This day in history

Today is Monday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2018. There are 329 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron is 84. Playwright John Guare is 80. Financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn is 79. Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach is 76. Director Michael Mann is 75. Rock singer Al Kooper is 74. Actress Charlotte Rampling is 72. Racing Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip is 71. Actress Barbara Hershey is 70. Actor Christopher Guest is 70. Actor Tom Wilkinson is 70. Comedian Tim Meadows is 57. Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 56. Actress Laura Linney is 54. Golf Hall of Famer Jose Maria Olazabal is 52. Comedian Chris Parnell is 51. Singer Bobby Brown is 49. Actor Alex Brightman is 31.


In 1631, the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and his wife, Mary, arrived in Boston from England.

In 1917, Congress passed, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, an act severely curtailing Asian immigration.

In 1958, Gamal Abdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the first president of the new United Arab Republic (a union of Egypt and Syria that lasted until 1961).

In 1967, ‘‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’’ premiered on CBS-TV.

In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that all but a small rear-guard contingent of its troops had left Afghanistan.

In 1993, President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, granting workers up to 12 weeks unpaid leave for family emergencies.

In 2008, more than 80 tornadoes began touching down in the midwestern and southern United States; the deadliest of the twisters claimed 57 lives. Senator John McCain seized command of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, winning delegate-rich primaries from the East Coast to California on Super Tuesday; Senator Barack Obama, trailing much of the night, nearly pulled even with Senator Hillary Clinton in the contest for Democratic delegates.


In 2013, President Obama asked Congress for a short-term deficit reduction package of spending cuts and tax revenue that would delay steeper automatic cuts scheduled to kick in on March 1. (The president and congressional leaders failed to reach an agreement, and the $85 billion in cuts, known as sequester, went into effect.)

Last year, Tom Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports history that helped lift New England from a 25-point hole against the Atlanta Falcons to the Patriots’ fifth Super Bowl victory, 34-28.