Events in History on August 5

  • 135 Betar last outpost of Bar Kochba falls to Rome
  • 642 Battle of Maserfield - Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Bernicia.
  • 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.
  • 1071 Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes captured/Islam advances through Europe
  • 1100 Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey
  • 1264 Anti-Jewish riots break out in Arnstadt Germany

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1305 William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.

Scottish nobleman William Wallace
Scottish nobleman
William Wallace
  • 1388 Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England.
  • 1391 Castilian sailors fire attack Jewish ghetto of Barcelona, 100's killed
  • 1399 Battle at Worskla: Tataren beat Russians & Litouwers
  • 1420 Duke John VI of Bavaria visits Dutch mystic Lidwina (Christ's bride)

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1435 Battle at Ponza: king Alfonso V of Aragon captured by Genuezen

  • 1543 French & Turkish troops occupy Nice
  • 1583 Humphrey Gilbert claims Newfoundland for the British crown - first English colony in North America and the beginning of the British Empire
  • 1587 Spanish troops conquer Lock
  • 1654 French troops occupy Stenay
  • 1666 English fleet beats Dutch under Michiel de Ruyter
  • 1667 State of Holland obtain Eternal Edict
  • 1689 1,500 Iroquois attack the village of Lachine, in New France.
  • 1716 Battle of Petrovaradin/Peterwardein: Habsburgs under Eugene of Savoy defeat the Turks in a decisive victory
  • 1745 Jacobite Rising 1745: Jacobite forces capture British company of troops under Captain Scott
  • 1763 Pontiac's War: Battle of Bushy Run - British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac's Indians at Bushy Run.
  • 1772 1st Partition of Poland between Austria, Prussia and Russia is made public
  • 1775 1st Spanish ship, San Carlos, enters SF Bay
  • 1781 Battle of Dogger Bank (Fourth Anglo-Dutch War): a British strategic victory, although both sides claimed to have won

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1812 War of 1812: Tecumseh's Native American force ambushes Thomas Van Horne's 200 Americans at Brownstone Creek, causing them to flee and retreat.

Native American Leader of the Shawnee Tecumseh
Native American Leader of the Shawnee
  • 1837 1st ascent of Mt Marcy (5,344') highest in Adirondack, NY
  • 1846 Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel
  • 1858 Cyrus W Field completes 1st transatlantic telegraph cable
  • 1860 Carl IV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway in Trondheim.
  • 1861 Enlistment increases from 3 months to 2 years
  • 1861 Naval Engagement at Fernandina, FL-USS Vincennes ends rebel blockade
  • 1861 US Army abolishes flogging
  • 1861 US levies its 1st Income Tax (3% of incomes over $800)
  • 1862 Battle of Baton Rouge, LA

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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!"

US Civil War Admiral David Farragut
US Civil War Admiral
David Farragut
  • 1864 Spectrum of a comet observed for 1st time, by Giovanni Donati
  • 1874 Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in England.
  • 1882 Martial law is imposed in Japan.
  • 1882 Standard Oil of New Jersey is established.
  • 1884 Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island (NYC)
  • 1890 British & French accord to divide African colonization
  • 1891 world's 1st traveler's cheques issued (American Express)
  • 1900 In Russia, anti-Jewish riots spread from Odessa into other parts of the country

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1905 First meeting of the Russian and Japanese peace commissioners takes place in US President Theodore Roosevelt's home at Oyster Bay, New York

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1912 Japan's first taxicab service begins in Ginza, Tokyo.
  • 1914 1st electric traffic light installed in the USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1914 Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico & Argentina proclaim neutrality in WW I
  • 1914 Dutch Cort Van de Linden government issues silver bonds as money
  • 1914 Massive German assault on forts around Liège
  • 1914 Montenegro declares war against Austria-Hungary in World War I
  • 1914 US and Nicaragua sign treaty granting canal rights to US
  • 1914 Westerschelde leaves due to German invasion in Belgium
  • 1915 Warsaw, evacuated by the Russians, is occupied by Germans
  • 1915 The Latin-American Conference Convenes in Washington, with representatives from leading South American nations joining the US to discuss conditions in Mexico
  • 1917 British troops attack canal of Ypres in Boesinghe, Belgium
  • 1917 The entire US National Guard is taken into national service, subject to presidential rather than state control
  • 1921 Treaty of Berlin: US & Germany sign separate peace treaty
  • 1923 1st American to swim English Channel (Henry Sullivan)
  • 1924 Comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray debuts
  • 1925 Plaid Cymru is formed with the aim of disseminating knowledge of the Welsh language, which is in danger of dying out.
  • 1926 French & German trade agreement signed

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1926 Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • 1931 Det Tiger Tommy Bridges perfect game is broken up with 2 outs in 9th

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1932 Clyde Barrow and two associates kill Sheriff C.G. Maxwell and his deputy, Eugene C. Moore, the first time the Barrow gang killed a lawman

