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Wednesday August 5, 2020

August 5: Day of the Week

August 5, 2020 is the 218th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 148 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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

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

August 2020

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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)

  • 910
    The 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.
  • 1716
    The Battle of Petrovaradin takes place.
  • 1781
    The Battle of Dogger Bank takes place.
  • 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.
  • 1882
    The Standard Oil of New Jersey is established.
  • 1940
    World War II: the Soviet Union formally annexes Latvia.
  • 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.
  • 1960
    Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.
  • 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.

Who were born on August 5?

  • 1641
    John Hathorne, American magistrate (d. 1717)
  • 1844
    Ilya Yefimovich Repin, Russian painter and sculptor (d. 1930)
  • 1906
    John Huston, American director (d. 1987)
  • 1935
    John Saxon, American actor
  • 1946
    Bruce Coslet, American football player and coach
  • 1946
    Erika Slezak, American actress
  • 1966
    Jennifer Finch, American photographer and musician
  • 1966
    Jonathan Silverman, American actor
  • 1972
    Theodore Whitmore, Jamaican footballer
  • 1973
    Sanwar Hossain, Bangladeshi cricketer

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