5th February

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1974 Patti Hearst kidnapped Patti Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of the millionaire American publisher, Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped from her home in California.
1968 Fishing - trawler sinks The trawler Ross Cleveland from Hull sinks off the coast of Iceland, with all hands on board - the third in as many weeks.
1953 World War 2 - sweet rationing ends The rationing of confectionery in the United Kingdom ends after 10 years, with schoolchildren first in the queue for unlimited sweets and chocolate.
1901 First Billion Dollar deal J Pierpont Morgan, already one of America's largest steel owners, pulls off the biggest deal ever when he buys up a billion dollars worth of mines and steel mills.
1887 Guiseppe Verdi - Otello Guiseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" is premiered at La Scala.
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