What Happened On This Day – February 5
1924 The Greenwich Time Signal is broadcast for the first time
The “BBC pips” are 5 short and 1 long tones that are broadcast by many BBC radio stations to mark the precise start of the hour.
1919 United Artists is founded
Charlie Chaplin was one of the film studio's founders.
1909 The world's first synthetic plastic is developed
Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announced his invention of Bakelite at a meeting of the American Chemical Society that day.
1869 The biggest gold nugget in history is found
The “Welcome Stranger” was found at Moliagul in Australia and had a calculated refined weight of 71.081 kg.
1852 The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg opens to the public
It is one of the world's largest and oldest museums and was originally founded in 1764.
Births On This Day,
1985 Cristiano Ronaldo
1969 Michael Sheen
1900 Adlai Stevenson
American politician, 31st Governor of Illinois
1878 André Citroën
French engineer, businessman, founded Citroën
1840 John Boyd Dunlop
Scottish businessman, co-founded Dunlop Rubber
Deaths On This Day,
2010 Harry Schwarz
German/South African lawyer, politician, diplomat, 13th South African Ambassador to the United States
2008 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
1993 Joseph L. Mankiewicz
American director, screenwriter, producer
1938 Hans Litten
1881 Thomas Carlyle