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.
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)
- 1100Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.
- 1388The Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England, is fought near Otterburn.
- 1583Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St John’s, Newfoundland.
- 1716The Battle of Petrovaradin takes place.
- 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.
- 1888Bertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long distance automobile trip, commemorated as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route since 2008.
- 1962Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990.
- 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.
- 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.
Who were born on August 5?
- 1797Friedrich August Kummer, German composer (d. 1879)
- 1843James Scott Skinner, Scottish composer (d. 1927)
- 1906John Huston, American director (d. 1987)
- 1922L. Tom Perry, American religious figure
- 1959Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive)
- 1968Funkmaster Flex, American hip hop DJ
- 1972Christian Olde Wolbers, Belgian guitarist and bassist (Fear Factory)
- 1977Michael Walsh, English footballer
- 1987Xenia Tchoumitcheva, Swiss model
- 1997Adam Irigoyen, American actor
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