What Happened on August 5

Historical Events

  • 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!"
  • 1914 1st electric traffic light installed in the USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio
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Did You Know?

Humphrey Gilbert claims Newfoundland for the British crown - first English colony in North America and the beginning of the British Empire

On August 5, 1583

Famous Weddings

  • 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

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