Holidays and Observances
2017 Daily Holidays that fall on February 5, include:
- Adlai Stevenson Day
- Disaster Day
- Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA Day
- National Chocolate Fondue Day
- National Primrose Day
- National Weatherperson's Day
- Popcorn Day - February 5, 2017
- Scout Sunday - February 5, 2017 (First Day of Boy Scout Week)
- Shower With a Friend Day
- Super Bowl Sunday - February 5, 2017 (First Sunday in February)
- World Nutella Day
- Western Monarch Day
2017 Weekly Holidays that include February 5, are:
- African Heritage & Health Week - February 1-7
- Boy Scout Anniversary Week - February 5-11, 2017
- Burn Awareness Week - February 5-11, 2017
- Cordova Ice Worm Day - February 3-5, 2017 (First Full Weekend in February)
- Dump Your Significant Jerk Week - February 5-11, 2017 (Week Before Valentines Day)
- Freelance Writers Appreciation Week - February 5-11, 2017 (Second Week of February)
- International Coaching Week - February 5-11, 2017
- Just Say No to Power Point Week - February 5-11, 2017
- National Patient Recognition Week - February 1-7
- Pride in Food Services Week - February 2-6, 2017 (First Full Workweek of February)
- Publicity for Profit Week - February 2-8
- Solo Diners Eat Out Week - February 1-7
- US Snow Sculpting Week - February 1-5, 2017
- Women's Heart Week - February 1-7
- World Interfaith Harmony Week - February 1-7 (First Week of February)
2017 Monthly Holidays that include February 5, are:
There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our February Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of February.
- A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
- If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.
World Festivals and Events
- Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Starts annually on January 5, and typically runs for a month or more, in Harbin, China and is the largest ice and snow festival in the world! 2017 Dates are January 5 - February 28, 2017
- Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - January 21 - February 19, 2017 (San Francisco, CA)
- Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 26 - February 5, 2017 (St. Paul, MN)
- Yukon Quest - Starts February 4, 2017 - February 18, 2016 (approx) This is a 1,000 mile International Sled Dog Race from Whitehorse, Yukon to Anchorage, Alaska. (Race is typically 10-14 days long)
- Super Bowl Sunday - February 5, 2017 (First Sunday in February, held at various venues throughout the United States each year.)
The Astrological Sign for February 5 is an Aquarius.
Birth Flower of the Month
The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for February are:
- Violet - symbolizes faithfulness, loyalty, humility, wisdom, and hope
- Primrose - Modesty, distinction, and virtue
See our new GARDEN HOLIDAYS page for all the special days celebrating things of the garden!
The Birthstone for February is Amethyst.
- 1855 – King C. Gillette, American businessman who founded the Gillette Company (d. 1932)
- 1864 – Ban Johnson, American businessman, founded the Western League of Professional Baseball Clubs (d. 1931)
- 1914 – George Reeves, American actor, best known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman. (d. 1959)
- 1917 – Jane Wyman, American actress best known for Falcon Crest. She was also the first wife of Ronald Reagan, from 1940 to 1948. (d. 2007)
- 1928 – Walter Mondale, American politician, 42nd Vice President of the United States
- 1931 – Robert Duvall, American actor and director
- 1934 - Hank Aaron, baseball player (record 755 HR's, 1957 NL MVP)
- 1942 - Roger Staubach, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
- 1946 – Diane Keaton, American actress, director, screenwriter, and producer (Annie Hall)
- 1953 – Pamela Sue Martin, American actress (Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew and Dynasty)
- 1968 – Carrie Ann Inaba, American actress, singer, dancer, and choreographer (Dancing with the Stars)
- 1969 - Marilyn Manson, American singer-songwriter, actor, and director
- 1975 – Bradley Cooper, American actor
- 1978 – January Jones, American actress (Mad Men and X-Men)
- 1933 – Calvin Coolidge, American politician, 30th President of the United States (b. 1872)
- 1995 - Doug McClure, US rodeo rider/actor (Virginian) (b. 1935)
- 2004 – Tug McGraw, American baseball player (b. 1944)
Famous Weddings and Divorces
- 1826 - 13th U.S. President Millard Fillmore married Abigail Powers
- 1971 - British Actress Judi Dench (Bond Movies) marries actor Michael Williams
Quote of the Day
Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day
The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 5, is a Cauliflower Pea Salad, from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits.
- See our FOOD HOLIDAYS page for all the special days celebrating food!
