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.
  • 1100
    Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.
  • 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.
  • 1388
    The Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England, is fought near Otterburn.
  • 1583
    Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 1716
    The Battle of Petrovaradin 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.
  • 1882
    The Standard Oil of New Jersey is established.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    World War II: the Soviet Union formally annexes Latvia.
  • 1944
    World War II: Polish insurgents liberate a German labor camp in Warsaw, freeing 348 Jewish prisoners.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Nazis begin a three-day massacre of anywhere between 40,000 and 100,000 civilians and prisoners of war in Wola, Poland.
  • 1949
    The Mann Gulch fire kills 13 firefighters in Montana.
  • 1960
    Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.
  • 1962
    Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990.
  • 1965
    The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 begins as Pakistani soldiers cross the Line of Control dressed as locals.
  • 1969
    Mariner program: Mariner 7 makes its closest fly-by of Mars (3,524 kilometers).
  • 1995
    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.
  • 2010
    2010 Copiapó mining accident occurs, trapping 33 Chilean miners approximately 2,300 ft below the ground.

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