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Thursday August 5, 2021

August 5: Day of the Week

August 5, 2021 is the 217th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 148 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.

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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

August 2021

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Leo is the zodiac 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.

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August 5 Historical Event(s)

  • 1763
    Pontiac’s War: Battle of Bushy Run – British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac’s Indians at Bushy Run.
  • 1858
    Cyrus West Field and others complete the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It will operate for less than a month.
  • 1860
    Charles XV of Sweden of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway in Trondheim.
  • 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States government levies the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US $800; rescinded in 1872).
  • 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.
  • 1940
    World War II: the Soviet Union formally annexes Latvia.
  • 1949
    In Ecuador, an earthquake destroys 50 towns and kills more than 6,000.
  • 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.
  • 1974
    Vietnam War: the U.S. Congress places a $1 billion dollar limit on military aid to South Vietnam.
  • 2003
    A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.

Who were born on August 5?

  • 1827
    Deodoro da Fonseca, Brazilian statesman (d. 1892)
  • 1888
    Victor Francen, Belgian-born French actor (d. 1977)
  • 1890
    Naum Gabo, Russian sculptor (d. 1977)
  • 1914
    David Brian, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1937
    Brian G. Marsden, British astronomer (d. 2010)
  • 1941
    Leonid Kizim, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 2010)
  • 1956
    Jerry Ciccoritti, Canadian film director
  • 1962
    Otis Thorpe, American basketball player
  • 1969
    Venkatesh Prasad, Indian cricketer
  • 1983
    Korey Hall, American football player

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