August 5: Day of the Week
August 5, 2019 was the 217th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 148 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Getsuyōbi.
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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)
- 642Battle of Maserfield – Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Northumbria.
- 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.
- 1388The Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England, is fought near Otterburn.
- 1716The Battle of Petrovaradin takes place.
- 1864American Civil War: the Battle of Mobile Bay begins – at Mobile Bay near Mobile, Alabama, Admiral David Farragut leads a Union flotilla through Confederate defenses and seals one of the last major Southern ports.
- 1884The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.
- 1914In Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light is installed.
- 1914World War I: the German minelayer Königin Luise lays a minefield about 40 mi of the Thames Estuary (Lowestoft). She is intercepted and sunk by the British light-cruiser HMS Amphion.
- 1949The Mann Gulch fire kills 13 firefighters in Montana.
- 1974Vietnam War: the U.S. Congress places a $1 billion dollar limit on military aid to South Vietnam.
Who were born on August 5?
- 1866Carl Harries, German chemist (d. 1923)
- 1918Betty Oliphant, Canadian ballerina (d. 2004)
- 1926Betsy Jolas, French composer
- 1968Funkmaster Flex, American hip hop DJ
- 1968Oleg Luzhny, Ukrainian footballer
- 1969Vasbert Drakes, Barbadian cricketer
- 1973Sanwar Hossain, Bangladeshi cricketer
- 1978Rita Faltoyano, Hungarian pornographic actress
- 1981David Clarke, British ice hockey player
- 1987Genelia D'Souza, Indian actress
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