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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is lunes.
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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.
- 1071Byzantine–Norman wars: Italo-Normans begin a nearly-three-year siege of Bari.
- 1583Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St John’s, Newfoundland.
- 1600The Gowrie Conspiracy against King James VI of Scotland (later to become King James I of England) takes place.
- 1824Greek War of Independence: Constantine Kanaris leads a Greek fleet to victory against Ottoman and Egyptian ships in the Battle of Samos.
- 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States government levies the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US $800; rescinded in 1872).
- 1861The United States Army abolishes flogging.
- 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.
- 1964Vietnam War: Operation Pierce Arrow – American aircraft from carriers USS Ticonderoga and USS Constellation bomb North Vietnam in retaliation for strikes against U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.
- 20102010 Copiapó mining accident occurs, trapping 33 Chilean miners approximately 2,300 ft below the ground.
Who were born on August 5?
- 1906Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel laureate (d. 1999)
- 1918Betty Oliphant, Canadian ballerina (d. 2004)
- 1932Tera de Marez Oyens, Dutch composer (d. 1996)
- 1965Scott William Winters, American actor
- 1975Haim Goldenberg, Israeli/Canadian mentalist (GoldMind)
- 1977Eric Hinske, American baseball player
- 1979David Healy, Northern Irish footballer
- 1980Sophie Winkleman, English actress
- 1981Cory Williams, American internet celebrity
- 1982Tobias Regner, German singer
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