What happened this day in history August 5

What are the important events that happened on August 5? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 5: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 5 is the 217th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 148 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 23, 2022 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,659,657,600 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectadecaheptagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 170 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,514 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 5 Historical Events

  • 910
    The last major Danish army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward the Elder and Earl Aethelred of Mercia.
  • 1583
    Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: in order to help pay for the war effort, the United States government levies the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US $800; rescinded in 1872).
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Baton Rouge – along the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Confederate troops drive Union forces back into the city.
  • 1906
    Persian Constitutional Revolution: Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, King of Iran, agrees to convert the government to a constitutional monarchy.
  • 1916
    World War I: Battle of Romani – Allied forces, under the command of Archibald Murray, defeat an attacking Ottoman army under the command of Friedrich Freiherr Kress von Kressenstein, securing the Suez Canal and beginning the Ottoman retreat from the Sinai Peninsula.
  • 1925
    Plaid Cymru is formed with the aim of disseminating knowledge of the Welsh language that is at the time in danger of dying out.
  • 1971
    The first Pacific Islands Forum (then known as the “South Pacific Forum”) is held in Wellington, New Zealand, with the aim of enhancing cooperation between the independent countries of the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1981
    Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.
  • 2003
    A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.

Who were born on August 5?

  • 1877
    Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (d. 1917)
  • 1932
    Tera de Marez Oyens, Dutch composer (d. 1996)
  • 1934
    Wendell Berry, American poet, writer and farmer
  • 1969
    Robert Scott, Australian rower
  • 1977
    Mark Mulder, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Nektaria Karantzi, Greek singer
  • 1979
    David Healy, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1980
    Salvador Cabañas, Paraguayan footballer
  • 1982
    LoLo Jones, American track and field athlete
  • 1988
    Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer

Who died on August 5?

  • 882
    King Louis III of France (b. 863)
  • 1778
    Charles Clémencet, French historian (b. 1703)
  • 1868
    Jacques Boucher de Crèvecœur de Perthes, French archaeologist (b. 1788)
  • 1895
    Friedrich Engels, German philosopher (b. 1820)
  • 1911
    Bob Caruthers, American baseball player (b. 1864)
  • 1967
    György Bródy, Hungarian water polo player (b. 1908)
  • 1998
    Todor Zhivkov, Bulgarian dictator (b. 1911)
  • 2001
    Christopher Skase, Australian fugitive businessman (b. 1948)
  • 2002
    Matt Robinson, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2008
    Neil Bartlett, English chemist, produced xenon hexafluoroplatinate (b. 1932)

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