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5th of August 0642 EVENT Battle of Maserfield : Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Northumbria.
5th of August 0910 EVENT 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.
5th of August 1100 EVENT Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.
5th of August 1305 EVENT William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London where he is put on trial and executed.
5th of August 1388 EVENT The Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England, is fought near Otterburn.
5th of August 1583 EVENT Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St John's, Newfoundland.
5th of August 1600 EVENT The Gowrie Conspiracy against King James VI of Scotland (later to become King James I of England) takes place.
5th of August 1620 EVENT The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America.
5th of August 1689 EVENT 1,500 Iroquois attack the village of Lachine in New France.
5th of August 1716 EVENT The Battle of Petrovaradin takes place.
5th of August 1735 EVENT Freedom 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 had published was true.
5th of August 1763 EVENT Pontiac's War: Battle of Bushy Run : British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac's Indians at Bushy Run.
5th of August 1772 EVENT The First Partition of Poland begins.
5th of August 1781 EVENT The Battle of Dogger Bank takes place.
5th of August 1858 EVENT Cyrus West Field and others complete the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It will operate for less than a month.
5th of August 1860 EVENT Charles XV of Sweden of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway in Trondheim.
5th of August 1861 EVENT 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States government levies the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US $800; rescinded in 1872).
5th of August 1861 EVENT The United States Army abolishes flogging.
5th of August 1862 EVENT American Civil War: Battle of Baton Rouge : along the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Confederate troops drive Union forces back into the city.
5th of August 1864 EVENT American Civil War: the Battle of Mobile Bay begins : at Mobile Bay near Mobile, Alabama, Admiral David Farragut leads a Union flotilla through Confederate defenses and seals one of the last major Southern ports.
5th of August 1870 EVENT Franco-Prussian War: the Battle of Spicheren is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
5th of August 1874 EVENT Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in the United Kingdom.
5th of August 1882 EVENT The Standard Oil of New Jersey is established.
5th of August 1884 EVENT The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.
5th of August 1888 EVENT Bertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long distance automobile trip, commemorated as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route since 2008.
5th of August 1901 EVENT Peter O'Connor sets the first IAAF recognised long jump world record of 24 ft 11 3/4 ins. The record will stand for 20 years.
5th of August 1914 EVENT World War I: the German minelayer Konigin Luise lays a minefield about 40 miles of the Thames Estuary (Lowestoft). She is intercepted and sunk by the British light-cruiser HMS Amphion.
5th of August 1914 EVENT In Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light is installed.
5th of August 1925 EVENT Plaid Cymru is formed with the aim of disseminating knowledge of the Welsh language that is at the time in danger of dying out.
5th of August 1940 EVENT World War II: the Soviet Union formally annexes Latvia.
5th of August 1944 EVENT World War II: possibly the biggest prison breakout in history occurs as 545 Japanese POWs attempt to escape outside the town of Cowra, New South Wales, Australia.
5th of August 1944 EVENT Holocaust: Polish insurgents liberate a German labor camp in Warsaw, freeing 348 Jewish prisoners.
5th of August 1949 EVENT In Ecuador an earthquake destroys 50 towns and kills more than 6,000.
5th of August 1949 EVENT The Mann Gulch fire kills 13 firefighters in Montana.
5th of August 1957 EVENT American 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.
5th of August 1960 EVENT Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.
5th of August 1962 EVENT Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990.
5th of August 1963 EVENT The United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union sign a nuclear test ban treaty.
5th of August 1964 EVENT Vietnam War: Operation Pierce Arrow : American aircraft from carriers USS Ticonderoga and USS Constellation bomb North Vietnam in retaliation for strikes against U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.
5th of August 1969 EVENT Mariner program: Mariner 7 makes its closest fly-by of Mars (3,524 kilometers).
5th of August 1974 EVENT Vietnam War: the U.S. Congress places a $1 billion dollar limit on military aid to South Vietnam.
