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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.
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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)
- 1388The Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England, is fought near Otterburn.
- 1583Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St John’s, Newfoundland.
- 1861American 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States government levies the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US $800; rescinded in 1872).
- 1874Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in the United Kingdom.
- 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.
- 1971The 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.
- 1981Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.
- 1989General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
- 1995The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated in Croatia as Victory Day.
- 20102010 Copiapó mining accident occurs, trapping 33 Chilean miners approximately 2,300 ft below the ground.
Who were born on August 5?
- 1843James Scott Skinner, Scottish composer (d. 1927)
- 1862Joseph Merrick, English sideshow performer (d. 1890)
- 1946Ron Silliman, American poet
- 1947Bernie Carbo, American baseball player
- 1956Maureen McCormick, American actress
- 1965Jeff Coffin, American jazz and alternative rock musician
- 1968Funkmaster Flex, American hip hop DJ
- 1968Terri Clark, Canadian country singer
- 1977Eric Hinske, American baseball player
- 1985Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer
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