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

  • 1583
    Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 1600
    The Gowrie Conspiracy against King James VI of Scotland (later to become King James I of England) takes place.
  • 1689
    1,500 Iroquois attack the village of Lachine in New France.
  • 1716
    The Battle of Petrovaradin takes place.
  • 1772
    The First Partition of Poland begins.
  • 1781
    The Battle of Dogger Bank takes place.
  • 1824
    Greek War of Independence: Constantine Kanaris leads a Greek fleet to victory against Ottoman and Egyptian ships in the Battle of Samos.
  • 1858
    Cyrus West Field and others complete the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It will operate for less than a month.
  • 1874
    Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    World War I: the German minelayer Königin Luise lays a minefield about 40 mi of the Thames Estuary (Lowestoft). She is intercepted and sunk by the British light-cruiser HMS Amphion.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    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.
  • 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.
  • 1960
    Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.
  • 1965
    The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 begins as Pakistani soldiers cross the Line of Control dressed as locals.
  • 1979
    In Afghanistan, Maoists undertake an attempted military uprising.
  • 1981
    Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.
  • 1989
    General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
  • 2003
    A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.

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