5th of August 1979 EVENT In Afghanistan, Maoists undertake an attempted military uprising.
5th of August 1981 EVENT Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.
5th of August 1989 EVENT General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
5th of August 1995 EVENT The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated in Croatia as Victory Day.
5th of August 2003 EVENT A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
5th of August 2010 EVENT 2010 Copiapo mining accident occurs, trapping 33 Chilean miners approximately 2,300 ft below the ground.
5th of August 1301 BIRTHDAY Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent, English politician (d. 1330)
5th of August 1461 BIRTHDAY King Alexander Jagiellon of Poland (d. 1506)
5th of August 1623 BIRTHDAY Antonio Cesti, Italian composer (d. 1669)
5th of August 1641 BIRTHDAY John Hathorne, American magistrate (d. 1717)
5th of August 1662 BIRTHDAY James Anderson, Scottish historian (d. 1728)
5th of August 1694 BIRTHDAY Leonardo Leo, Italian composer (d. 1744)
5th of August 1802 BIRTHDAY Niels Henrik Abel, Norwegian mathematician (d. 1829)
5th of August 1811 BIRTHDAY Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (d. 1896)
5th of August 1813 BIRTHDAY Ivar Aasen, Norwegian poet and linguist (d. 1896)
5th of August 1815 BIRTHDAY Edward John Eyre, English explorer (d. 1901)
5th of August 1827 BIRTHDAY Deodoro da Fonseca, Brazilian statesman (d. 1892)
5th of August 1828 BIRTHDAY Queen Louise of the Netherlands, Dutch consort of Charles XV of Sweden (d. 1871)
5th of August 1833 BIRTHDAY Queen Carola of Vasa, Austrian consort of Albert of Saxony (d. 1907)
5th of August 1850 BIRTHDAY Guy de Maupassant, French writer (d. 1893)
5th of August 1862 BIRTHDAY Joseph Merrick, English sideshow performer (d. 1890)
5th of August 1866 BIRTHDAY Harry Trott, Australian cricketer (d. 1917)
5th of August 1866 BIRTHDAY Carl Harries, German chemist (d. 1923)
5th of August 1872 BIRTHDAY Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (d. 1917)
5th of August 1877 BIRTHDAY Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (d. 1917)
5th of August 1887 BIRTHDAY Reginald Owen, English actor (d. 1972)
5th of August 1888 BIRTHDAY Victor Francen, Belgian-born French actor (d. 1977)
5th of August 1889 BIRTHDAY Conrad Aiken, American writer (d. 1973)
5th of August 1890 BIRTHDAY Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor (d. 1956)
5th of August 1890 BIRTHDAY Naum Gabo, Russian sculptor (d. 1977)
5th of August 1897 BIRTHDAY Aksel Larsen, Danish politician (d. 1972)
5th of August 1901 BIRTHDAY Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (d. 2000)
5th of August 1906 BIRTHDAY Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel laureate (d. 1999)
5th of August 1906 BIRTHDAY Joan Hickson, English actress (d. 1998)
5th of August 1906 BIRTHDAY John Huston, American director (d. 1987)
5th of August 1908 BIRTHDAY Harold Holt, 17th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)
5th of August 1910 BIRTHDAY Bruno Coquatrix, French songwriter and music impresario (d. 1979)
5th of August 1911 BIRTHDAY Robert Taylor, American actor (d. 1969)
5th of August 1912 BIRTHDAY Abbe Pierre, French Catholic priest (d. 2007)
5th of August 1914 BIRTHDAY David Brian, American actor (d. 1993)
5th of August 1918 BIRTHDAY Betty Oliphant, Canadian ballerina (d. 2004)
5th of August 1918 BIRTHDAY Tom Drake, American actor (d. 1982)
5th of August 1922 BIRTHDAY L. Tom Perry, American religious figure
5th of August 1923 BIRTHDAY Devan Nair, Singaporean statesman (d. 2005)
5th of August 1930 BIRTHDAY Neil Armstrong, American astronaut
5th of August 1930 BIRTHDAY Michal Kovac, Slovakian politician
5th of August 1934 BIRTHDAY Wendell Berry, American poet, writer and farmer
5th of August 1934 BIRTHDAY Karl Johan Astrom, Control engineer and theorist
5th of August 1935 BIRTHDAY John Saxon, American actor
5th of August 1937 BIRTHDAY Brian G. Marsden, British astronomer (d. 2010)
5th of August 1937 BIRTHDAY Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (d. 2003)
5th of August 1939 BIRTHDAY Princess Irene of the Netherlands
5th of August 1941 BIRTHDAY Bob Clark, American film director (d. 2007)
5th of August 1943 BIRTHDAY Nelson Briles, American baseball player (d. 2005)
5th of August 1943 BIRTHDAY Sammi Smith, American country singer and songwriter (d. 2005)
5th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Bruce Coslet, American football player and coach
5th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Loni Anderson, American actress
5th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Erika Slezak, American actress
