August 5: Day of the Week
August 5, 2019 is the 217th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 148 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Monday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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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.
- 1600The Gowrie Conspiracy against King James VI of Scotland (later to become King James I of England) takes place.
- 1860Charles XV of Sweden of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway in Trondheim.
- 1861The United States Army abolishes flogging.
- 1862American Civil War: Battle of Baton Rouge – along the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Confederate troops drive Union forces back into the city.
- 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.
- 1962Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990.
- 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.
Who were born on August 5?
- 1811Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (d. 1896)
- 1813Ivar Aasen, Norwegian poet and linguist (d. 1896)
- 1815Edward John Eyre, English explorer (d. 1901)
- 1914David Brian, American actor (d. 1993)
- 1926Betsy Jolas, French composer
- 1937Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (d. 2003)
- 1941Bob Clark, American film director (d. 2007)
- 1982LoLo Jones, American track and field athlete
- 1983Dawn Richard, American singer (Danity Kane, Dirty Money)
- 1988Shazza McKenzie, American wrestler
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