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Wednesday August 5, 2020

August 5: Day of the Week

August 5, 2020 is the 218th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 148 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is 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)

  • 1100
    Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.
  • 1388
    The Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England, is fought near Otterburn.
  • 1583
    Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 1716
    The Battle of Petrovaradin takes place.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Baton Rouge – along the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Confederate troops drive Union forces back into the city.
  • 1884
    The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990.
  • 1964
    Vietnam 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.
  • 1971
    The 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.

Who were born on August 5?

  • 1797
    Friedrich August Kummer, German composer (d. 1879)
  • 1843
    James Scott Skinner, Scottish composer (d. 1927)
  • 1906
    John Huston, American director (d. 1987)
  • 1922
    L. Tom Perry, American religious figure
  • 1959
    Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive)
  • 1968
    Funkmaster Flex, American hip hop DJ
  • 1972
    Christian Olde Wolbers, Belgian guitarist and bassist (Fear Factory)
  • 1977
    Michael Walsh, English footballer
  • 1987
    Xenia Tchoumitcheva, Swiss model
  • 1997
    Adam Irigoyen, American actor

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