5th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Ron Silliman, American poet
5th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Angry Anderson, Australian entertainer (Rose Tattoo)
5th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Bernie Carbo, American baseball player
5th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Rick Derringer, American guitarist and vocalist
5th of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Carole Laure, French-Canadian actress
5th of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Ray Clemence, English footballer
5th of August 1951 BIRTHDAY John Jarratt, Australian actor
5th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Louis Walsh, Irish music manager
5th of August 1953 BIRTHDAY Rick Mahler, American baseball player (d. 2005)
5th of August 1953 BIRTHDAY Samantha Sang, Australian singer
5th of August 1956 BIRTHDAY Jerry Ciccoritti, Canadian film director
5th of August 1956 BIRTHDAY Maureen McCormick, American actress
5th of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Faith Prince, American actress
5th of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Clayton Rohner, American actor
5th of August 1959 BIRTHDAY Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive)
5th of August 1959 BIRTHDAY Pat Smear, American guitarist (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
5th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Seth Swirsky, American songwriter
5th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Tawny Kitaen, American actress
5th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Mark O'Connor, American violinist
5th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Athula Samarasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer
5th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Patrick Ewing, Jamacian-born American basketball player
5th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Richard de Groen, New Zealand cricketer
5th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Otis Thorpe, American basketball player
5th of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Adam Yauch, American rapper (Beastie Boys)
5th of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Motoi Sakuraba, Japanese composer
5th of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Scott William Winters, American actor
5th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Jonathan Silverman, American actor
5th of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Matthew Caws, American singer (Nada Surf)
5th of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Thomas Lang, Austrian drummer
5th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Terri Clark, Canadian country singer
5th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Tokimitsu Ishizawa, Japanese professional wrestler
5th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Marine Le Pen, French politician
5th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Funkmaster Flex, American hip hop DJ
5th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Oleg Luzhny, Ukrainian footballer
5th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Colin McRae, Scottish rally driver (d. 2007)
5th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY John Olerud, American baseball player
5th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Vasbert Drakes, Barbadian cricketer
5th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Venkatesh Prasad, Indian cricketer
5th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Paola Volpato, Chilean actress
5th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY James Gunn, American filmmaker
5th of August 1971 BIRTHDAY "Evil" Jared Hasselhoff, American bassist (The Bloodhound Gang)
5th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Christian Olde Wolbers, Belgian guitarist and bassist (Fear Factory)
5th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Ikuto Hidaka, Japanese professional wrestler
5th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Aaqib Javed, Pakistani cricketer
5th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Theodore Whitmore, Jamaican footballer
5th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Sean Sherk, American mixed martial artist
5th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Sanwar Hossain, Bangladeshi cricketer
5th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Alvin Ceccoli, Australian soccer player
5th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Manuel Greil, German footballer
5th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Antoine Sibierski, French footballer
