On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 2018

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 6.9 magnitude earthquake on island of Lombok, Indonesia, kills at least 460 people and displaces 350,000
  • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declares "now we are a land of droughts" as 99% of New South Wales affected
  • British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lyham & St. Annes: England's Georgia Hall wins her first major title by 2 shots from Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand
  • English swimmer Adam Peaty breaks his own world record in 57.00 as he wins his 9th European 100m breaststroke title in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Vintage Junkers Ju-52 plane crashes near Flims, Switzerland, killing all 20 on board

Famous Deaths

  • Charlotte Rae, American character actress, comedian, singer and dancer (Edna-Facts of Life), dies at 92