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On This Day In History for February 5, 2020

This is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 330 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 1869, that The largest alluvial gold nugget in history, called the “Welcome Stranger”, is found in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia.
  • On February 5, 1907, Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announces the creation of Bakelite, the world’s first synthetic plastic.
  • 107 years ago today, Greek military aviators, Michael Moutoussis and Aristeidis Moraitinis perform the first naval air mission in history, with a Farman MF.7 hydroplane.
  • Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith launch United Artists on this date in 1919.
  • On February 5, 1924, The Royal Greenwich Observatory begins broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal.
  • A hydrogen bomb known as the Tybee Bomb is lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, never to be recovered on this date in 1958.
  • February 5, 1971, Astronauts land on the moon in the Apollo 14 mission.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • German mathematician and physicist, Gaspar Schott, born on this date in 1608.
  • Austrian mineralogist, geologist, and physicist, Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger was born 225 years ago today.
  • American engineer, invented the Maxim gun, Hiram Maxim, born on this date in 1840.
  • John Boyd Dunlop, the Scottish businessman, co-founded Dunlop Rubber was born 180 years ago today.
  • Born February 5, 1878, French engineer and businessman, founded Citroën André Citroën.
  • American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Robert Hofstadter, born on this date in 1915.
  • Red Buttons, the American actor was born 101 years ago today.
  • Also turning 83 today is Estonian-American astronomer and mathematician Alar Toomre.
  • Also born on that same date in 1943,  American engineer and businessman, founded Atari, Inc, Nolan Bushnell.
  • Also turning 73 today is American engineer and astronaut Mary L. Cleave.
  • American actress, Barbara Hershey is 72 today.
  • American actor and director, Christopher Guest, born on this date in 1948.
  • Also born on that same date in 1969,  American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor, Bobby Brown.

Listener birthdays

  • 01 – Matt Baum aka Racer X, Pittsburgh PA
  • 01 – Brandon Kirkwold – MN
  • 02 – Gary Lindros – aka Gary from Jacksonville – Groundhog’s Day Rules!!!
  • 02 – Chuck Provenzano aka podlurker aka Chuck’s evil twin
  • 02 – Oreo Cookie Monster
  • 03 – Euan Campbell McGregor – Scotland, UK
  • 07 – Chad W. Smith from Chattanooga, TN
  • 07 – Bryon the Big BS in PA, Williamsport PA
  • 08 – Jan Scott from Yorkshire, UK
  • 09 – “Podcast” Mike Wills from Minnesota
  • 10 – Zach Akgulian – Appleton, WI
  • 10 – Drace (Shari from ND)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for February 5, 2020

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