5 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Guy de Maupassant, 1850
  • Bruce Barton, 1886
  • Conrad Aiken, 1889
  • John Huston, 1906
  • Robert Taylor, 1911
  • Anita Colby, 1914
  • Neil Armstrong, 1930
  • John Saxon, 1935
  • Patrick Ewing, 1962

Died On This Day:

  • King Louis III France, AD 882
  • Friedrich Engels, 1895
  • Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett, 1929
  • Carmen Miranda, 1955
  • Marilyn Monroe suicide? OD, 1962
  • Judy Canova, 1983
  • Richard Burton, 1984
  • Winthrop Sargeant, 1986
  • Ralph Meeker, 1988
  • Ettore Maserati, 1990
  • Soichiro Honda, 1991
  • Sir Alec Guinness, 2000
  • Budd Schulberg, 2009

Today's Events:

  • 1192 - Richard the Lionheart wins Battle of Jaffa.
  • 1583 - Newfoundland coast sighted and claimed for England by Sir Humphrey Gilbert in sailing ship 'Squirrel.'
  • 1648 - French under Louis II de Conde defeats Spanish at Lens ending the Thirty Years' War.
  • 1709 - Bartolomeu de Gusmao demonstrates first hot air balloon over king's palace in Portugal.
  • 1833 - Village of Chicago incorporated - population 200.
  • 1858 - Cable across Atlantic Ocean completed.
  • 1861 - Federal income tax law passed but revenues on income not collected until following year.
  • 1864 - Commander David Farragut orders 'Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!' in battle of Mobile Bay.
  • 1890 - French protectorate declared over Madagascar.
  • 1891 - First American Express traveler's check cashed.
  • 1909 - Congress passes first Corporation tax.
  • 1914 - First electric traffic lights installed at Euclid Ave. & East 105th, Cleveland. Red & green, no amber.
  • 1921 - First play-by-play baseball game broadcast on KDKA, Pittsburgh. Corsairs beat Philly 8-5.
  • 1939 - British transatlantic mail service inaugurated.
  • 1952 - First transatlantic helicopter flight.
  • 1957 - Dick Clark's 'American Bandstand' makes TV debut; show airs for 30 years.
  • 1960 - Independence for Upper Volta.
  • 1962 - Nelson Mandela sentenced to five years imprisonment; later increased to life.
  • 1963 - Nuclear Test Ban Treaty signed by Britain, America and Russia; no more booms in atmosphere, space.
  • 1972 - Expulsion of Asians from Uganda announced.
  • 1982 - Dick Smith starts first solo 'round the world helicopter flight from Fort Worth, TX.
  • 2003 - House of Bishops votes to confirm Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire - first openly gay bishop in Christendom.
  • 2011 - Standard and Poors downgrades United States' credit rating from AAA to AA+ for the first time in its history.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Afra

Holiday:

  • Day of Nanak, founder of Sikhism

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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