On This Day In History, 5 February

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World Events Today

  • The Greenwich Time Signal, the hourly time signal issued by the Greenwich Observatory, was first broadcast today in 1924
  • Laker Airways, the British airline company founded by Sir Freddie Laker, went bankrupt today in 1982
  • A civil court, found O J Simpson liable for the deaths of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman, today in 1997, he was ordered to pay 33,500,000 US Dollars in damages

Entertainment Events Today

  • The general interest family magazine Reader’s Digest, was published for the first time today in 1922
  • The movie Modern Times, written, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, was released today in 1936, it was the last appearance of Chaplin as the iconic “Little Tramp”
  • The movie La Dolce Vita, premiered today in 1960 in Italy, it went on to become a worldwide box-office success

Family Events Today

  • Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the Metropolitan Police who served two terms as the Prime Minister of Britain, was born today in 1788 in Bury
  • The Portuguese footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo, considered by some as the best player in the world, was born today in 1985 in Madeira
  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru to the Beatles, the Beach Boys and many others, died today in 2008 aged 90

Main Event Today

  • The “Welcome Stranger” was found today in 1869 in Victoria, Australia, at almost 100 kilograms, it is still the largest gold nugget ever found

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Shower with a Friend Day

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