August 5 Events in History - August 5 Birthdays - August 5 Deaths
2015 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency turns polluter by accidentally releasing a million gallons of heavy-metal-laden mining wastewater into Colorado's Animas River while investigating a Superfund site
2014 Russia counters sanctions by the U.S. and the European Union by banning all imports of dairy, fish, meat, fruit and vegetables; Ukrainian flights have also been prohibited from Russian air space
2014 Over 1.2 billion security credentials have been stolen in a Russian-led hacking ring; data was stolen from over 420,000 websites, but the websites and victim names have not yet been disclosed
2013 'The Washington Post', a privately held newspaper, is purchased by CEO Jeff Bezos
2013 In London, the world's first bovine stem cells lab-grown burger is cooked and eaten at a news conference; one food expert said it was 'close to meat, but not that juicy'
2012 A refugee camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo experiences an outbreak of cholera; thousands have fled there due to fighting between government troops and M23 rebels
2012 Britain tennis pro Andy Murray wins the16th gold medal for Britain during the 2012 Summer Olympics after defeating Roger Federer in the men's singles final
2011 Thailand's parliament officially elects Yingluck Shinawatra as Prime Minister of Thailand; Yingluck is Thailand's first female Prime Minister
2011 Typhoon Muifa approaches Japan's island of Okinawa; the typhoon is expected to be one of the most powerful storms to hit China in recent years
2010 A piano reportedly played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is found in Baden-Baden, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
2010 Model Naomi Campbell confirms former President of Liberia Charles Taylor gave her diamonds she described as 'dirty looking stones'
2010 Somali pirates seize a freighter from Syria with 24 crewmembers in the Gulf of Aden
2009 The engine on an airbus A320 plane catches fire at Paris-Orly airport, eight people are injured
1997 Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive
1997 Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of world trade center bombing goes on trial
1997 Soyuz TM-26 crew of Anatoly Solovyov and Pavel Vinogradov, launched
1996 Dallas Cowboys play Kansas City Chiefs in Monterrey Mexico
1994 Antonov-12 crash down at Boda, East-Siberia, 47 killed
1994 Rocker Billy Idol admitted to the hospital after drug overdose
1992 4 cops in Rodney King beating case indicted on civil rights charge
1991 Sergeo Bubka of U.S.S.R. sets pole vault record (20'") in Malmo Sweden
1990 Barb Mucha wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
1990 Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan inducted into hall of fame
1988 Mario Biaggi, Representative-D-New York, convicted of racketeering resigns seat
1986 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 5k woman's record (14:37.33)
1986 Steve Carlton is 2nd to pitch 4,000 strikeout
1986 U.S. Senate votes for SDI-project, Star Wars
1986 It's revealed Andrew Wyeth had, secretly created 240 drawings and paintings of his neighbor Helga Testorf, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
1985 Baseball players go on strike for 2 days
1985 Establishment of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is announced
1985 Flexible-wing glider altitude record (214,250') set by Larry Tudor
1984 Alice Miller wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic
1984 Joan Benoit (U.S.) wins 1st Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52)
1984 Lou Pinella Day at Yankee Stadium
1984 Toronto's Cliff Johnson hits record 19th career pinch home run
1982 Stephabue Hix, of Alabama, 18, crowned Miss National Teen-Ager
1982 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 President Regan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers
1981 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980 Expos Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game as a manager
1980 New York Met Doug Flynn ties record of 3 triples in a game
1979 "But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater New York City after 7 performances
1979 Government of Mauretania signs peace treaty with Polisario
1979 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate European Golf Open
1979 Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single
1979 Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America
1979 Willie Mays, Warren Giles, and Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame
1978 New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)
1975 Phillies 1st 8 batters get hits for a record, beat Cubs 13-5
1975 Stevie Wonder signs $13M contract with Motown
1974 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways
1974 President Nixon admits he withheld information about Watergate break-in
1973 Arab terrorists open fire at Athens airport, kills 3 injures 55
1973 Atlanta Braves Phil Niekro no-hits San Diego Padres, 9-0
1973 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Pabst Ladies Golf Classic
1973 U.S.S.R. launches Mars 6
1972 Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin"
1972 Uganda president Idi Amin throws out all 80,000 Asians
1972 Detroit shortstop Ed Brinkman errors ends record streak of 72 games and 331 total chances without a miscue
1971 WNPE TV channel 16 in Watertown, New York (PBS) begins broadcasting
1970 Robert Morley's "How the Other Half Loves," premieres in London
1970 U.S. Black Panther leader Huey Newton let out of jail
1969 Mariner 7 flies past Mars
1969 Pirate Willie Stargell is 1st to hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium
1968 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, Tennessee (IND) 1st broadcast
1967 1st time an AFL team beats an NFL team, Broncos beats Detroit 13-7
1967 Bobby Gentry releases her only hit "Ode to Billy Joe"
1966 33rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0 (72,000)
1966 Beatles' "Revolver" album is released
1966 Jose Torres beats Eddie Cotton to retain light-HW boxing title
1966 Martin Luther King, Jr. stoned during Chicago march
1966 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1966 Beatles release "Yellow Submarine" and "Eleanor Rigby" in UK
1965 Dave Marr wins PGA title
1964 Actress Anne Bancroft and comedian Mel Brooks wed
1964 Beatles record "Leave My Kitten Alone"
