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This Day In History: Feb. 5

Today is the 36th day of 2008 and the 46th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1631, Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, arrived in Boston from England. In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt announced a plan to expand the Supreme Court to as many as 15 justices. In 1988, Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega was indicted in Florida on charges of bribery and drug trafficking.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), politician/diplomat; Red Buttons (1919-2006), comedian; Hank Aaron (1934- ), baseball player, is 74; Christopher Guest (1948- ), actor/filmmaker, is 60; Jennifer Jason Leigh (1962- ), actress, is 46; Laura Linney (1964- ), actress, is 44; Bobby Brown (1969- ), singer, is 39.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1972, Bob Douglas, "the Father of Black Basketball" became the first African American elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them." - Adlai Stevenson

TODAY'S FACT: The Third Punic War, between Rome and Carthage, led to the destruction of the city of Carthage in 146 BC; some 2,100 years later, on February 5, 1985, the mayors of Rome and Carthage met in Tunis, Algeria, and signed a friendship treaty declaring the end of the war.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 31 - number of years between the assassination of Medgar Evers and the conviction of his killer, Byron de la Beckwith, on this day in 1994.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (January 30) and new moon (February 6).

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