"Many excellent words are ruined by too definite a knowledge of their meaning."
Aline Kilmer, American poet (1888-1941)
Feb. 5, 1811: George, the Prince of Wales, was named Prince Regent due to the mental illness of his father, Britain's King George III.
1631: The co-founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and his wife, Mary, arrived in Boston from England.
1783: Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
1887: Verdi's opera "Otello" premiered at La Scala.
1911: Missouri's second Capitol building in Jefferson City burned down after being struck by lightning. Opera singer Jussi Bjoerling was born in Borlange, Dalarna, Sweden.
1917: Congress passed, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, an immigration act severely curtailing the influx of Asians. Mexico's constitution was adopted.
1937: President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices; critics accused Roosevelt of attempting to "pack" the court.
1940: Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded "Tuxedo Junction" for RCA Victor's Bluebird label.
1958: Gamal Abdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the first president of the new United Arab Republic.
1971: Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell stepped onto the surface of the moon in the first of two lunar excursions.
1989: The Soviet Union announced that all but a small rear-guard contingent of its troops had left Afghanistan.