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Today in History: FEB 5, Senate acquits Trump

By The Associated Press​ ​ ​

Today in History: On Feb. 5, 2020, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump, bringing to a close the third presidential trial in United States history.

On this date: In 1811, George, the Prince of Wales, was named Prince Regent due to the mental illness of his father, Britain’s King George III.

In 1917, the U.S. Congress passed, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, an act severely curtailing Asian immigration.

In 1918, during World War I, the Cunard liner SS Tuscania, which was transporting about 2,000 American troops to Europe, was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the Irish Sea with the loss of more than 200 people.

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices; the proposal, which failed in Congress, drew accusations that Roosevelt was attempting to “pack” the nation’s highest court.

Today’s birthdays: Actor David Selby is 82. Football’s Roger Staubach is 81. Rocker Al Kooper is 79. Actor Charlotte Rampling is 77. Racing’s Darrell Waltrip is 76. Actor Barbara Hershey is 75. Actor Christopher Guest is 75. Actor Tom Wilkinson is 75. Actor Tim Meadows is 62. Actor Jennifer Jason Leigh is 61. Actor Laura Linney is 59. Rocker Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) is 59. Golfer Jose Maria Olazabal is 57. Actor Chris Parnell is 56. Rocker Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) is 55. Singer Bobby Brown is 54. Actor Michael Sheen is 54. Actor David Chisum is 53. Country’s Sara Evans is 52. Country’s Tyler Farr is 39. Actor Darren Criss is 36. Actor Alex Brightman is 36. Actor Henry Golding is 36. Rocker Kyle Simmons (Bastille) is 35.