1964 Congo rebellion: Christopher Gbenye/Pierre Mulele conquer Stanleyville
1964 Ford Frick says he will not run for another term as commissioner
1964 U.S. begins bombing North Vietnam
1963 Britain, U.S. and U.S.S.R. sign nuclear test ban treaty
1963 Craig Breedlove sets world auto speed record at 407.45 MPH
1963 U.S., U.S.S.R. and Great Britain agree to discuss banning nuclear testing
1962 1st quasar located by radio
1962 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
1962 Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement and illeagally leaving South Africa
1962 U.N. command forbids flights to Katangese airports
1961 118 degrees F (48 degrees C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
1961 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Montreal Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal
1960 Burkina (formerly Upper Volta) declares independence from France
1960 Detroit trades manager Jimmy Dykes for Cleveland's manager Joe Gordon
1959 42.4 cm rainfall in Decatur Co, Iowa (state record)
1959 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 55-26 in Toronto
1958 Atomic sub USS Nautilus completes 1st trip under North Pole
1958 Philip Kapleau, Zen teacher, 1st awakening under Yasutani Roshi
1957 "American Bandstand," begins network TV (ABC)
1957 Comic strip "Andy Capp" made its debut
1957 WJZ-TV in Baltimore MD begins radio transmissions
1957 Bkln Sports Authority gets an engineering report on 50,000-seat stadium in downtown area for estimated $207 million
1956 KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS/ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1956 Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Golf Open
1956 WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, Virginia (NBC) begins broadcasting
1955 After playing 274 straight games at 2nd base, Nellie Fox is given a day off he comes back next 798 consecutive games
1954 Boxing Hall of Fame's 1st election selects 24 modern and 15 pioneers
1954 Patty Berg wins LPGA World Golf Championshio
1953 Operation "Big Switch" Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom
1951 Armed uprising in Ambonezen Camp Middelburg
1950 Ezzard Charles KOs Freddie Beshore to retain HW boxing title
1950 Florence Chadwick swims English Canal (13:23)
1949 6.75 Earthquake hits Quito; about 6000 die
1948 Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6)
1947 Netherlands ceases political action in Indonesia, due to United Nations pressure
1945 Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Aug 6th in Japan)
1944 U.S. 79th/90th division occupy Laval/Mayenne
1944 U.S. troops occupy Vannes Bretagne
1943 Sicily: 3 U.S. A-36's bomb British headquarter
1943 Soviet forces reconquer Orel and Bjelgorod
1942 British government cancels agreement of Munich
1942 German troops cross Kuban River
1940 "Acquaintance" blows-up Zandvoortse synagouge
1940 St. Louis Brown John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings
1938 33rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Philadelphia (3-2)
1937 Ranger (U.S.) beats Endeavour II (England) in 17th America's Cup
1936 At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal
1931 Det Tiger Tommy Bridges perfect game is broken up with 2 outs in 9th
1927 Phillies Cy Williams hits for cycle in just 4 at bats
1926 1st talkie movie "Don Juan" at Warner Theatre, New York
1926 French and German trade agreement signed
1926 Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1 hours
1924 Comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," by Harold Gray, debuts
1923 1st American to swim English Channel, Henry Sullivan
1921 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)
1921 Treaty of Berlin: U.S. and Germany sign separate peace treaty
1917 British troops attack canal of Ypres in Boesinghe Belgium
1915 German troops over run Warsaw
1915 Warsaw, evacuated by the Russians, is occupied by Germans
1914 1st traffic light installed, Euclid Ave and E 105th St, Cleveland
1914 Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina proclaim neutrality in WW I
1914 Dutch Cort Van de Linden government issues silver bonds as money
1914 Massive German assault on forts around Luik
1914 Montenegro declares war against Austria-Hungary in World War I
1914 U.S. beats Australia, 3-2, to win Davis Cup
1914 U.S., Nicaragua sign treaty granting canal rights to U.S.
1914 Westerschelde leaves due to German invasion in Belgium
1901 Peter O'Connor of Ireland, sets then long jump record at 24' 11 3/4"
1891 1st travelers checks issued, American Express
1890 British and French accord to divide African colonization
1884 Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island (New York City)
1877 Henry Morton Stanley's letter in order to aid reaches Boma at Congo
1864 Battle of Mobile Bay Al-Farragut is given rank of Vice-Admiral
1864 Spectrum of a comet observed for 1st time, by Giovanni Donati
1862 Battle of Baton Rouge, LA
1861 Enlistment increases from 3 months to 2 years
1861 Naval Engagement at Fernandina, FL-USS Vincennes ends rebel blockade
1861 U.S. Army abolishes flogging
1861 U.S. levies its 1st Income Tax (3% of incomes over $800)
1858 Cyrus W. Field completes 1st transatlantic telegraph cable
1846 Oregon country divided between U.S. and Britain at 49th parallel
1837 1st ascent of Mount Marcy (5,344') highest in Adirondack, New York
1781 Battle at Doggers Bank: Dutch fleet vs English fleet
1775 1st Spanish ship, San Carlos, enters San Francisco Bay
1772 1st partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia and Russia
1745 Skirmish at Laggan: Glengarry beats Royal Scots
1716 Battle at Peterwardein: Eugenius van Savoye beats Turks
1667 State of Holland obtain Eternal Edict
1666 English fleet beats Dutch under Michiel the Ruyter
1654 French troops occupy Stenay
1587 Spanish troops conquer Lock
1583 Gilbert claims Newfoundland (1st English colony in North America)
1543 French and Turkish troops occupy Nice
1435 Battle at Ponza: king Alfonso V of Aragon captured by Genuezen
1420 Duke John VI of Bavaria visits "Christ's bride"/virgin Liduina
1399 Battle at Worskla: Tataren beat Russians and Litouwers
1391 Castilian sailors fire attack Jewish ghetto of Barcelona, 100's killed
1391 Jews are massacred in Toledo and Barcelona Spain
1264 Anti-Jewish riots break out in Arnstadt Germany
1071 Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes captured/Islam advances through Europe
135 Betar last outpost of Bar Kochba falls to Rome