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Monday August 5, 2019

August 5: Day of the Week

August 5, 2019 is the 217th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 148 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Monday.

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

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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)

  • 1071
    Byzantine–Norman wars: Italo-Normans begin a nearly-three-year siege of Bari.
  • 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.
  • 1858
    Cyrus West Field and others complete the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It will operate for less than a month.
  • 1861
    The United States Army abolishes flogging.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    In Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light is installed.
  • 1957
    American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage “baby-boomers” by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuts on the ABC television network.
  • 1974
    Vietnam War: the U.S. Congress places a $1 billion dollar limit on military aid to South Vietnam.

Who were born on August 5?

  • 1397
    Guillaume Dufay, Franco-Flemish composer and theorist (d. 1474)
  • 1811
    Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (d. 1896)
  • 1813
    Ivar Aasen, Norwegian poet and linguist (d. 1896)
  • 1866
    Harry Trott, Australian cricketer (d. 1917)
  • 1889
    Conrad Aiken, American writer (d. 1973)
  • 1927
    Gunnar Bucht, Swedish composer and musicologist
  • 1937
    Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (d. 2003)
  • 1941
    Leonid Kizim, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 2010)
  • 1970
    James Gunn, American filmmaker
  • 1981
    Rachel Scott, American murder victim (d. 1999)

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