- See our Holiday Food page for tips on healthy holiday food traditions in general, and for some sample meal plan ideas for some of the most popular holidays.
This Day in History
Here is what happened on February 5 across the years.....
- 1631 - Rhode Island, founder, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England
- 1781 – During the American Revolutionary War, Richmond, Virginia, is burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold.
- 1817 - 1st US Gas Co incorporated in Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
- 1870 - 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience in Philadelphia
- 1900 - The United States and the United Kingdom sign treaty for Panama Canal
- 1904 - American occupation of Cuba ends
- 1914 – The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day's labor.
- 1918 - 1st US pilot to down an enemy airplane is Stephen W Thompson
- 1919 – The German Workers' Party, which would become the Nazi Party, is founded.
- 1922 - Reader's Digest Magazine is 1st published
- 1925 – Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming becomes the first female governor in the United States.
- 1931 - Maxine Dunlap, becomes the 1st US women to earn a glider pilot license
- 1933 – Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.
- 1936 - National Wildlife Federation forms
- 1937 - 1st Charlie Chaplin talkie, Modern Times, is released
- 1944 – The Daily Mail, a British paper, becomes the first transoceanic newspaper.
- 1945 - US troops under General Douglas MacArthur enter Manilla
- 1949 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman unveils his Fair Deal program.
- 1962 - Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn within 16 degrees
- 1967 - Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour premieres on CBS (later ABC, NBC)
- 1969 - US population reaches 200 million
- 1971 -
Apollo 14, the 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands. Alan
Shepard & Edward Mitchell walk on the Moon for 4 hrs.
- 1972 – U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the development of a Space Shuttle program.
- 1973 - Comic strip, Hagar The Horrible, debuted
- 1973 - Funeral for LC William Nolde, the last US soldier killed in the Vietnam War
- 1974 - Patty Hearst is kidnapped
- 1980 - Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel
- 1982 - DEA announces seizure of 3,192 tons of marijuana
- 1983 - Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie brought to trial
- 1993 - R James Woolsey, becomes the 16th director of the CIA
This is an amazing photo of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge which began on February 5, 1933. The original picture was in black/white and it indicated it was taken sometime in 1935. It does not look to me, like this man has on any kind of safety harness or anything!! Yikes!
This Day in Music
- 1940 - The Federal Communications Commission hears the first demonstration of FM radio.
- 1940 - Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record Tuxedo Junction
- 1955 -The Fontaine Sisters' Hearts of Stone hits #1
- 1966 -The Marketts' Batman Theme enters the pop charts
- 1966 - Petula Clark's My Love hits #1
- 1968 - The Beatles' album Yellow Submarine is certified gold
- 1973 - Elton John's Crocodile Rock is certified gold
- 1977 - Mary MacGregor's Torn Between Two Lovers hits #1
- 1979 - The Pointer Sisters' "Fire" is certified gold
- 1983 - Toto went to #1 on the US singles with Africa; a #3 hit in the UK
- 1991 - Joni Mitchel inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame
- 1997 - Johnny Cash plays Coyote, Homer Simpson's imaginary guru on The Simpsons. Coyote tells Homer to buy more material possessions.
- 1998 - Elton John and Stevie Wonder perform at the White House for US President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
- 2003 - Little Richard guest stars on the "Special Edna" episode of The Simpsons.
- 2006 - The Rolling Stones played three songs during the half-time show of The Super Bowl in Detroit
- 2012 - The Super Bowl XLVI halftime show becomes the
most-watched television event in history, at 118 million views.
Performing artists include Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, and Cee Lo Green
Toto's Africa, reaches #1 in the US on February 5, 1983
This Day in Sports
- 1921 - The Yankees purchase 20 acres in the Bronx for Yankee Stadium
- 1948 - Dick Button becomes 1st US figure skating Olympic champion
- 1948 - Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion
- 1956 - 7th Winter Olympic games close at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
- 1972 - Bob Douglas is 1st black elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
- 1977 - Sugar Ray Leonard beats Luis Vega in 6 rounds in his 1st pro fight
- 1977 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
1977 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
- 1978 - Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
- 1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points
- 1998 - Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed an agreement to purchase
the Minnesota Vikings for over $200 million, an NFL franchise
- 2012 -
Quarterback Eli Manning wins his second Superbowl Most Valuable Player
Award after leading the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New
England Patriots in Superbowl XLVI
Word of the Day from Wiktionary
1. Suitable to be eaten; edible.
Wishing You a Great February 5th Today!
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