On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1583

Historical Events

  • Humphrey Gilbert claims Newfoundland for the British crown - first English colony in North America and the beginning of the British Empire
1583 Highlights

About August 5, 1583

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 437 years, 7 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Leo