Events on Feb 5

  • 0816Frankish Emperor Louis grants Archbishop Salzburg immunity
  • 1488Roman Catholic German Emperor Maximilian I caught in Belgium
  • 1512French troops under Gaston de Foix rescues Bologna
  • 1556Kings Henri I and Philip II sign Treaty of Vaucelles
  • 1572Beggars assault Oisterwijk Neth, drive nuns out
  • 1576Henry of Navarre abjures Catholicism at Tours
  • 1631Rhode Island, founder, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England
  • 16441st US livestock branding law passed, by Connecticut
  • 1649Prince of Wales becomes King Charles II
  • 1663Earthquake in Canada
  • 1679German Emperor Leopold I signs peace with France
  • 1736Methodists John and Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1777Georgia becomes 1st US state to abolish both entail and primogeniture
  • 1778Articles of Confederation ratified by 1st state, South Carolina
  • 1782Spanish take Minorca (western Mediterranean) from English
  • 1783Earthquakes ravage Calabria, killing 30,000
  • 1783Sweden recognizes US independence
  • 1795Zealand Neth surrenders to French general Michaud
  • 18171st US gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
  • 1825Hannah Lord Montague of New York creates 1st detachable shirt collar
  • 1831Jan van Speijk blows up his gunboat in Antwerp, killing about 30
  • 1846"Oregon Spectator" is 1st newspaper to be published on the West Coast
  • 1850Adding machine employing depressible keys patented, New Paltz, New York
  • 1855British government of Palmerston forms
  • 18611st moving picture peep show machine is patented by Samuel Goodale
  • 1861Kinematoscope patented by Coleman Sellers, Philadelphia
  • 1861Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress
  • 1864Federals occupy Jackson, Mississippi
  • 18701st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia
  • 1879Joseph Swan demonstrates light bulb using carbon glow

Born on Feb 5

  • 1589Honorat de Brueil seigneur de Racan: French playwright / poet
  • 1662Giuseppi Vignola: Composer
  • 1711Joseph Umstatt: Composer
  • 1723John Witherspoon: Clergyman / signed Declaration of Independence
  • 1732Nathanael Gottfried Gruner: Composer
  • 1744John Jeffries: Colonial Physician / meteorologist
  • 1748Christian Gottlob Neefe: German composer / conductor / tutor of Beethoven
  • 1753Coert L van Beyma thoe Kingma: Frisian regent / patriot
  • 1770Alexandre Brongniart: Paris, France -- Mineralogist / geologist (Tertiary)
  • 1775Margaretha J de Neufville: Author (Small Pligten)
  • 1788Karoly Kisfaludy: Hungarian literary (A Tat rok Magyarorsz gon)
  • 1799John Lindley: English Botanist (Elements of Botany)
  • 1804Johan Ludvig Runeberg: Finland -- Poet
  • 1810Ole Bull: Composer
  • 1833John Watkinson: Founder of British Chess Magazine (oldest chess magazine)
  • 1837Dwight Lyman Moody: United States -- Evangelist (Student Volunteer Movement)
  • 1840Hiram Stevens Maxim: Inventor (automatic single-barrel rifle)
  • 1840John Boyd Dunlop: Scotland, United Kingdom -- Developer (pneumatic rubber tire)
  • 1848Belle Starr [Myra Belle Shirley]: US female outlaw (wild west)
  • 1848Joris-Karl Huysmans: France -- Writer (Against the Grain)
  • 1856Otto Brahm: German critic / founder (Neue Deutsche Rundschau)
  • 1860Jackson Showalter: 1st US Chess Champion
  • 1863Armand Parent: Composer
  • 1864Carl Tieke: Composer
  • 1865Harvey Worthington Loomis: Composer
  • 1866Arthur Keith: Scottish anthropologist
  • 1866Henri [Hendrik J] Hall: Dutch MP / comic (Put a Lid on it)
  • 1866Rossetter Gleason Cole: Composer
  • 1867Casper A Lingbeek: Vicar / Dutch MP (HSP, 1925..37)
  • 1868Lodewijk Mortelmans: Composer

