On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1864

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, Basque priest, composer and first head of the Euskaltzaindia, born in Lekeitio, Spain (d. 1951)

Famous Deaths

  • Griffin A Stedman, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies in battle at 26
1864 Highlights

About August 5, 1864

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 156 years and 4 months
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Leo