5th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Ami Foster, American actress
5th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Antony Cotton, English actor
5th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Kajol Mukherjee, Indian actress
5th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Iddo Goldberg, Israeli-born British actor
5th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Eicca Toppinen, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
5th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Haim Goldenberg, Israeli-born Canadian mentalist (GoldMind)
5th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Jeff Friesen, Canadian ice hockey player
5th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Kwon Sang-woo, South Korean actor
5th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Marian Pahars, Latvian footballer
5th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Eric Hinske, American baseball player
5th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Michael Walsh, English footballer
5th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Mark Mulder, American baseball player
5th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter
5th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Nektaria Karantzi, Greek singer
5th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY David Healy, Northern Irish footballer
5th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Kaylani Lei, Singaporean-born American pornographic actress
5th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Wayne Bridge, English footballer
5th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Sophie Winkleman, English actress
5th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Ali Umar, Maldivian footballer
5th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Jason Culina, Australian soccer player
5th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Vatsal Seth, Indian actor
5th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY David Clarke, British ice hockey player
5th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Carl Crawford, American baseball player
5th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Rachel Scott, American murder victim (d. 1999)
5th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Cory Williams, American internet celebrity
5th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Erik Guay, Canadian alpine skier
5th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Ko Shibasaki, Japanese singer
5th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Alester Maregwede, Zimbabwean cricketer
5th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Genelia D'Souza, Indian actress
5th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Jamie Houston, English-born German rugby player
5th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Pete Sell, American mixed martial artist
5th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Ryu Seung Min, Korean table tennis player
5th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY LoLo Jones, American track and field athlete
5th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Tobias Regner, German singer
5th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Dawn Richard, American singer (Danity Kane, Dirty Money)
5th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Korey Hall, American football player
5th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Megan Joy Corkrey, American singer
5th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer
5th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer
5th of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Cassie Davis, Australian singer
5th of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Paula Creamer, American golfer
5th of August 1987 BIRTHDAY Lexi Belle, American pornographic actress
5th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer
5th of August 1993 BIRTHDAY Suzuka Ohgo, Japanese actress
5th of August 2000 BIRTHDAY Maya Bond, Japanese-born American singer-songwriter and drummer
5th of August 0882 DEATH King Louis III of France (Born 863)
5th of August 1063 DEATH Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd (Born 1007)
5th of August 1364 DEATH Emperor Kogon of Japan (Born 1313)
5th of August 1572 DEATH Isaac Luria, Palestinian Kabbalist (Born 1534)
5th of August 1579 DEATH Stanislaus Hosius, Polish Catholic cardinal (Born 1504)
5th of August 1610 DEATH Alonso Garcia de Ramon, Spanish soldier and twice Royal Governor of Chile (Born 1552)
5th of August 1633 DEATH George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury (Born 1562)