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • 1940 "Acquaintance" blows-up Zandvoortse synagouge
  • 1942 British government cancels agreement of Munich
  • 1942 German troops cross Kuban River
  • 1943 Sicily: 3 US A-36's bomb British headquarter
  • 1943 Soviet forces reconquer Orel & Bjelgorod
  • 1943 World War II: at around 11 A.M during the Battle of Troina, Mount Etna erupts sending ash and lava miles into the sky.
  • 1944 US 79th/90th division occupy Laval/Mayenne
  • 1944 US troops occupy Vannes, Brittany
  • 1947 Netherlands ceases political action in Indonesia, due to UN pressure
  • 1949 6.75 Earthquake hits Quito; about 6,000 die
  • 1951 Armed uprising in Ambonezen Camp Middelburg
  • 1953 Operation "Big Switch"; Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom
  • 1955 After playing 274 straight games at 2nd base, Nellie Fox is given a day off he comes back next 798 consecutive games
  • 1957 Comic strip "Andy Capp" made its debut
  • 1957 WJZ-TV in Baltimore MD begins radio transmissions
  • 1958 Philip Kapleau, Zen teacher, 1st awakening under Yasutani Roshi
  • 1959 42.4 cm rainfall in Decatur Co, Iowa (state record)
  • 1960 Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) declares independence from France
  • 1960 Detroit trades manager Jimmy Dykes for Cleve's Joe Gordon
  • 1961 118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
  • 1962 1st quasar located by radio

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1962 Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement and for illegally leaving South Africa

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1962 UN command forbids flights to Katangese airports
  • 1963 Britain, USA & USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty
  • 1963 Craig Breedlove sets world auto speed record at 407.45 MPH
  • 1964 Congo rebellion: Christopher Gbenye/Pierre Mulele conquer Stanleyville
  • 1964 US begins bombing North Vietnam

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1966 Martin Luther King Jr. stoned during Chicago march

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1966 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1967 Bobby Gentry releases her only hit "Ode to Billy Joe"
  • 1967 Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) & Radio London close down
  • 1969 Mariner 7 flies past Mars
  • 1969 Pirate Willie Stargell is 1st to hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium
  • 1970 Robert Morley's "How the Other Half Loves" premieres in London
  • 1970 US Black Panther leader Huey Newton let out of jail
  • 1971 The British Parliament debate the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • 1972 Uganda president Idi Amin throws out all 80,000 Asians
  • 1973 Arab terrorists open fire at Athens airport, kills 3 injures 55
  • 1973 USSR launches Mars 6

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1974 US President Richard Nixon admits he withheld information about Watergate break-in

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1979 Government of Mauretania signs peace treaty with Polisario
  • 1979 Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America
  • 1980 Expos Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game as a manager
  • 1981 US President Regan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers
  • 1981 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1982 Stephabue Hix, of Alabama, 18, crowned Miss National Teen-Ager
  • 1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1984 Lou Pinella Day at Yankee Stadium
  • 1984 Toronto's Cliff Johnson hits record 19th career pinch HR
  • 1985 Flexible-wing glider altitude record (214,250') set by Larry Tudor
  • 1986 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 5km woman's record (14:37.33)
  • 1986 Steve Carlton is 2nd to pitch 4,000 strikeout
  • 1986 US Senate votes for SDI-project ("Star Wars")
  • 1986 It's revealed Andrew Wyeth of Chadds Ford, Pa, had, secretly created 240 drawings & paintings of his neighbor Helga Testorf
  • 1988 Mario Biaggi (Rep-D-NY) convicted of racketeering resigns seat
  • 1989 NASA Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle, 1st to do so
  • 1989 General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
  • 1990 Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan inducted into hall of fame

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1992 4 cops in Rodney King beating case indicted on civil rights charge

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 1994 Antonov-12 crashes at Boda, Eastern Siberia, 47 killed
  • 1995 The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated as the day of victory (Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day) in Croatia.
  • 1997 Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive
  • 1997 Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of world trade center bombing goes on trial
  • 1997 Soyuz TM-26 crew of Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov, launched
  • 2003 A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
  • 2011 Svalbard Polar Bear Attack (2011) - a rogue Polar Bear attacks and kills a British schoolboy.
  • 2012 Gunman opens fire on Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin killing six people and committing suicide
  • 2012 19 people are killed by Kurdish rebels in Hakk
  • 2013 160 people are killed by flash floods across Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • 2013 The world's first bovine stem cell lab-grown burger is eaten in London

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2013 Samantha Power becomes the 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power
Journalist and Diplomat
Samantha Power

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2014 Obama signs The Iron Dome Bill providing $225 million in additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome defense

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2015 Torrential rains and flooding leave at least 178 people dead in India, in the wake of Cyclone Komen
  • 2015 Fishing boat carrying around 600 migrants sinks of the coast of Libya, 373 rescued