August 5th Events

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August 5th, 2003 (August 05 2003)EventA car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
August 5th, 1995 (August 05 1995)EventThe 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.
August 5th, 1989 (August 05 1989)EventGeneral elections are held in Nicaragua, Sandinista Front wins the majority.
August 5th, 1981 (August 05 1981)EventRonald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.Ronald Reagan Quotes
August 5th, 1979 (August 05 1979)EventIn Afghanistan, Maoists undertake an attempted military uprising.
August 5th, 1974 (August 05 1974)EventVietnam War: The U.S. Congress places a $1 billion dollar limit on military aid to South Vietnam.
August 5th, 1969 (August 05 1969)EventMariner program: Mariner 7 makes its closest fly-by of Mars (3,524 kilometers).
August 5th, 1964 (August 05 1964)EventVietnam War: Operation Pierce ArrowAmerican aircraft from carriers USS Ticonderoga and USS Constellation bomb North Vietnam in retaliation for strikes attacked U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.
August 5th, 1963 (August 05 1963)EventUnited States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union sign a nuclear test ban treaty.
August 5th, 1962 (August 05 1962)EventNelson Mandela is jailedied in He would not be released until 1990.Nelson Mandela Quotes
August 5th, 1960 (August 05 1960)EventBurkina Faso, then known as "Upper Volta", becomes independent from France.
August 5th, 1957 (August 05 1957)EventAmerican Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage "baby-boomers" by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuts on the ABC television network.
August 5th, 1949 (August 05 1949)EventIn Ecuador an earthquake destroys 50 towns and kills more than 6000.
August 5th, 1944 (August 05 1944)EventWorld War II: Possibly the biggest prison breakout in history occurs as 545 Japanese POWs attempt to escape outside the town of Cowra, NSW, Australia.
August 5th, 1944 (August 05 1944)EventHolocaust: Polish insurgents liberate a German labor camp in Warsaw, freeing 348 Jewish prisoners.
August 5th, 1943 (August 05 1943)EventWorld War II: During the Battle of Troina, at around 11 A.M, Mount Etna erupted sending much ash and lava miles into the sky.
August 5th, 1940 (August 05 1940)EventWorld War II : Latvia is annexed by the Soviet Union.
August 5th, 1925 (August 05 1925)EventPlaid Cymru is formed with the aim of disseminating knowledge of the Welsh language, which is in danger of dying out.
August 5th, 1914 (August 05 1914)EventIn Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light is installed.
August 5th, 1912 (August 05 1912)EventJapan s first taxicab service begins in Ginza, Tokyo.
August 5th, 1901 (August 05 1901)EventPeter O Connor sets the first IAAF recognised long jump world record of 24ft 11?ins. The record will stand for 20 years.
August 5th, 1888 (August 05 1888)EventBertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim in the first long distance automobile trip.
August 5th, 1884 (August 05 1884)EventThe cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe s Island in New York Harbor.
August 5th, 1882 (August 05 1882)EventStandard Oil of New Jersey is established.
August 5th, 1882 (August 05 1882)EventMartial law is enacted in Japan. Martial Quotes
August 5th, 1874 (August 05 1874)EventJapan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in England.
August 5th, 1870 (August 05 1870)EventFranco-Prussian War: The Battle of Spicheren is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
August 5th, 1864 (August 05 1864)EventAmerican Civil War: Battle of Mobile Bay beginsAt Mobile Bay near Mobile, Alabama, Admiral David Farragut leads a Union flotilla through Confederate defenses and seals one of the last major Southern ports.
August 5th, 1862 (August 05 1862)EventAmerican Civil War: Battle of Baton RougeAlong the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Confederate troops drive Union forces back into the city.
August 5th, 1861 (August 05 1861)EventAmerican Civil War: In order to help pay for the war effort, the United States government issues the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US $800; rescinded in 1872).
August 5th, 1861 (August 05 1861)EventThe United States Army abolished flogging.
August 5th, 1860 (August 05 1860)EventCarl IV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway, in Trondheim.
August 5th, 1858 (August 05 1858)EventCyrus West Field and others complete the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It operated for less than a month.
August 5th, 1812 (August 05 1812)EventWar of 1812: Tecumseh s Indian force ambushes Thomas Van Horne s 200 Americans at Brownstone Creek, causing them to flee and retreat. Tecumseh Quotes
August 5th, 1772 (August 05 1772)EventThe First Partition of Poland begins.
August 5th, 1763 (August 05 1763)EventPontiac s War: Battle of Bushy RunBritish forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac s Indians at Bushy Run.
August 5th, 1735 (August 05 1735)EventFreedom of the press: New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger is acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that what he published was true.
August 5th, 1716 (August 05 1716)EventBattle of Petrovaradin
August 5th, 1689 (August 05 1689)Event1,500 Iroquois attack village of Lachine, in New France.
August 5th, 1620 (August 05 1620)EventThe Mayflower departs Southampton, England.
August 5th, 1583 (August 05 1583)EventSir Humphrey Gilbert establishes first English colony in North America, at what is now St John s, Newfoundland.
August 5th, 1388 (August 05 1388)EventBattle of Otterburn, border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England.
August 5th, 1305 (August 05 1305)EventWilliam Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.
August 5th, 1100 (August 05 1100)EventHenry I crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.Henry Abbey Quotes
August 5th, 0910 (August 05 0910)EventThe 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.
August 5th, 0642 (August 05 0642)EventBattle of MaserfeldPenda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Bernicia.

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