5th of August 1678 DEATH Juan Garcia de Zespedes, Mexican viol player, tenor and composer (Born 1619)
5th of August 1743 DEATH John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey, English statesman and writer (Born 1696)
5th of August 1778 DEATH Charles Clemencet, French historian (Born 1703)
5th of August 1792 DEATH Frederick North, Lord North, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Born 1732)
5th of August 1799 DEATH Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe, Royal Navy admiral of the fleet (Born 1726)
5th of August 1868 DEATH Jacques Boucher de Crevecoeur de Perthes, French archaeologist (Born 1788)
5th of August 1877 DEATH Gustavus, Crown Prince of Sweden (Born 1799)
5th of August 1880 DEATH Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, Austrian physician (Born 1816)
5th of August 1895 DEATH Friedrich Engels, German philosopher (Born 1820)
5th of August 1901 DEATH Victoria, Princess Royal of Great Britain and German Empress (Born 1840)
5th of August 1911 DEATH Bob Caruthers, American baseball player (Born 1864)
5th of August 1923 DEATH Vatroslav Jagic, Croatian Slavist (Born 1835)
5th of August 1925 DEATH Jennie Lee, American actress (Born 1848)
5th of August 1929 DEATH Millicent Fawcett, British suffragist (Born 1847)
5th of August 1944 DEATH Maurice Turnbull, English cricketer (Born 1906)
5th of August 1946 DEATH Wilhelm Marx, Chancellor of Germany (Born 1863)
5th of August 1952 DEATH Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (Born 1917)
5th of August 1955 DEATH Carmen Miranda, Portuguese actress and singer (Born 1909)
5th of August 1957 DEATH Heinrich Otto Wieland, German chemist, Nobel Laureate (Born 1877)
5th of August 1959 DEATH Edgar Guest, English poet (Born 1881)
5th of August 1960 DEATH Arthur Meighen, 9th Prime Minister of Canada (Born 1874)
5th of August 1962 DEATH Marilyn Monroe, American actress (Born 1926)
5th of August 1963 DEATH Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer (Born 1898)
5th of August 1964 DEATH Art Ross, Canadian hockey player and executive (Born 1886)
5th of August 1968 DEATH Luther Perkins American guitarist (Born 1928)
5th of August 1972 DEATH Harry Hylton-Foster, Speaker of the British House of Commons (Born 1905)
5th of August 1978 DEATH Jesse Haines, American baseball player (Born 1893)
5th of August 1980 DEATH Harold L. Runnels, American politician (Born 1924)
5th of August 1983 DEATH Judy Canova, American actress (Born 1913)
5th of August 1984 DEATH Richard Burton, Welsh actor (Born 1925)
5th of August 1987 DEATH Georg Gassmann, German politician (Born 1910)
5th of August 1991 DEATH Soichiro Honda, Japanese automotive executive (Born 1906)
5th of August 1991 DEATH Paul Brown, American football coach (Born 1908)
5th of August 1992 DEATH Jeff Porcaro, American drummer (Toto) (Born 1954)
5th of August 1994 DEATH Menachem Avidom, Israeli composer (Born 1908)
5th of August 1994 DEATH Alain de Changy, Belgian racing driver (Born 1922)
5th of August 1998 DEATH Otto Kretschmer, German U-boat commander (Born 1912)
5th of August 1998 DEATH Todor Zhivkov, Bulgarian dictator (Born 1911)
5th of August 2000 DEATH Sir Alec Guinness, British actor (Born 1914)
5th of August 2000 DEATH Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian-born Brazilian writer and ecological activist (Born 1920)
5th of August 2000 DEATH Tullio Crali, Italian artist associated with Futurism (Born 1910)
5th of August 2001 DEATH Otema Allimadi, Prime Minister of Uganda (Born 1929)
5th of August 2002 DEATH Josh Ryan Evans, American actor (Born 1982)
5th of August 2002 DEATH Chick Hearn, American basketball announcer (Born 1916)
5th of August 2002 DEATH Franco Lucentini, Italian writer (Born 1920)
5th of August 2002 DEATH Matt Robinson, American actor (Born 1937)
5th of August 2005 DEATH Polina Astakhova, Russian gymnast (Born 1936)
5th of August 2005 DEATH Jim O'Hora, American football coach (Born 1915)
5th of August 2005 DEATH Raul Roco, Philippine senator (Born 1941)
5th of August 2006 DEATH Susan Butcher, American sled dog champion (Born 1954)
5th of August 2007 DEATH Jean-Marie Lustiger, French Catholic Cardinal (Born 1926)
5th of August 2007 DEATH Florian Pittis, Romanian actor, singer and producer (Born 1943)
5th of August 2008 DEATH Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer-songwriter (Born 1929)
5th of August 2008 DEATH Neil Bartlett, English chemist, produced xenon hexafluoroplatinate (Born Sept. 15, 1932)
5th of August 2009 DEATH Budd Schulberg, American screenwriter and novelist (Born 1914)

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