On This Day

On This Day in History for August 5 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1979 Government of Mauretania signs peace treaty with Polisario
  • 1979 Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America
  • 1981 US President Regan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers
  • 1981 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1982 Stephabue Hix, of Alabama, 18, crowned Miss National Teen-Ager
  • 1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1985 Establishment of a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is announced
  • 1985 Flexible-wing glider altitude record (214,250') set by Larry Tudor
  • 1986 US Senate votes for SDI-project ("Star Wars")
  • 1986 It's revealed Andrew Wyeth of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, had secretly created 240 drawings and paintings of his neighbor Helga Testorf
  • 1988 Mario Biaggi (Rep-D-NY) convicted of racketeering resigns seat
  • 1989 NASA Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle, 1st to do so
  • 1989 General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.

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1992 4 officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, acquttied on charges of beating Rodney King, are indicted on civil rights charges

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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
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  • 1993 Republican Guard kills 64 civilians at Gninguilimin marketplace, in Chad
  • 1994 Antonov-12 crashes at Boda, Eastern Siberia, 47 killed

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1995 The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated as the day of victory (Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day) in Croatia.

President of Croatia Franjo Tuđman
President of Croatia
Franjo Tuđman
  • 1997 Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive
  • 1997 Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of world trade center bombing goes on trial
  • 1997 Soyuz TM-26 crew of Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov, launched
  • 2003 A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
  • 2011 Svalbard Polar Bear Attack - a rogue Polar Bear attacks and kills a British schoolboy
  • 2011 NASA launches its Juno space probe from Cape Canaveral to orbit and study Jupiter
  • 2012 Gunman opens fire on Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin killing six people and committing suicide
  • 2012 19 people are killed by Kurdish rebels in Hakk
  • 2013 160 people are killed by flash floods across Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • 2013 The world's first bovine stem cell lab-grown burger is eaten in London

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2013 Samantha Power becomes the 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power
Journalist and Diplomat
Samantha Power

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2014 Obama signs The Iron Dome Bill providing $225 million in additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome defense

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 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
  • 2017 UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions on North Korea for its continued missile program

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

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Turnbull
  • 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

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

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi

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