August 5: Day of the Week
August 5, 2021 was the 217th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 148 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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)
- 910The 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.
- 1305William 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.
- 1763Pontiac’s War: Battle of Bushy Run – British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac’s Indians at Bushy Run.
- 1781The Battle of Dogger Bank takes place.
- 1861The United States Army abolishes flogging.
- 1940World War II: the Soviet Union formally annexes Latvia.
- 1957American 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.
- 1962Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990.
- 1963The United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union sign a nuclear test ban treaty.
- 1981Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.
Who were born on August 5?
- 1802Niels Henrik Abel, Norwegian mathematician (d. 1829)
- 1877Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (d. 1917)
- 1918Betty Oliphant, Canadian ballerina (d. 2004)
- 1959Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive)
- 1962Otis Thorpe, American basketball player
- 1965Motoi Sakuraba, Japanese composer
- 1968Terri Clark, Canadian country singer
- 1970James Gunn, American filmmaker
- 1972Ikuto Hidaka, Japanese professional wrestler
- 1980Salvador Cabañas, Paraguayan footballer
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