August 5: Day of the Week
August 5, 2018 was the 217th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 148 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is domingo.
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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.
- 910The 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.
- 1716The Battle of Petrovaradin takes place.
- 1781The Battle of Dogger Bank takes place.
- 1858Cyrus West Field and others complete the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It will operate for less than a month.
- 1861The United States Army abolishes flogging.
- 1914In Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light is installed.
- 1960Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.
- 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.
- 1979In Afghanistan, Maoists undertake an attempted military uprising.
Who were born on August 5?
- 1694Leonardo Leo, Italian composer (d. 1744)
- 1828Queen Louise of the Netherlands, Dutch consort of Charles XV of Sweden (d. 1871)
- 1866Carl Harries, German chemist (d. 1923)
- 1908Harold Holt, 17th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)
- 1912Abbé Pierre, French Catholic priest (d. 2007)
- 1918Betty Oliphant, Canadian ballerina (d. 2004)
- 1937Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (d. 2003)
- 1953Rick Mahler, American baseball player (d. 2005)
- 1973Sean Sherk, American mixed martial artist
- 1980Ali Umar, Maldivian footballer
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