UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

Screen legends form United Artists, two more men walk on the moon, a president elected in Finland ... on this date in history.

By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
Images of Charlie Chaplin are shown July 27, 2012, during a Tribute to Film and Music in the opening ceremony of the London Summer Olympics. On Feb. 5, 1919, Chaplin and fellow stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford and director D.W. Griffith formed the United Artists film company. UPI/Pat Benic/File | License Photo

Today is Thursday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2015 with 329 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Venus.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include former British Prime Minister Robert Peel, founder of the London Police Force, in 1788; evangelist Dwight Moody in 1837; Scotsman John Dunlop, inventor of the pneumatic tire, in 1840; outlaw Belle Starr in 1848; French automotive pioneer Andre Citroen in 1878; French aviation pioneer Gabriel Voisin in 1880; U.S. statesman Adlai E. Stevenson in 1900; actor John Carradine in 1906; novelist William Burroughs in 1914; comedian/actor Red Buttons in 1919; author Rev. Andrew Greeley in 1928; baseball Hall of Fame member Henry Aaron in 1934 (age 81); hockey commentator Don Cherry in 1934 (age 81); financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn in 1939 (age 76); television writer and producer Stephen J. Cannell in 1941; Heisman Trophy winner and football Hall of Fame member Roger Staubach in 1942 (age 73); film director Michael Mann in 1943 (age 72); musician Al Kooper in 1944 (age 71); race car driver Darrell Waltrip in 1947 (age 68); writer/comedian Christopher Guest in 1948 (age 67); actor Barbara Hershey in 1948 (age 67); actor Tom Wilkinson in 1948 (age 67); musician Cliff Martinez (Red Hot Chili Peppers) in 1954 (age 61); actor Tim Meadows in 1961 (age 54); actor Jennifer Jason Leigh in 1962 (age 53); actor Laura Linney in 1964 (age 51); golf Hall of Fame member Jose Maria Olazabal in 1966 (age 49); singer Bobby Brown in 1969 (age 46); Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in 1985 (age 30).


On this date in history:

In 1631, British clergyman Roger Williams arrived in Salem, Mass., seeking religious freedom. (He founded the colony of Rhode Island.)

In 1919, screen legends Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith formed United Artists.

In 1971, Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edward Mitchell were on the moon for 4 hours. They were the fifth and sixth astronauts to walk on the moon since Apollo 11 in 1969.)

In 1989, Radio Moscow announced the last Soviet soldier had left Kabul, Afghanistan.

In 1994, white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the 1963 killing of Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

In 2003, making a case for U.N.-endorsed military action in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell accused the Saddam Hussein regime of deceiving U.N. weapons inspectors and having ties with the al-Qaida terrorist network.

In 2007, U.S. astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak, a naval officer, was arrested on several charges, including attempted kidnapping, after she drove from Houston to Orlando, Fla., to confront another officer she viewed as a romantic rival for a fellow astronaut. (Nowak eventually pleaded guilty to lesser charges, avoided prison and was forced to leave the Navy.)


In 2010, the president of Toyota Motor Corp., Akio Toyoda, apologized for quality-control problems, including sticking gas pedals, that led to massive vehicle recalls.

In 2012, Sauli Niinisto scored a resounding victory over Pekka Haavisto to become Finland's 12th president.

In 2013, a report published by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute said Washington had the worst traffic congestion of any city in the United States, followed by Los Angeles, San Francisco-Oakland, New York and Boston.

In 2014, the CVS Pharmacy chain announced it would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by Oct. 1.

A thought for the day: "You can talk without saying a thing. I don't ever want to be that type of person." -- Charles Barkley

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