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The "Welcome Stranger" gold nugget
USS Port Royal (CG-73) after having run aground on a coral reef
Obelisk commemorating the discovery of the Welcome Stranger nugget
A tulip from a 1637 Dutch catalog
in Japan begins (2018)
Sapporo Snow Festival primary sources
in Mexico ( Constitution Day 1917)
Kashmir Solidarity Day stub
1782 – Running out of medical supplies to combat scurvy, British troops surrendered to an allied Franco-Spanish force, completing the latter's of the island of invasion Minorca in the Mediterranean Sea.
1862 – Domnitor merged his two Alexandru Ioan Cuza principalities, Wallachia and Moldavia, to form the , the core of the Romanian nation-state.
United Principalities Cuza: refimprove; Principalities: lots of CN tags
1885 – Leopold II of Belgium established the as his personal possession in Africa through his organization Congo Free State International African Association and his private army, the Force Publique.
1917 – The current was adopted, establishing a constitution of Mexico federal republic with powers separated into independent executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
1924 – Hourly from the Greenwich Time Signals Royal Greenwich Observatory were first broadcast by the BBC.
1963 – The European Court of Justice's ruling in established the principle of Van Gend en Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen direct effect, one of the basic tenets of European Union law.
1988 – The first raised Red Nose Day £15 million in the United Kingdom for charity.
1994 – The Army of Republika Srpska carried out the first of against civilians in the marketplace in two bombardments Sarajevo, which were the stated reason for NATO air strikes against Bosnian Serb forces.
AD 62 – Pompeii was severely damaged by , which may have been a precursor to the a strong earthquake eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed the town 17 years later.
1637 – The speculative bubble for rare tulip bulbs in the Dutch Republic burst, marking the decline of . tulip mania
1869 – Prospectors in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia, discovered the largest alluvial gold nugget ever found, known as the " ". Welcome Stranger
1909 – Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announced the creation of , the world's first synthetic Bakelite plastic.
1917 – The U.S. Congress overrode President Woodrow Wilson's veto to pass the , establishing new restrictions on immigrants, including the wholesale ban of people from much of Asia. Immigration Act of 1917
1941 – Second World War: British and Free French forces began the to capture the strategic town of Battle of Keren Keren in Italian Eritrea.
2004 – The Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front captured Gonaïves, Haiti, starting against the government of President a coup d'état Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
2004 – Twenty-three cockle pickers after being trapped by rising tides in drowned Morecambe Bay, England, an event that led to the establishment of the British government's Gangmasters Licensing Authority.
2008 – Eighty-seven tornadoes occurred over the course of the across multiple U.S. states, causing 56 deaths and over Super Tuesday tornado outbreak $1 billion in damage.
2009 – The United States Navy guided missile cruiser Port Royal on a coral reef off the island of ran aground Oahu. Born/died: (b. 1870) C. E. Brock · (d. 1933) Josiah Thomas · (b. 1908) Peg Entwistle · (d. 1983) Margaret Oakley Dayhoff · (b. 1992) Neymar
: February 5 in Pakistan
Kashmir Solidarity Day
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(b. 1804) Johan Ludvig Runeberg · (b. 1892) William Bostock · (b. 1910)