Taji, killing at least four people — two soldiers and two civilians.
    (AP, 2/5/13)
2013        Feb 5, In Ireland an official report, that ran to almost 1,000 pages, said that more than a quarter of the women and girls subjected to harsh discipline and unpaid work at 10 laundries, run by Catholic nuns, were sent there by the Irish state.
    (AP, 2/6/13)
2013        Feb 5, Kuwait said three former opposition lawmakers have been charged with insulting the country's ruler in the latest crackdown on perceived political dissent in the Gulf nation.
    (AP, 2/5/13)
2013        Feb 5, In Mali troops from France and Chad moved into Kidal in an effort to secure the strategic northern city.
    (AP, 2/5/13)
2013        Feb 5, In Nigeria two soldiers were killed in a shootout in the oil-rich southern delta involving a vessel operated by an Indian company.
    (AP, 2/5/13)
2013        Feb 5, Serbian ultranationalists held a rally to accuse their country's president of treason for agreeing to hold talks with the president of Kosovo.
    (AP, 2/5/13)
2013        Feb 5, In Somalia a Mogadishu court handed down one-year prison sentences to a woman who said she was raped by security forces and a reporter who interviewed her. The judges decided the woman falsely claimed she was raped and had insulted the government. On March 3 an appeals court dropped charges against the woman. A journalist who interviewed the rape victim and was tried alongside her had his sentence reduced from one year to six months.
    (AP, 2/5/13)(AP, 3/3/13)
2013        Feb 5, South African police arrested 19 suspected members of a Congolese rebel group, accusing them of plotting to overthrow their nation's government after it recently came under attack by militants said to be backed by neighboring Rwanda.
    (AP, 2/5/13)
2013        Feb 5, Syrian rebels and Jordanian security officials said intense fighting has broken out near Syrian government installations and border posts near Jordan, leaving 17 civilians wounded.
    (AP, 2/5/13)

2014        Feb 5, Texas executed Suzanne Basso (59) for the 1998 slaying of Louis Musso (59), a mentally disabled man, to rob him of his cash and collect insurance.
    (SFC, 2/6/14, p.A6)
2014        Feb 5, In Argentina 9 first-responders were killed and seven others injured battling a fire of unknown origin that destroyed an archive of bank documents at the iron Mountain warehouse in Buenos Aires.
    (AP, 2/5/14)(SFC, 2/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Feb 5, Brazil police said the bodies of 3 men whose disappearance led to a clash between an Amazon tribe and settlers have been found in Amazonas state. Last week police arrested five Tenharim men on suspicion of kidnapping and killing the outsiders in December.
    (AP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, In the Central African Republic soldiers and recruits killed a suspected rebel with knives and concrete blocks just moments after the president and other VIPs left the area.
    (AP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, It was reported that a new strain of avian influenza, H10N8, has been confirmed in two people in China. Cases of H7N9 were reported to be surging with some 300 cases and more appearing every day.
    (SFC, 2/5/14, p.A2)
2014        Feb 5, In southwest England more than 8,000 homes were without power after fresh storms battered the region, sending huge waves crashing onto the coastline and damaging sea defenses.
    (AFP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, Millions of commuters in London faced delays and disruption after Tube staff went on strike over plans to close London Underground ticket offices.
    (AFP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, The European Union's antitrust watchdog accepted "far-reaching" concessions offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, bringing the three-year-old case close to an end.
    (AP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, The Luno, mostly empty Spanish cargo ship, broke in two after hitting a sea wall off the southwestern coast of France in high winds and was leaking some fuel into the water.
    (Reuters, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, A German newspaper reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) bugged the phone of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder from at least 2002, compounding the most serious row between the allies in a decade.
    (Reuters, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, Germany's government approved increasing the number of soldiers sent to Mali from 180 to 250 as part of an EU-led mission to train the national army for its fight against Islamic extremists.
    (AFP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, In Germany a fire at an asylum home in Hamburg killed a woman from Pakistan and her two children. On Feb 7 a boy (13), a member of the city's youth fire department, admitted to setting the fire.
    (AP, 2/8/14)
2014        Feb 5, In Iraq multiple bombings rocked central Baghdad, striking mainly near the heavily fortified Green Zone where key government offices are located, killed at least 34 people.
    (AFP, 2/5/14)(SFC, 2/6/14, p.A4)
2014        Feb 5, Israel's finance minister said he will stop funding for ultra-Orthodox seminaries whose students do not enlist into the military. Yair Lapid's announcement was in response to an order from the Israeli Supreme Court.
    (AP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, Israel's Jerusalem municipality approved building plans for 558 new homes in the occupied West Bank, land that the Palestinians want for a future state.
    (Reuters, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, Japanese composer Mamoru Samurogochi (50) confessed that he had employed a ghostwriter since the 1990s to compose most of his music. The ghostwriter then came forward and accused Samurogochi of faking his deafness.
    (SFC, 2/7/14, p.A7)
2014        Feb 5, Uke Rugova, a Kosovo lawmaker who is also a son of late President Ibrahim Rugova, was arrested by European Union police and justice workers for alleged involvement in organized crime and fraud.
    (AP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, In Libya a bomb rocked the playground of a primary school in Benghazi during recess, wounding 12 children, hours after gunmen had rampaged through the streets.
    (AFP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, Pakistani anti-drone activist Kareem Khan was taken from his home by around a dozen men in police uniforms who bundled him into a police vehicle in front of his wife, children and neighbors. He was tortured and interrogated before being dumped blindfolded on the outskirts of the capital early on Feb 14.
    (Reuters, 2/14/14)
2014        Feb 5, A planned extension of the Panama Canal, one of the world's most important shipping routes, was thrown into doubt after a group of companies, led by Spanish builder Sacyr, said its talks with Panama's government over how to expand the canal had fallen apart. Panama Canal Authority head Jorge Quijano said the expansion project will be completed in 2015 with or without a Spanish-led consortium.
    (Reuters, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, Puerto Rico's governor said he is renegotiating the payment of short-term debt and has ordered all government agencies to reduce their current budgets by 2 percent after the island's credit rating was downgraded to junk status.
    (AP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, A Romanian court charged and arrested Rudel Obreja, a former chairman of Romania's Boxing Federation (2004-2012), with influence peddling for allegedly offering to try to influence a sentencing hearing in return for money.
    (AP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, Russian security forces surrounded a group of militants who had holed up in the Dagestani town of Izberbash. Dzhamaldin Mirzayev (30), who was suspected of having been involved in training the bombers and sending them to Volgograd, was killed in an exchange of gunfire.
    (AP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, In South Africa demonstrators set several buildings, including a clinic, on fire in the Bronkhorstspruit district, east of Pretoria, to protest what they say are high utility bills.
    (AP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, In South Sudan government forces and allied militia attacked rebel defensive positions in the northern part of Jonglei state, close to the border with Upper Nile. Government soldiers mutinied in Lakes state while they were being sent to fight the rebels in Panyijar county in neighboring Unity state.
    (AFP, 2/6/14)
2014        Feb 5, Syria missed a deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the world's chemical weapons watchdog, putting the program several weeks behind schedule and jeopardizing a final June 30 deadline.
    (Reuters, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, Turkey's parliament approved internet controls enabling web pages to be blocked within hours in what the opposition decried as part of a government bid to stifle a corruption scandal.
    (Reuters, 2/6/14)
2014        Feb 5, A UN human rights committee urged the Holy See to open its files on pedophiles and bishops who concealed their crimes saying the Vatican "systematically" adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades.
    (AP, 2/5/14)

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