What Happened on August 5

Significant 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 - 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 Farragut with the cry "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" (US Civil War)
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Did You Know?

President Lincoln signs the first US personal Income Tax into law (3% of incomes over $800)

On August 5, 1861

Would You Believe?

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

On August 5, 1926

Famous Weddings

  • 1764 Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II (17) weds queen Maria Luisa of Spain (18) in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1885 Author Arthur Conan Doyle (26) weds Louisa Hawkins
  • 1956 Actress-singer Shirley Jones (22) weds film and stage actor Jack Cassidy (29)
  • 1964 Film director Mel Brooks (38) weds actress Anne Bancroft (32) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau
  • 1971 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (22) weds actor Helmuth Sommer

Famous Divorces

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