1956, 5 February
Nine Mau Mau prisoners, serving life sentences, escape from Mageta Island, Lake Victoria.
1964, 5 February
In protest against anti-US campaigns in Ghana, the US recalls its ambassador.
1977, 5 February
The Frente de Libertação de Moçambique, FRELIMO (Front for the Liberation of Mozambique), announces its plans to turn Mozambique into a Marxist state.