On This Day in History

for Wednesday 5th August, 2015

Historical Events

Events 1 - 4 of 193

910 - The last major Viking army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred.
1305 - William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.
1716 - Battle of Petrovaradin/Peterwardein: Habsburgs under Eugene of Savoy defeat the Turks in a decisive victory
1864 - US Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay won by the Union led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 4 of 213

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 5 of 9

1764 - Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II (17) weds queen Maria Luisa of Spain (18) in Innsbruck, Austria
1885 - Author Arthur Conan Doyle (26) weds Louisa Hawkins
1956 - Actress-singer Shirley Jones (22) weds film and stage actor Jack Cassidy (29)
1964 - Film director Mel Brooks (38) weds actress Anne Bancroft (32) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau
1971 - Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (22) weds actor Helmuth Sommer

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

1925 - Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (44) divorces wife Latife Hanim after 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 4 of 110

Tomorrow's Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 4 of 237


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