February 5 in Pop Culture History

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February 5 in Pop Culture History

Weatherperson’s Day, named after the birthday (Feb 5, 1744) of early US weatherman, John Jeffries.

62 – Pompeii earthquake (not to be confused with the Great Earthquake of 79)

1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy

1824 – Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating founded “The Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts” in Philadelphia.

1846 – The Oregon Spectator became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast, in Oregon City.

1883 – The Southern Pacific Railroad completed its transcontinental “Sunset Route” from New Orleans to California.

1917 – The Congress of the United States passed the Immigration Act of 1917. Also known as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act, and it forbade immigration from nearly all of south and southeast Asia.

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

1929 – A runner’s ‘starting blocks’ (Foot Support) patent (#1,701,026) was issued to George T. Bresnahan of Iowa City, Iowa

1936 – The last silent film of the era, Modern Times, was released by Charlie Chaplin.

1953 – Walt Disney film Peter Pan opened at the Roxy Theatre in New York City.

1955 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1955 – February 11, 1955: The Fontane SistersHearts Of Stone

1958 – A hydrogen bomb, known as the Tybee Bomb, was lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, and was never found.

1966 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1966 – February 18, 1966: Petula ClarkMy Love

1972 – Bob Douglas became the first African America to be inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

1977 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1977 – February 18, 1977: Mary MacGregorTorn Between Two Lovers

1983 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1983 – February 18, 1983: TotoAfrica

1988 – Manuel Noriega was indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.

1999 – Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release.

2000 – Kelly Ripa officially joined Regis Philbin on Live!

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