Died on Feb 5

  • 1578Giovanni B Moroni: Italian portrait painter
  • 1591Gerard de Jode: Flemish publisher
  • 1658Maria Margaretha van Angels: Dutch prioress at Oirschot, dies at 52
  • 1679Joost van den Vondel: Dutch Poet (Gysbreght van Aemstel), dies at 91
  • 1705Jean Gilles: Composer, dies at 37
  • 1721James Stanhope 1st Earl of Stanhope: English General, dies at 47
  • 1738Georg Reidel: Composer, dies at 61
  • 1745Coelestin Praelisauer: Composer, dies at 49
  • 1754Nicolaas S Cruquius: Hydraulic engineer, (Haarlemmermeer), dies at 75
  • 1758Bernhard Christian Weber: Composer, dies at 45
  • 1807Pasquale Paoli: Corsican freedom fighter, dies at 80
  • 1812Franz Schneider: Composer, dies at 74
  • 1822Ali Pasha of Janina: (Napoleon, Lord Byron), dies at about 77
  • 1825Pierre Gaveaux: Composer, dies at 64
  • 1831John CJ van Speijk: Commits suicide at 29
  • 1838Philippe Libon: Composer, dies at 62
  • 1867Salomon Munk: Published Arabic edition of Maimounides
  • 1881Thomas Carlyle: Historian / essayist, dies in London at 85
  • 1897Hoss Radbourn: Pitcher won 60 games in 1884, dies at 42
  • 1907Ludwig Thuille: Composer, dies at 45
  • 1917Paul Rubens: Composer, dies at 41
  • 1919Vasili V Rozanov: Russian philosopher / writer, dies at 62
  • 1922James William Tate: Composer, dies at 46
  • 1924Alexis Hollander: Composer, dies at 83
  • 1926Andre Gedalge: Composer, dies at 69
  • 1929Siegfried Ochs: Composer, dies at 70
  • 1943Wim Gertenbach: Dutch resistance fighter (Slogan), shot by Nazis
  • 1944Robert E Park: Sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), dies at 79
  • 1946George Arliss: Actor / writer (Dr Syn, Voltaire), dies at 77
  • 1947Ganzefles: Dutch Nazi spy / Jews hunter, executed

Historical events on February 6

  • 0337St. Julius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1189Riots of Lynn in Norfolk spread to Norwich England
  • 1508Maximilian I crowned Holy Roman Emperor
  • 1577King Henri de Bourbon of Navarra becomes leader of Huguenots
  • 1626Huguenot rebels and French sign Peace of La Rochelle
  • 1693Royal charter granted College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1716England and Netherlands renew alliance
  • 1778England declares war on France
  • 1778France recognizes US, signs treaty of aid in Paris; 1st US treaty
  • 1788Mass becomes 6th state to ratify constitution
  • 1815New Jersey issues 1st US railroad charter (John Stevens)
  • 1819Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds freeport harbor Singapore
  • 18201st organized emigration of blacks back to Africa (NY to Sierra Leone)
  • 1820US population announced at 9,638,453 (1,771,656 blacks (18.4%))
  • 18321st appearance of cholera at Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1832US ship destroys Sumatran village in retaliation for piracy
  • 1840Waitangi Day; treaty signed between Britain and Maoris of New Zealand
  • 1854Composer R Schumann is saved from suicide attempt into the Rhine
  • 18611st meeting of Provisional Congress of Confederate States of America
  • 1861English Admiral Robert Ritzroy issues 1st storm warnings for ships
  • 1862Gen Ulysses S Grant captures Fort Henry in Tennessee
  • 1862Naval Engagement at Tenn River-USS Conestago vs. CSS Appleton Belle
  • 1862Ulysses S Grant begins military campaign in Mississippi
  • 1865Robert E Lee appointed Confederate General in Chief
  • 1867Peabody Fund forms to promote Black education in South
  • 18911st great train robbery by Dalton Gang (Southern Pacific #17)
  • 1899Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate
  • 1900Battle at Vaalkrans, South-Africa (Boers vs. British army)
  • 1904Russian-Japanese war began
  • 19111st old-age home opened in Prescott, Arizona

