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February 5
2021

Deaths

U.S. boxer Leon Spinks died aged 67. In 1978 he caused a huge upset by beating Muhammad Ali in his eighth professional fight to become the world heavyweight champion, but Ali gained revenge seven months later

February 5
2021

Deaths

Christopher Plummer, best known for his role as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, died at age 91. He won an Oscar in 2012 for the film Beginners, and was nominated for All the Money in the World (2018)

February 5
2020

Society Law Politics

The U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in his impeachment trial, ending a bid to remove him from office that bitterly divided the country

February 5
2020

Deaths

Kirk Douglas, one of the last survivors of Hollywood’s golden age, died at the age of 103. His muscular intensity made him a commanding screen presence in movies such Spartacus, Lust for Life and Paths of Glory

February 5
2017

Sport Recreation

In American football, the New England Patriots produced the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime and claim a fifth title

February 5
2015

Military

Jordan launched air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for the killing of a captured Jordanian pilot. Lt. Muath Al-Kasasbeh was captured, held hostage and then burned alive by IS militants

February 5
2012

Sport Recreation

In a rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl, the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17. An estimated 111.3 million people tuned in, making the game the most-watched television show in U.S. history, edging out last year's Super Bowl, which had 111.0 million viewers

February 5
2011

Deaths

Jean Paul Getty III, the eldest son of Paul Getty and grandson of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, died at his home in England, aged 54. He was kidnapped in Italy in 1973 at the age of 16, when his ear was cut off after his notoriously miserly grandfather refused to pay the $17 million ransom demand

February 5
2011

Everyday Life

Thousands of Italians attended a rally to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over his latest sex scandal, centring on allegations that he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl

February 5
2011

Sport Recreation

An International Cricket Council tribunal banned Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir for five years for match-fixing. Former captain Butt was banned for 10-years, with five suspended, Asif seven years with two suspended, and Amir five. The players were accused of spot-fixing in the fourth Test between Pakistan and England at Lord’s in August 2010, but had consistently denied any wrongdoing

February 5
2010

Crime Espionage Terrorism

At least 40 people were killed and more than 140 wounded in two bomb blasts that rocked the Iraqi city of Karbala as hundreds of thousands of Shia pilgrims observed a major religious rite. The attacks came on the final and most important day of the Arbaeen, marking the culmination of 40 days of mourning for Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who died in a 7th century battle at Karbala. On the same day 22 Shia Muslims were killed and over 50 injured in two separate bombings in the Pakistani city of Karachi. A motorbike laden with explosives struck a bus carrying Shias to an Arbaeen procession, killing 12, while a second bomb an hour later killed 13 at the entrance to the hospital emergency ward where the victims of the first attack were being treated

February 5
2009

Crime Espionage Terrorism

Somali pirates released the Ukrainian ship MV Faina following payment of a $3.2 million ransom

February 5
2009

Economics Industry

The Bank of England reduced the base rate of interest to a new historic low of 1%

February 5
2009

Sport Recreation

Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan became the highest wicket-taker in One Day International matches, with his 503rd wicket. He already held the record for the highest number of wickets in Test matches

February 5
2008

Deaths

Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who inspired the Beatles and was said to have persuaded them to give up drugs, died at his home in the Netherlands. He introduced Transcendental Meditation to the West, with a message of universal love and peace