About August 5

August 5, 2022 is the 217th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 148 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 170 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 5

  • 642
    Battle of Maserfield – Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Northumbria.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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States government levies the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US $800; rescinded in 1872).
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Baton Rouge – along the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Confederate troops drive Union forces back into the city.
  • 1870
    Franco-Prussian War: the Battle of Spicheren is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
  • 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.
  • 1901
    Peter O'Connor sets the first IAAF recognised long jump world record of 24 ft The record will stand for 20 years.
  • 1906
    Persian Constitutional Revolution: Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, King of Iran, agrees to convert the government to a constitutional monarchy.
  • 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.
  • 1963
    The United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union sign a nuclear test ban treaty.
  • 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.
  • 1989
    General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
  • 2010
    2010 Copiapó mining accident occurs, trapping 33 Chilean miners approximately 2,300 ft below the ground.

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