February 5

1811

After George III was declared insane, the Prince of Wales became Prince Regent of England, and later George IV.

1917

Congress passed the Immigration Act, which restricted Asian immigration, over President Wilson's veto.

1917

Mexico adopted its present constitution.

1937

FDR proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices—"packing" the court.

1994

Byron De La Beckwith was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Medgar Evers, 30 years after the crime in Jackson, Mississippi.

1997

Under international pressure, three of Switzerland's biggest banks created a fund worth 100 million Swiss francs for Holocaust victims and their families.

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