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What Happened on August 5th This Day in History

Year Name
2015 The Environmental Protection Agency at Gold King Mine waste water spill releases three million gallons of heavy metal toxin tailings and waste water into the Animas River in Colorado.
2012 The Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six victims; the perpetrator committed suicide after being wounded by police.
2010 The Copiapó mining accident occurs, trapping 33 Chilean miners approximately 2,300 ft (700 m) below the ground for 69 days.
2010 Ten members of International Assistance Mission Nuristan Eye Camp team are killed by persons unknown in Kuran wa Munjan District of Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan.
2003 A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
1995 Yugoslav Wars: The city of Knin, Croatia, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated in Croatia as Victory Day.
1989 General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista National Liberation Front winning a majority.
1984 A Biman Bangladesh Airlines Fokker F27 Friendship crashes on approach to Zia International Airport, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing all 49 people on board.
1981 President Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.
1979 In Afghanistan, Maoists undertake the Bala Hissar uprising against the Leninist government.
1974 Vietnam War: The U.S. Congress places a $1 billion limit on military aid to South Vietnam.
1973 Mars 6 is launched from the USSR.
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.
1965 The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 begins as Pakistani soldiers cross the Line of Control dressed as locals.
1964 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.
1963 Cold War: The United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union sign the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
1962 Apartheid: Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990.
1962 American actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead at her home from a drug overdose.
1960 Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.
1957 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.
1949 In Ecuador, an earthquake destroys 50 towns and kills more than 6,000.
1944 World War II: At least 1,104 Japanese POWs in Australia attempt to escape from a camp at Cowra, New South Wales; 545 temporarily succeed but are later either killed, commit suicide, or are recaptured.
1944 World War II: Polish insurgents liberate a German labor camp (GĿsiówka) in Warsaw, freeing 348 Jewish prisoners.
1944 World War II: The Nazis begin a week-long massacre of between 40,000 and 50,000 civilians and prisoners of war in Wola, Poland.
1940 World War II: The Soviet Union formally annexes Latvia.
1926 Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.
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.
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.
1914 World War I: The German minelayer SS Königin Luise lays a minefield about 40 miles (64 km) off the Thames Estuary (Lowestoft). She is intercepted and sunk by the British light-cruiser HMS Amphion.
1914 World War I: The guns of Point Nepean fort at Port Phillip Heads in Victoria (Australia) fire across the bows of the Norddeutscher Lloyd steamer SS Pfalz which is attempting to leave the Port of Melbourne in ignorance of the declaration of war and she is detained; this is said to be the first Allied shot of the War.
1914 In Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light is installed.
1906 Persian Constitutional Revolution: Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, King of Iran, agrees to convert the government to a constitutional monarchy.
1901 Peter O'Connor sets the first IAAF recognised long jump world record of 24 ft 11.75 in (7.6137 m), a record that would stand for 20 years.
1888 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.
1884 The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.
1874 Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in the United Kingdom.
1864 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.
1862 American Civil War: Battle of Baton Rouge: Along the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Confederate troops attempt to take the city, but are driven back by fire from Union gunboats.
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).
1861 The United States Army abolishes flogging.
1860 Charles XV of Sweden of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway in Trondheim.
1858 Cyrus West Field and others complete the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It will operate for less than a month.
1824 Greek War of Independence: Constantine Kanaris leads a Greek fleet to victory against Ottoman and Egyptian naval forces in the Battle of Samos.
1816 The British Admiralty dismisses Francis Ronalds's new invention of the first working electric telegraph as "wholly unnecessary", preferring to continue using the semaphore.
1796 The Battle of Castiglione in Napoleon's first Italian campaigns of the French Revolutionary Wars.
1781 The Battle of Dogger Bank takes place.
1763 Pontiac's War: Battle of Bushy Run: British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac's Indians at Bushy Run.
1735 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.
1716 Austro-Turkish War (1716-1718): One-fifth of a Turkish army and the Grand Vizier are killed in the Battle of Petrovaradin.
1689 Beaver Wars: Fifteen hundred Iroquois attack Lachine in New France.
1620 The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England, carrying would-be settlers, on its first attempt to reach North America; it is forced to dock in Dartmouth when its companion ship, the Speedwell, springs a leak.
1600 The Gowrie Conspiracy against King James VI of Scotland (later to become King James I of England) takes place.
1583 Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
1506 The Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated the Crimean Khanate in the Battle of Kletsk.
1388 The Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England, is fought near Otterburn.
1305 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.
1278 Spanish Reconquista: the forces of the Kingdom of Castile initiate the ultimately futile Siege of Algeciras against the Emirate of Granada.
1100 Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.
1068 Byzantine-Norman wars: Italo-Normans begin a nearly-three-year siege of Bari.
939 The Battle of Alhandic is fought between Ramiro II of León and Abd-ar-Rahman III at Zamora in the context of the Spanish Reconquista. The battle resulted in a victory for the Emirate of Córdoba.
910 The last major Danish army to raid England for nearly a century is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward the Elder and ÿthelred, Lord of the Mercians.
642 Battle of Maserfield: Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Northumbria.
135 Roman armies enter Betar, slaughtering thousands and ending the bar Kokhba revolt.
25 Guangwu claims the throne as Chinese emperor, restoring the Han dynasty after the collapse of the short-lived Xin dynasty.
Famous People Born on August 5

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Year Name
1860 Louis Wain, English artist (d. 1939)
1950 Mahendra Karma, Indian lawyer and politician (d. 2013)
1985 Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer
1908 Jose Garcia Villa, Filipino short story writer and poet (d. 1997)
1749 Thomas Lynch Jr., American commander and politician (d. 1779)
1962 Patrick Ewing, Jamaican-American basketball player and coach
1969 Robert Scott, Australian rower
1926 Jeri Southern, American jazz singer and pianist (d. 1991)
1946 Rick van der Linden, Dutch keyboard player and songwriter (d. 2006)
1880 Ruth Sawyer, American author and educator (d. 1970)
Famous People Deaths On August 5

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Date Name
1980 Harold L. Runnels, American soldier and politician (b. 1924)
553 Xiao Ji, prince of the Liang dynasty (b. 508)
2012 Roland Charles Wagner, French author and translator (b. 1960)
1778 Charles Clémencet, French historian and author (b. 1703)
1792 Frederick North, Lord North, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1732)
2015 Arthur Walter James, English journalist and politician (b. 1912)
2008 Reg Lindsay, Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1929)
882 Louis III, Frankish king (b. 863)
1985 Arnold Horween, American football player and coach (b. 1898)
1600 John Ruthven, 3rd Earl of Gowrie, Scottish conspirator (b. 1577)