February 5 in Pop Culture History
February 5 is…
World Childhood Cancer Day is a day to raise awareness of childhood cancer and its impact on children and their families.
National Chocolate Fondue Day: A day to celebrate and enjoy the delicious treat of chocolate fondue.
National Shower with a Friend Day was created by an anonymous individual in 2012 who wanted people to share an activity that would bring joy and pleasure to their lives.
Wear Red Day: A day to raise awareness about women’s heart disease and encourage people to wear red to support the cause.
National Weatherman’s Day was established to honor the contributions of meteorologists and other weather professionals’ contributions to weather forecasting and the protection of life and property. The day was created in honor of John Jeffries, an American physician, and meteorologist, who made the first recorded weather observations in the United States on February 5, 1774. The day is also to pay homage to all meteorologists.
World Nutella Day has been celebrated worldwide on February 5th every year since 2007. The day celebrates the iconic chocolate hazelnut spread, made from cocoa and hazelnuts, invented in 1964 by Pietro Ferrero. From humble beginnings to becoming one of the most beloved treats worldwide, this day is a celebration of the delicious Italian classic. For many, World Nutella Day marks an opportunity to indulge in some creamy and delicious goodness with friends and family. Whether for breakfast on toast, as a snack in between meals, or even as part of desserts, Nutella is loved by people of all ages.
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’s film Peter Pan opened at the Roxy Theatre in New York City.
1955 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1955 – February 11, 1955: The Fontane Sisters – Hearts 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 Clark – My 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 MacGregor – Torn Between Two Lovers
1983 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1983 – February 18, 1983: Toto – Africa
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!
#1 Hit February 5, 2022 – March 11, 2022: We Don’t Talk About Bruno – Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the Encanto cast