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Wednesday August 5, 2020

August 5: Day of the Week

August 5, 2020 was the 218th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 148 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was 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.
  • 1583
    Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 1620
    The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America.
  • 1735
    Freedom of the press: New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger is acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that what he had published was true.
  • 1861
    American 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States government levies the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US $800; rescinded in 1872).
  • 1874
    Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in the United Kingdom.
  • 1882
    The Standard Oil of New Jersey is established.
  • 1888
    Bertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long distance automobile trip, commemorated as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route since 2008.
  • 1965
    The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 begins as Pakistani soldiers cross the Line of Control dressed as locals.
  • 1979
    In Afghanistan, Maoists undertake an attempted military uprising.

Who were born on August 5?

  • 1910
    Bruno Coquatrix, French songwriter and music impresario (d. 1979)
  • 1922
    L. Tom Perry, American religious figure
  • 1946
    Loni Anderson, American actress
  • 1946
    Rick van der Linden, Dutch composer and keyboardist
  • 1946
    Ron Silliman, American poet
  • 1960
    Seth Swirsky, American songwriter
  • 1968
    Oleg Luzhny, Ukrainian footballer
  • 1976
    Marian Pahars, Latvian footballer
  • 1981
    Cory Williams, American internet celebrity
  • 1982
    Tobias Regner, German singer

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