On this day in history February 5, 1782 – The Spanish captured Minorca from the British.
1783 – Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
1846 – “The Oregon Spectator”, based in Oregon City, became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast.
1961 – The first issue of the “Sunday Telegraph” was published.
1962 – French President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria’s independence.
1972 – Bob Douglas became the first black man elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.
1982 – Great Britain imposed economic sanctions against Poland and Russia in protest against martial law in Poland.
1994 – White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, MS, of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.