On This Day

Historical Events on August 5 (Part 2)

  • 2015 Torrential rains and flooding leave at least 178 people dead in India, in the wake of Cyclone Komen
  • 2015 Fishing boat carrying around 600 migrants sinks of the coast of Libya, 373 rescued
  • 2016 XXXI Summer Olympic Games officially open in MaracanĂ£ Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sports History

2017 Jamaican sprint super-star Usain Bolt finishes 3rd behind Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman in his final individual race, the 100m at IAAF World Championships in London

  • 2017 UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions on North Korea for its continued missile program
  • 2017 Super Rugby Final, Ellis Park: Canterbury Crusaders (NZ) travel to Johannesburg and beat Lions, 25-17 for their 8th SR title
  • 2018 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
  • 2018 English swimmer Adam Peaty breaks his own world record in 57.00 as he wins his 9th European 100m breaststroke title in Glasgow, Scotland

Historic Event

2018 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declares "now we are a land of droughts" as 99% of New South Wales affected

  • 2018 Vintage Junkers Ju-52 plane crashes near Flims, Switzerland, killing all 20 on board
  • 2018 6.9 magnitude earthquake on island of Lombok, Indonesia, kills at least 460 people and displaces 350,000
  • 2019 Indian government announces it is changing the status of Indian-controlled Kashmir from a state to a union territory, revoking Article 370 in response to security concerns
  • 2019 July 2019 confirmed as world's hottest-ever month recorded according to Europe's Copernicus Programme
  • 2019 Widespread strike in Hong Kong and demonstrations against Chinese policy towards the territory bring huge disruption, including cancelling 200 flights
  • 2019 Australian woman Kerry Robertson confirmed as the first person to use a new assisted dying law to end her life a month earlier in Victoria
  • 2019 Brazilian drug dealer Clauvino da Silva tries and fails to escape Rio de Janeiro jail by dressing up as his teenage daughter in silicone mask and wig

Historic Event

2020 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the cornerstone for a new Hindu temple at Ayodhya Ram to replace a previous Muslim mosque

Music History

2021 Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (80) announces he will be unable to accompany the band on its 2021 U.S. tour, based on medical advice; American Steve Jordan tapped to fill in

Sports History

2021 FC Barcelona confirms record breaking Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi will leave the club because of Spanish La Liga regulations on player payments

  • 2021 New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington wins her third Olympic gold medal of the Tokyo Games by winning K-1 500m; 5th career gold for Carrington