What Happened on August 5, 1864

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events


Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Battle of Mobile Bay, won by the Union Army led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" (US Civil War)

US Civil War Admiral David Farragut
US Civil War Admiral
David Farragut
  • Spectrum of a comet observed for 1st time, by Giovanni Donati

Famous Birthdays

  • Resurreccion Maria de Azkue, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Griffin A Stedman, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies in battle at 26