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.
  • 1583 Humphrey Gilbert claims Newfoundland for the British crown, the first English colony in North America and the beginning of the British Empire
  • 1716 Battle of Petrovaradin [Peterwardein]: Habsburgs under Eugene of Savoy defeat the Turks in a decisive victory
  • 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay, won by the Union Army led by Rear Admiral David Farragut with the cry "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" (US Civil War)
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Aug 5 in Film & TV

  • 1957 "American Bandstand" premieres on network TV (ABC)

Aug 5 in Music

  • 1966 The Beatles release single "Yellow Submarine" with "Eleanor Rigby" in the UK

Aug 5 in Sport

  • 1936 American athlete Jesse Owens wins 200m in world record time (20.7s), his 3rd gold medal of the Berlin Olympics

Did You Know?

1st electric traffic light installed in the USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio

On August 5, 1914

Would You Believe?

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

On August 5, 1926

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

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

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