Born on February 6

  • 1461Dzore Drzic: Croatian poet
  • 1564Christopher Marlowe: English poet / dramatist (Dr Faustus)
  • 1608Antonio Vieira: Portuguese Jesuit preacher
  • 1612Antoine Arnauld [Grand Arnauld]: French lawyer / theologist
  • 1637Toyotomi Hideyoshi: Unified Japan
  • 1665Anne Stuart: Queen of England (1702-14)
  • 1673Maximilian Dietrich Freisslich: Composer
  • 1695Andre Cheron: Composer
  • 1705Johann Matthias Leffloth: Composer
  • 1756Aaron Burr: Newark, New Jersey -- 3rd US VP (1801-05), dueler
  • 1793Pietro Rovelli: Composer
  • 1797Joseph Maria von Radowitz: Prussian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1804Ragnerus L van Andringa de Kempenaer: Dutch officer / swindler
  • 1807Hans Matthison-Hansen: Composer
  • 1818William Maxwell Evarts: (Union), died in 1901
  • 1830Marcellus Monroe Crocker: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1865)
  • 1832John Brown Gordon: Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1904
  • 1833James Ewell Brown "JEB" Stuart: Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1834William Dorsey Pender: Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1863
  • 1838Henry Irving [John H Brodribb]: England, United Kingdom -- Knighted 1895 / actor (Hamlet)
  • 1848Luigi Mancinelli: Composer
  • 1860Johan [Eliza J] de Meester: Dutch journalist / writer (Geertje)
  • 1864John Henry Mackay: Scottish / German author / poet (Anarchists)
  • 1866Karl T Sapper: German geography / geologist (Vulkankunde)
  • 1874Milton Bennett Medary: United States -- Architect (Washington Chapel)
  • 1876Wilhelm Schmidtbonn[-Schmidt]: German playwright (Der Sprechende Eros)
  • 1878Waclaw Gieburowski: Composer
  • 1879Carl Ramsauer
  • 1881Karl Weigl: Composer
  • 1888Ljudmil Stojanow: Bulgarian poet (Metsh i Slowo, Cholera)

Died on February 6

  • 0891Photius: Byzantine Theologist / patriarch of Constantinople / saint
  • 1140Thurstan: Archbishop of York
  • 1497John Ockeghem: Flemish singer / composer, dies at 79
  • 1612Christopher Clavius: Calendar reformer
  • 1617Prosper Alpinus: Italian Physician / botanist, dies at 63
  • 1695Ahmed II: 21st Sultan of Turkey (1691-95)
  • 1699Jozef Ferdinand of Bavaria: Heir of Spanish King Carlos II
  • 1725Johann Philipp Krieger: Composer, dies at 75
  • 1783Lancelot "Capability" Brown: English Architect (Kew), dies at about 67
  • 1785Iman Willem Falck: Dutch Governor of Ceylon (1765-83), dies at 48
  • 1798Niels Schiorring: Composer, dies at 54
  • 1804Joseph Priestley: Engl / US Theologist / philosopher / chemist, dies at 70
  • 1807John Reid: Composer, dies at 85
  • 1859Johannes Josephus Viotta: Composer, dies at 45
  • 1865John Pegram: US Confederate Brigadier General, dies in battle at 33
  • 1881Pieter Mijer: Governor-General of the Netherlands Indies (1866-72), dies at 68
  • 1896Abraham Czn van Stolk: Dutch art collector, dies at 82
  • 1897Ebenezer C Brewer: British writer (Dictionary of Phrase & Fable)
  • 1899Georg Leo Earl von Caprivi: German chancellor, dies at 67
  • 1914J Albert Neuhuys: Dutch Painter (Hague School), dies at 69
  • 1916Anne C A I van Diest: Belgian Physician / feminist, dies at 73
  • 1917Edouard A Drumont: French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72
  • 1918Gustav Klimt: Austrian Painter / cartoonist, dies at 55
  • 1919Friedrich W Mengelberg: German Sculptor / painter, dies at 81
  • 1923Edward E Barnard: US astronomer (5th moon Jupiter), dies at 65
  • 1930Eva Strittmatter: Writer, dies at 17
  • 1938Marianne V von Werefkin: Russ / German / Swiss house painter, dies at 77
  • 1941Maximilien Luce: French painter, dies at 82
  • 1942Wobbe de Vries: Dutch linguist, dies at 78
  • 1943HA Seyffardt: Dutch Lieutenant General / NSB "minister", dies at 71