About August 5

August 5, 2021 is the 217th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 148 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Leo is the sun 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 180 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 5

  • 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.
  • 1071
    Byzantine–Norman wars: Italo-Normans begin a nearly-three-year siege of Bari.
  • 1600
    The Gowrie Conspiracy against King James VI of Scotland (later to become King James I of England) takes place.
  • 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.
  • 1763
    Pontiac’s War: Battle of Bushy Run – British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac’s Indians at Bushy Run.
  • 1772
    The First Partition of Poland begins.
  • 1860
    Charles XV of Sweden of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway in Trondheim.
  • 1861
    The United States Army abolishes flogging.
  • 1874
    Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in the United Kingdom.
  • 1901
    Peter O'Connor sets the first IAAF recognised long jump world record of 24 ft The record will stand for 20 years.
  • 1914
    In Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light is installed.
  • 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.
  • 1949
    The Mann Gulch fire kills 13 firefighters in Montana.
  • 1960
    Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.
  • 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.
  • 1969
    Mariner program: Mariner 7 makes its closest fly-by of Mars (3,524 kilometers).
  • 1974
    Vietnam War: the U.S. Congress places a $1 billion dollar limit on military aid to South Vietnam.
  • 2003
    A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
  • 2010
    2010 Copiapó mining accident occurs, trapping 33 Chilean miners approximately 2,300 ft below the ground.

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